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Vice President Smith & Senior Advisor Tadikonda Recognized as Chancellor’s Award and Student Undergraduate Teaching Award Recipients

April 27, 2021

The Richards Administration is proud to announce that two of our own are recipients of prestigious Chancellor’s Awards and Student Undergraduate Teaching Awards – Vice President Collyn Smith and Senior Advisor to the Student Body President Ananya Tadikonda!

A university’s excellence is defined in large part by the quality and achievements of its student body. At UNC-Chapel Hill, we are proud to have some of the very brightest students from North Carolina and beyond. Each year, Carolina recognizes the very best of the best as recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Academics and Student Activities and Leadership.

Every spring, Carolina comes together to honor outstanding students and members of our community for achievements in academic endeavors — in the humanities, the sciences and social sciences — as well as leadership through involvement in student life, governance, and many other areas. While departments and organizations may hold their own ceremonies to recognize talented students, the Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony, held in the Great Hall in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, is the only campus-wide student recognition program at Carolina.

Collyn Smith, Recipient of the Ernest L. Mackie Award

Collyn Smith serves as the Undergraduate Vice President on the Executive Board of the Richards Administration and is the recipient of the Ernest L. Mackie Award.

This award was established in 1978 by the Order of the Old Well in memory of one of its charter members, Ernest L. Mackie, professor of Mathematics. Dr. Mackie also served as dean of students, dean of student awards and distinctions, and secretary-treasurer of Phi Beta Kappa. The award is presented to the man of the junior class who has been judged most outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership.

Congratulations, Collyn!


By student body referendum in 1989 and initiation of a special student fee, the Student Undergraduate Teaching Awards were established to recognize outstanding undergraduate instruction by both faculty and teaching assistants. In 2004, an addendum to the referendum established a staff award to recognize a staff member’s specific contributions to the undergraduate experience at Carolina. A committee comprised of students reviewed the teaching nominations on the basis of demonstrated and consistent teaching excellence, success in positively affecting a broad spectrum of students both in and outside the classroom, and creation of a dynamic learning environment. The staff award nominations were reviewed on the basis of demonstrated excellence in service, dedication to undergraduate students, and in positively affecting a broad spectrum of Carolina undergraduate students. Winners receive a certificate and a monetary award.

Ananya Tadikonda, Recipient of Student Undergraduate Teaching Award

Ananya Tadikonda serves as Senior Advisor to the Student Body President on the Executive Board of the Richards Administration and is the recipient of a Student Undergraduate Teaching Award for her service as a Teaching Assistant of Biology.

“She made it a point to ask how the students were doing and if they needed any assistance during these challenging times. COVID brought a lot of uncertainties, and an introductory science course at UNC seemed daring enough to make students anxious at times. Ananya was always an email away, you could always depend on her helpful advice and recommendations.”

“She always pushed her students to think beyond the books and to apply their knowledge to the real world.”

Congratulations, Ananya!


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