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Making a Difference Awards

The Making a Difference Awards are given to members of our NYU community – a student, a faculty member, a young alumnus/a, and an employee – who have made a profound and lasting impact for the better on the city, region, nation, or globe.

The awards highlight ideas, discoveries, or new and effective approaches that solve a critical problem, provide relief to underserved populations, or break down barriers of misunderstanding and intolerance. They can be in any field of endeavor.

President Andrew Hamilton bestowed the first-ever Making a Difference Awards at his Inauguration Ceremony on September 25, 2016.

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2016 Making A Difference Award Recipients

Olugbenga G. Ogedegbe, a physician, Professor in NYU’s School of Medicine, and Vice Dean of NYU’s College of Global Public Health, for his health research and outreach in the U.S. and Africa.

Diane Geng, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at NYU Shanghai, and Wei Ji Ma, Professor of neural science and psychology in NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Science, for their work in establishing the Rural China Education Foundation.

Alumnus Scott Harrison for founding the nonprofit “charity: water,” which has provided over 6 million with clean water.

The Mercy Project, a sentencing relief initiative founded by the NYU School of Law’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law and conducted by NYU Law students.