Freshman of the Year

Each year we recognize one student from our incoming first-year engineering class as Freshman of the Year. Students may either self-nominate or are nominated by First-Year Engineering Program faculty, staff, or teaching assistants. The award recipient is selected based upon his/her academic excellence, leadership, and involvement as a first-year engineering student. The First-Year Engineering Program faculty and staff evaluate the nominees to select the finalists. A committee of faculty and staff representing the College of Engineering interview the finalists to select the Freshman of the Year.
The winner receives an award as well as a book scholarship at the Annual College of Engineering Student Awards Reception.

How to Apply for Freshman of the Year

Applications requires two letters of recommendation, one from your peer mentor, and a second from a University of Arkansas faculty or staff member outside of the First-Year Engineering Program.
Recommendation letters must be submitted online (see link below).
In order to qualify for this distinction all applicants must:
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing with the University of Arkansas in order to receive an interview.
  • Be a freshman (first time, full-time student).
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or greater

Apply for Freshman of the Year

Freshman of the Year Recommendation Letters

Freshman of the Year Applications due by Thursday, March 31st, 2022

 Freshman of the Year 2020-2021

Anshuman Nandy



After an extensive review of the award applications and personal interviews, Anshuman Nandy was selected not only for showing a driving persistence in his education and professional life thus far but also for showing a desire to give back to his fellow students in the area of mentorship, leadership development, and social awareness. He is a driven and positive student, and the committee feels he would be an outstanding representative of the Freshman of the Year Program.

His research advisor says, “He is certainly in the top 1% among the best undergraduate students I have worked with. I would also rank him in top 5% in comparing the graduate students I have worked with at University of Arkansas.”

His peer mentor says “his hard work has turned him into a successful and self-motivated college student.”

Anshuman plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science.