Some students stand out, even among our incredibly talented crew. Nikki Roda knocked our socks off. Not only was she a tremendous scholar, she was also a catalyzing force for her class, coordinating projects like A2DataDive, a weekend of charitable information work, which went on to become one of the core offerings of UMSI’s Initiative for Information Impact.
When it came time for her to graduate, we wanted to acknowledge her contribution to the school, and also to hold her standard up for other students, to show them what they could strive to achieve while they were here. So we created the Nikki Candelore Roda award, given each year to a master’s student who exemplifies her pursuit of scholarly greatness for the public good. That award is made possible by donations to the school’s annual fund, which also helps to support new initiatives within UMSI.
Every year, our UMSI alumni and friends make a difference to the school through annual gifts. These gifts help prepare our students for personal and professional success. And regardless of size, these often unrestricted gifts provide UMSI leadership with the flexibility to meet the challenges of running the school in today’s fast-changing world.