Outstanding Students of the Year

These students embody the ideals of academic excellence, service to others, and leadership that make Cal Poly Humboldt such an incredible place to be at. The winners of each category can be seen on their category page. 

And the 2 Overall Outstanding Students of the Year for 2023-2024 are...

Karina Juarez  portrait

Karina Juarez
Fine Arts & Art Education

Karina Juarez passionately preserves and celebrates her heritage through visual art. As a ceramist, Juarez embraces the land through her Zapotec ancestry, tenderly connecting historical customs and symbols into clay through a contemporary lens rooted in colonial resistance. As both an artist and student, she is dedicated to sharing knowledge and expanding space for underrepresented...

Aerin Monroe portrait

Aerin Monroe
Environmental Studies

For the last two years of his academic career in Humboldt County, as a student member of the INRSEP (Indian Natural Resources, Science and Engineering Program + Diversity in STEM (INRSEP+) at Cal Poly) and an indigenous person of the Americas and beyond, Aerin embodies the INRSEP+ house mission– to braid ancestors' wisdom with modern Western science techniques and cutting-edge...

2023-2024 Outstanding Student Award Winners

The Two Overall Outstanding Students of the Year

These Outstanding Student Awards recognize the excellence and achievements of our students. The awards include:

For Academic Awards:

  • Excellence in Academic Discipline for CNRS/CPS/CAHSS

  • Excellence in Visual & Performing Arts

  • Patricia O. McConkey Outstanding Graduate Student Award

  • Outstanding Student Research

For Co-Curricular Awards

  • Outstanding Contribution to a Campus Club, Program, or Organization

  • Outstanding Contribution to an Associated Students Program

  • Al Elpusan Award for Student Activism

  • Award for Excellence in Community Service

  • Award for Excellence in Intercollegiate Athletics or Sports Clubs

  • Award for Excellence in Sustainability

  • Award for Excellence in Student Employment

The nomination process is closed for Academic year 2023-2024 and will reopen for academic year 2024-2025 in December 2024. 

For information on 24/25 nomination timeline, go to osa.humboldt.edu/nomination-process for the timeline and nomination link


All winners will receive a beautiful and sustainable burl wood award from Redwood Laser. In addition, the two overall outstanding student award winners will receive their award and a monetary award from the Webb Leadership Endowment. 

If you have any questions, email osl@humboldt.edu