The Institute for Holistic Health Studies

Student Awards


IHHS offers two undergraduate annual awards, one for academic achievement and the other for university/community service. If you are interested in being considered for either award please send information, based on the criteria for the award, in a 1-2 page letter to the director of IHHS, Dr. Adam Burke at: aburke@sfsu.edu. For best consideration send the letter about 8 weeks before the end of spring semester. We encourage our students to consider applying as this is a recognition of your good works, and a nice addition to your resume as you prepare to enter the job market or graduate school.

1. The George S. Araki Academic Achievement Award
George S. Araki George S. Araki, PhD, 1932-2006, founded IHHS in 1976. George received his doctorate in biological sciences from Stanford University doing work in ecological physiology. He was a visionary leader, who touched many people with his integrative thinking and his caring ways. Every year, since his retirement in 1999, IHHS faculty have selected a graduating senior who reflects the vision of our program.

The criteria for consideration of this award:
1. Graduating the year of the award.
2. Academic achievement with minimum GPA of 3.5 overall and in HHS courses.
3. Involvement with IHHS program including: minor in HHS, participation in the Learning Center, research assistant or teaching assistant collaboration with HHS faculty member.
4. Demonstrated application of a holistic perspective in scholarship, career or career vision, or community service.
5. Future education/career intentions.
6. Faculty recommendations.

2. IHHS University & Community Service Award
Each year we honor one student with a University & Community Service Award. This award is given to a graduating undergraduate student who has exemplified holistic health competencies and vision in the university and community service they have performed, and the work they intend to do in the future.

The criteria for consideration of this award:
1. Graduating the year of the award.
2. Academic achievement with minimum GPA of 3.00 overall and in HHS courses.
3. Involvement with IHHS program, such as minor in HHS, participation in the Learning Center, research assistant, or teaching assistant with HHS faculty member.
4. Demonstrated application of a holistic perspective in university and community leadership and service.
5. Future education/career intentions.
6. Faculty recommendations.


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