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Outstanding Student Section Award

Co-sponsored by American Society of Safety Engineers and Mine Safety Appliances Company

The Outstanding Student Section Award recognizes and encourages the activities of established ASSE Student Section and honors the Section making the most significant contributions toward the advancement of excellence in safety education and research.


A $6,000 award and plaque is presented by Mine Safety Appliances Co. to the school in honor of the selected Student Section.

Student Sections who meet the Annual Minimum Criteria, but do not win the Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award will receive $500.00 from the American Society of Safety Engineers. These awards are sponsored by ASSE for all the hard work that our student sections do!

Annual Minimum Requirements

Student Section publishes a newsletter at least 4 times during the academic year.
Student Section sends at least one representative to a minimum of 2 parent-chapter General Membership or Executive Committee meetings per year.
Student Section conducts at least 6 meetings per year, with 4 being of technical content.
Student Section Bylaws are reviewed annually and have been revised (as needed) and re-approved within the last 2 years.
Student Section cooperates with the Faculty Advisor on all matters.

Note: All Student Sections applying for the Outstanding Student Section Award must meet all of the minimum criteria in order to continue into national competition.  Student Sections that are deficient in any of the above will not be eligible.

Judging Criteria

The following criteria will be used in the evaluation of applications for the award. New ideas, concepts, methods in campus activities, continuing education and research that enhances Section service will be rated highly.

Professional Development

Student Section Sponsored Research and Application

Community and Professional Enhancement



Student Section Participation

New in 2013-2014 - Student Section engages with the ASSE Foundation
Suggestions of ways to engage with the ASSE Foundation can be found here

*Outstanding Student Sections are not required to engage with the ASSE Foundation. Our aim is to   gather information on how student sections interact with, and give back to, the Foundation, as this criterion will possibly be considered as a minimum requirement for future OSSA Awards.

For more information on Judging Criteria download the Overview of OSSA.

2014 OSSA Application

Applications for the 2014 - 2015 Outstanding Student Section Award will be accepted in Spring 2015.

ASSE Contact Information

Chapter/Student Services staff
Lauren Thompson

ASSE Customer Service
(847) 699-2929

Examples of Winning Applications