Cooperative Education & Internship Program Student of the Year Awards

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UW-Stout would like to recognize professionally minded students who experienced success during their Cooperative Education or Internship experience. The Cooperative Education & Internship Program (CEIP) Student of the Year Award is designed to honor outstanding students who have made significant contributions to their employers while showing high levels of personal motivation and talent within their professional field as Co-op and Internship students.  Work experience is an essential part of UW-Stout’s career-focused mission and high employment rate upon graduation.  These students displayed great professionalism, strong work ethic, and a willingness to work through obstacles while going above and beyond their job responsibilities and exceeded established performance standards.  These students were able to use the CEIP program to its full potential ultimately spring boarding their career as a successful professional all while positively representing themselves, their academic program, and UW-Stout.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

Award Recipient Benefits
  • Recognition plaque at spring Leadership Awards Reception.
  • Campus-wide marketing campaign (including professional photo which will appear with an article about your award and will be presented in various university publications)
  • Spotlighted on UW-Stout Career Services social media and annual brochures
  • Undergraduate or graduate student who has successfully completed a co-op or field experience
  • Enrolled as UW-Stout student when application is submitted
Application Process

Applications are self-nomination; eligible students are invited to apply for the award annually (end of January). Application window is typically 5-6 weeks long. Application includes: student application form, self-nomination essay, performance evaluations and a minimum of one recommendation (employer or faculty).

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee. Award recipient(s) will be announced in March and officially recognized at spring Leadership Awards Reception (May).

Leadership Award Reception

Co-hosted by UW-Stout Career Services and UW-Stout Involvement Center. Celebration event includes our Chancellor, UW- Stout Administrators, Faculty and Staff, employers, family, friends and peers.

2024 CEIP Student of the Year Recipients

Student NameMajorCompany
Tony CandlerBusiness AdministrationTalon Development
Mareike ChristiansonInterior DesignSamuels Group
Kalie DahlHotel Restaurant and Tourism ManagementIDeaS - a SAS Company
Ethan DraegerBusiness AdministrationClient First Tax and Wealth Advisors 
Camryn GettendorfRetail Merchandising and ManagementBurlington Stores
Whitney HamiltonRehabWI Department of Corrections
Greyson HammerPackagingBoston Scientific
Nolan HarkeSupply Chain ManagementPierce Manufacturing
Riley HenkInterior DesignFluid Interiors
Jason HovarterComputer and Electrical EngineeringBW Systems
Isaiah HoyordConstructionHoffman Planning, Design & Construction
Jenna JablonskiPsychologyPartners in Excellence
Annie JacobsonReal Estate Property ManagementWeidner Apartment Homes
Glen JakoberReal Estate Property ManagementWeidner Apartment Homes
Nicole KressGraphic Design and Interactive MediaRoyal Credit Union
DJ KronMechanical EngineeringJennie-O Turkey Store
Mitchell KubenyMechanical EngineeringGreenheck
Ana MaupinDigital Marketing TechnologyMidland Plastics
Emily McNettApplied Mathematics and Computer ScienceNSF National Center for Atmospheric Research
Zachary MorganManufacturing EngineeringAndersen Corporation
Jeremy O'ConnorConstructionKnutson Construction
Waveland RushtonEngineering TechnologyPhillips-Medisize - a Molex Company
Madison SkaggsGraphic Design and Interactive MediaPetSmart
Pheng ThaoStudio ArtUW-Stout
Emma Lynn TynanFashion and RetailKohl's

Previous Recipients

2023 CEIP Student of the Year Recipients
Student NameMajorCompany
Isabel BratleyRetail Merchandising & ManagementMaurices
Kendra DurkeeBusiness AdministrationSuperior Diesel
Connor EnginMechanical EngineeringFlex
Jacie GordonBusiness AdministrationTarget
Caleb GrablinHotel, Restaurant & Tourism ManagementGeneva National Resort & Club
Anna HansenApplied Mathematics & Computer ScienceUW-Stout
Julia HellquistMechanical EngineeringGeneral Motors
Daniel JohnsenComputer ScienceHennepin County
Connor JohnsonComputer & Electrical EngineeringJohn B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
Anna KentPackagingKimberly-Clark
Preston LeighComputer & Electrical EngineeringMedtronic
Olivia LeipnitzPackagingSchreiber Foods
Ellise LittleFashion & RetailDestination Kohler – Whistling Straits
Laura MakComputer & Electrical EngineeringCollins Aerospace
Riley MichaudHotel, Restaurant & Tourism ManagementStock Farm Club
Ethan MyersPackagingSchreiber Foods
Sara NyhusEntertainment DesignUW-Stout
Breanna PencePsychologyDomestic Abuse Intervention Services
Allison PizziInterior DesignBrick + Linen
Michael RosinMechanical EngineeringEmpire Level
Rebecca SchipperPackagingKohler Co.
Andrew SvobHotel, Restaurant & Tourism ManagementWalt Disney World
Sadhana ThokachichuM.S. Food & Nutritional SciencesBunge
Halle WeinmannInterior DesignCuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Ashley YoshinoHotel, Restaurant & Tourism ManagementStock Farm Club
Austin ZoborowskiManufacturing EngineeringGreenheck
2022 CEIP Student of the Year Recipients
Student NameMajorCompany
Ben AgenConstructionMiron Construction
Carlie BeattyApplied ScienceShamrock Animal Hospital
Maggie ChiuRetail Merchandising & ManagementTarget
Connor ErwinPackagingInland Packaging
Delaney EslingerInterior DesignMAI Animal Health
Ali FloraInterior DesignAshley Furniture
Claire HennemanHotel, Restaurant & Tourism ManagementLeinenkugel Brewing Company
Tanner HornungMechanical EngineeringMidwest Manufacturing
Anna KentPackagingBoston Scientific
Nicolas LangenfeldComputer Networking Information TechnologyWaupaca Foundry
Haylee LeonardRetail Merchandising & ManagementKohl's
Tori McGrawBusiness AdministrationSuperior Charters
Jacob MillerMechanical EngineeringBobcat Company
Abby SchmidtkeGraphic Design & Interactive MediaUniversity of Wisconsin-Stout
Paul SchultzApplied Mathematics & Computer ScienceRed Hat
Lydia SimpsonHotel, Restaurant & Tourism ManagementSt. Joe Hospitality
Marianne StarksInformation Communication TechnologiesBayer
Reece VanderheiPlastics EngineeringGamber-Johnson
Ty WeissComputer & Electrical EngineeringSeagrave
Adam Shilong YangHealth, Wellness & FitnessPlanet Fitness
Ashley YoshinoHotel, Restaurant & Tourism ManagementOld Baldy Club
2021 CEIP Student of the Year Recipients
StudentAcademic ProgramCompany
Hunter BorchertMechanical Engineering Kohler Co.
Kayla Chamberlain Packaging 3M
Connor Erwin Packaging Boston Scientific
Kaylee Harris Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management UW-Stout - Involvement Center
Lauren HughesRetail Merchandising & ManagementBuckle Inc.
Nicholas Jerred Industrial Design The Prestwick Companies 
Connor Johnson ConstructionDBS Group
Caeleb Johnson Packaging WestRock 
Sammy Krugel Graphic Design & Interactive MediaThe Gruenke Company 
Katie Lawler Retail Merchandising & ManagementTarget
Maddy Lord Packaging Schreiber Foods 
Jay LuckowConstructionJ.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Jakob Margetta Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management La Cabana Mexican Cuisine 
Grace MaurerProfessional Communication & Emerging MediaUW-Stout - Stout Online
Jordan Moulton Manufacturing Engineering Phillips-Medisize
Anna Schmidtke Apparel Design & Development Core Products International Inc.
Austin Skoug Packaging Promega Corporation 
Alysha Stieber Business AdministrationAmerican Edge Real Estate Services 
Nilu UmarovaHotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Milwaukee Country Club 
Sarah WebberPackaging Smiths Medical 
Adam WestendorfHotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Greenporter Hotel 


2020 CEIP Student of the Year Recipients
StudentAcademic ProgramCo-op Company
Kirstin AndersonBusiness AdministrationRockford Toolcraft, Inc
Brant AttlesonConstructionWestern Specialty Contractors
Maria BrownellPackaging3M
Matthew BuechelManufacturing EngineeringSchuette Metals
Logan FogeltanzMechanical EngineeringHusco International
Abi GardinerGraphic CommunicationsNosco
Max GrovogelManufacturing EngineeringSchreiber Foods
Jack GrubishConstructionRyan Mechanical, Inc.
Mary IliopoulosMechanical EngineeringITW Deltar Fasteners
Jessica KastelloGraphic CommunicationsGreat Northern Corporation
Chase KirbyMechanical EngineeringSeagrave Fire Apparatus
Addie KubitzReal Estate Property ManagementWeidner Apartment Homes
Parker LehmannManufacturing EngineeringSeagrave Fire Apparatus
Casey MiklBusiness AdministrationBending Branches
Isabella PedlarRetail Merchandising ManagementRoss Stores, Inc
Rana PluemerHospitality & Tourism ManagementDestination Kohler
Clarice TumeProfessional Communications & Emerging MediaSelma Center for Nonviolence
Nilufar UmarovaHospitality & Tourism ManagementMilwaukee Country Club
Alyssa WeberEnvironmental ScienceUW-Sprout Campus Garden
Brookelynn WeeksHospitality & Tourism ManagementThe Beloit Club
Christel WeltzinFood ScienceNestle
Angel YangApparel Design & DevelopmentChico's FAS, Inc
Paige YonComputer ScienceDigi-Key


2019 CEIP Student of the Year Recipients
StudentAcademic ProgramCo-op Company
Alexandra BauerMechanical EngineeringnVent
Katelynn Chamberlin P.S.M. Conservation BiologyMN Parks and Recreation  Board
Jessica DuvalApplied ScienceThe Medical College of WI
Abigail FawcettDigital Marketing Technology    Great River Energy
Jordyn FitzgeraldGolf Enterprise Management; Real Estate Property ManagementWild Ridge Golf Course
Olivia FlickerInterior DesignBeth Whitlinger Interior Design
Maizee FreemanHotel Restaurant & Tourism Management    Erin Hills
Drake GadboisPackagingJack Links
Christopher GeorgeEngineering Technology    Kohler
Cole GonyeaDigital Marketing Technology    Noah’s Ark
Hannah GostonczikGolf Enterprise Management; Real Estate Property ManagementAnchorage Golf Course
Joseph KannelMechanical Engineering    Phillips Medisize
Annalise MarkBusiness Administration    Hormel
Rana PluemerHotel Restaurant & Tourism Management; Golf Enterprise ManagementGrand Geneva Resort & Spa
Taylor ThomasApplied Mathematics & Computer ScienceNASA
Austin WheatonEngineering TechnologyTherma-Tron-X Inc.
Abbigail  WinskiHotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management; Real Estate Property ManagementThe Landmark Resort
Kyle ZeilingerManufacturing EngineeringPrent


2018 CEIP Student of the Year Recipients
StudentAcademic ProgramCo-op Company
Danielle KomroCross Media GraphicsJaps-Olson
Ryan KnudtsonPackagingJohnsonville
Rachel HornRetail Merchandising & ManagementNordstrom Inc.
Morgan KruegerConstructionHensel Phelps Construction
MaryAnn FelicianoRisk ControlEssentra Packaging
Eric KuhnCross Media GraphicsCrossmark Graphics
Casey HolmanGame Design & DevelopmentiDTech Camps
Zachary HowardEngineering TechnologyWausau Windows
Cody MarquardtPackagingHarley-Davidson
Lucas MorganMechanical EngineeringQuanex
Becca FrederiksenRetail Merchandising & ManagementKohl's
Mohammadali NagarwalaFood ScienceNestle
Taylor GentilePackagingBelmark
2017 CEIP Student of the Year Recipients
StudentAcademic ProgramCo-op Company
Matthew BoudartConstructionKrugel Cobbles
Jens BringsjordGraphic DesignAdidas Headquarters
Britta BurghardtCross Media Graphics ManagementArandell
Ashley BurkhalterBusiness AdministrationBuffalo Wild Wings Headquarters
Josh CarrConstructionKraus Anderson Construction Company
Maria GrzywaCross Media Graphics ManagementGlobal Printing
Brianna HanneFood Systems TechnologyBuffalo Wild Wings Headquarters
Vanessa HinrichsPackagingSC Johnson
Alexandria HugginsApplied ScienceElite Medical Scribe
Nick RichardsManufacturing EngineeringLoparex
Taylor PossPackagingPepsi Co
Alyssa RuppGraphic Design & Interactive MediaSt Croix National Scenic Riverway
Peter WikmanPackagingKimberly-Clark Corporation


2016 CEIP Student of the Year Recipients
StudentAcademic ProgramCo-op Company
Shelby FreedlundApparel Design & DevelopmentKohl's Corporation
Michael GuzmanManufacturing EngineeringFischer - International
Aaron SonnemannManufacturing EngineeringPhillips Medisize
Carl HansonConstructionRyan Companies
Taylor LawrenceConstructionMax Steininger, Inc.
Brittany HameisterEngineering TechnologyMinneapolis Die Casting
Katelyn LokrantzSupply Chain ManagementKohler
Juan RiveraOperations & Supply ChainLand O' Lakes
Kathryn SchulteGraphic DesignGreat Northern Corporation
Chandra WileyEnvironmental ScienceUW-Stout's Chippewa Moraine Ephemeral Ponds Project