Congrats to our 2020 Ginsberg Family Recipients

Each year, the Ginsberg Family Awards recognize students who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions to the university community while maintaining a record of academic excellence. The awards are a legacy of Paul Ginsberg, former dean of students at UW-Madison, and his family. They honor the values that Paul Ginsberg was always proud of in his students — their academic success and their involvement in student leadership and volunteering.

This year, 25 outstanding juniors and seniors who displayed these values are honored with the award and a $1,000 scholarship.

“All 25 Ginsberg Family Awards recipients have demonstrated outstanding involvement and community impact. UW-Madison is an exceptional place because of students like this, and we know the legacy that they leave will not soon be forgotten,” says Christina Olstad, Dean of Students. “I am so impressed with all that the awardees have accomplished and excited to see what they will do in the future. Through their leadership, scholarship and service, they have all made a significant impact on the campus and broader community.”

See Dean Olstad’s remarks on the awards: 


See the award winners below:

Associated Student of Madison

Yogev Ben-Yitschak – Marketing; Digital Studies

Center for Leadership & Involvement

Michael Makowski – German; Political Science

Center for the First-Year Experience

Emiliana Almanza Lopez – Sociology; Environmental Studies

Dean of Student Office

Robin Mwai – Rehabilitation Psychology

Gender & Sexuality Campus Center

Elijah Holmes – Psychology

International Student Services

Yiding Wang – Genetics & Genomics; Italian

McBurney Disability Resource Center

Katherine Reinemann – Nursing; Cert. In Gender and Women’s Studies

Multicultural Student Center

Shiloah Coley – Journalism, Cert. in Studio Art, Afro-American Studies

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

Alexandria Peetz – Management & Human Resources; Risk Management & Insurance

Recreation & Wellbeing

Allison Dentice – Spanish, Cert. In Global Health

University Health Services

Rachel Alsbury – Human Development & Family Studies; English

University Veteran Services

Levi Redlin – Computer Science; English; Mathematics

Wisconsin Union

Julia Gutman – Social Welfare

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Grace Padgett – Biology; Cert. In Global Health

College of Engineering

Gylf Forsberg – Geological Engineering; Classical Humanities; Geology & Geophysics

College of Letters & Science

Luquant Singh – Applied Math, Engineering & Physics

College of Letters & Science

MaKayla Liebeck – Social Work; Psychology

School of Education

Kelly Giuliano – Rehabilitation Psychology, Cert. In Dance Movement Therapy

School of Human Ecology

Emma Brandenburg – Retailing & Consumer Behavior, Cert. In Digital Studies; Cert. In Business; Cert. In Entrepreneurship

School of Nursing

Amanda Johnson – Nursing

School of Pharmacy

Christopher Gitter – Pharmacology & Toxicology, Cert. In Global Health; Cert. In Environmental Studies

Wisconsin School of Business

Bih Shi (Beatrice) Tan – Actuarial Science; Risk Management & Insurance

Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement

Vanesa Meneses – Psychology; Neurobiology; Cert. In Leadership

Morgridge Center for Public Service

Anusha Naik – Molecular Biology; Anthropology: Cert. In African Studies

University Housing

Ariel Laxo – English Language & Linguistics, Cert. In Teaching English