sunapsis Awards

sunapsis Community Awards celebrate achievements in advancing sunapsis

Those honored through these awards serve as examples of successful leaders, innovators, and Community members.

2018 sunapsis Geek of the Year

In Honor of Your Outstanding Technical Contribution

Chris Collins, Purdue University

The sunapsis Geek of the year is someone who has gone above and beyond to engage with the sunapsis Community in their work to advance international education by influencing the sunapsis system through the use of technology, aka they geeked out and we all benefited. This year’s winner helped create the fsaAtlas conversion toolkit by spending countless hours navigating the FSA database, sharing key information, and testing the conversion tool before going live with sunapsis. She has a commitment to clean data unlike anyone else we’ve seen and because of her work, we’ve now converted over 50 other institutions from fsaAtlas to sunapsis.

2018 sunapsis Freak of the Year

In Honor of Your Moving the Community Forward

Emily Cheng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The sunapsis Freak of the year is someone who has gone above and beyond to engage with the sunapsis Community in their work to advance international education by influencing the sunapsis system through business process analysis and implementation; aka they got sh*t done. This year’s award winner has spent many hours training individuals on the use of the system to make efficient business processes for students and scholars. Over the years, she’s submitted feature requests to further the end-user experience and most recently worked with the sunapsis team to create the system’s data transfer API so that information could be sent back to other student information systems. She’s prepared and presented conference sessions, shared insights on the sunapsis listserv, and finally, hosted the 2017 sunapsis Users Conference by welcoming the Community on her campus, volunteering her time to ensure the space was available and ready for our use.

2018 sunapsis Star Intern

In Honor of Your Innovative Impact

Shantanu Kotambkar, Indiana University

The sunapsis Star Intern Award recognizes the impact that a student intern has in just a short amount of time. This year, our intern played an integral part in helping us design and develop the layout and approach for how eforms work in the mobile apps. The new stepper approach will be more user friendly for the mobile platform.

Thank You

Our sunapsis Community is full of hard-working, innovative, fun people with whom we get the privilege to work. Thank you for all you do for International Education, and, specifically, sunapsis.

Future Awards

The nomination period for awards will be over the summer, just in time for our Awards Ceremony at the annual conference. If you have an idea for additional awards, please feel free to send them to gthiebe@iu.edu and we'll .


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