William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion

IUPUI recognizes graduating students who have shown exemplary commitment to their communities.

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The William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion was established in 2006 to honor graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as service learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement. 

Faculty and Staff: Nominate a student for the 2018 William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion.
Nominations close Monday, February 12th, 2018.

Students:  Apply here.
Applications close Thursday, February 15th, 2018.

Application Requirements and Materials

Applicants for the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion are undergraduate, masters or doctorate students who will receive their respective degrees by August 2018. Students completing their degree requirements in December of 2017 are also eligible to apply.

Civic-Community engagement experience definitions.


In alignment with IUPUI’s mission, the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion has been established to recognize students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their communities during their years as an IUPUI student. The medallion is named in honor of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties from 1988 to 2006, Dr. William Plater, a strong advocate of civic engagement during his career.

Students who are awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion will have exhibited personal development, intellectual growth, and positive community impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences. Recipients are expected to have engaged in a variety of activities demonstrating depth and diversity of commitment in serving their communities, while making a significant investment to at least one community experience over time.

What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement is defined as active collaboration that builds on the resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge of the campus and community to improve the quality of life in communities in a manner consistent with the campus mission. Examples of civic engagement experiences could include volunteer service at a non-profit agency, participation in a service learning course, contribution of voluntary work on a political campaign, advocacy on specific social issues, involvement with a faculty member on a community-based research project, or employment in a community work-study position.

Award recipients

Congratulations to the 2017 Plater Medallion recipients!

See a list of2016 Plater recipients and brief bios of 2015 recipients.