Rutgers Society For Human Resource Management Receives Third Award For Outstanding Student Chapter

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June 26, 2013


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers Society for Human Resource Management (RU SHRM) received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s annual student conference in Chicago on June 15. This is the second consecutive year in which RU SHRM has received the award, accepting a total of three Outstanding Awards in the past four years.

On June 15, members of Rutgers Society for Human Resource Management (RU SHRM) accepted the Outstanding Student Chapter Award from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) for the second consecutive year, receiving a total of three Outstanding Student Chapter Awards in the past four years. From left, Suruchi Gupta; Erika Ortiz; Jennifer Chiu; Professor David Ferio; Morenike Sylla; Meg Alexander; and Bao Nguyen.

Rutgers Professor David Ferio, who is RU SHRM’s director and a Westfield, N.J. resident, as well as several RU SHRM executive leadership team members accepted a plaque in honor of their achievement. Recipients included: Suruchi Gupta from New Brunswick, N.J.; Erika Ortiz from Morristown; Jennifer Chiu from Denville, N.J.; Professor David Ferio from Westfield, N.J.; Morenike Sylla from North Brunswick, N.J.; Meg Alexander from Hackettstown, N.J.; and Bao Nguyen from Marlboro, N.J.

“I am ecstatic in earning the coveted Outstanding Award for this past year. The RU SHRM community took the Chapter to new heights relative to membership expansion, HR professional development, and community/state outreach. The RU SHRM community should be proud in that we have won this award for the second consecutive year, three times in the past four years, and in doing so, have been recognized as one of the top 10 global chapters from a total of about 475 student chapters," says Professor David Ferio.

The Outstanding Student Chapter Award is the highest award given to SHRM’s student-led groups. The award recognizes student chapters whose programs, activities, and levels of participation during the academic year distinguish them from other chapters. Of the more than 475 SHRM student chapters, only 10 were selected to receive this year’s honorable award, including RU SHRM. 

“Being part of a leading and award-winning organization that continues to grow each year has been exciting! We worked hard this year to grow and bring RU SHRM to the next level. I’m proud to be part of an outstanding organization and look forward to coming back to see how RU SHRM has evolved,” says Jennifer Chiu, RU SHRM's president, who graduated from Rutgers’ graduate program in human resource management in May 2013.

Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, RU SHRM spearheaded numerous student activities including résumé and dining etiquette workshops, HR career panels, multicultural events, and an annual business conference, which draws more than 250 HR professionals, students, professors, and alumni.This year, RU SHRM successfully established an undergraduate chapter to meet the growing demand and interests of undergraduate HR students. With the addition of the undergraduate chapter, membership increased from 200 to more than 350 students. In addition, RU SHRM held its first Rutgers HR Case Competition for both graduate and undergraduate HR students to fuel a deeper understanding of human resource practices.

“RUSHRM has grown in size and would not be able to continue to be successful without the support of our school’s faculty and administration," says Meg Alexander, RU SRHM’s co-president, who also graduated from Rutgers’ human resource management program in May 2013. “Being able to provide a wider variety of opportunities through RU SHRM helps all of our members by enhancing the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in our careers.”


RU SHRM was created 10 years ago as the graduate student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is affiliated with the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR). By joining RU SHRM, students within SMLR’s human resource management’s programs are able to network, develop as an HR Professional, and gain HR employment. For more information, visit


Rutgers' School of Management and Labor Relations is the leading source of expertise on the world of work, building effective and sustainable organizations, and the changing employment relationship. The school is comprised of two departments—one focused on all aspects of strategic human resource management and the other dedicated to the social science specialties related to labor studies and employment relations. In addition, SMLR provides many continuing education and certificate programs taught by world-class researchers and expert practitioners. For more information on the school, visit

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