Joyce Gu is the 2021 recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement award.
Her nominators said:
Joyce is an outstanding pre-med student, pursuing a dual degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology
with a GPA of 3.95. In addition to her studies, she has repeatedly been selected as the voice of students
among her peers at Illinois Tech. Joyce served on the President’s Student Advisory Council as well as the
Student Health Initiative during the COVID-19 crisis. Her valuable input aided in thoughtful
communication between senior leadership and the student body.
It is evident that during her time at Illinois Tech, Joyce has committed to serving all of humanity, not just
the student community. In the spring semester of 2021, Joyce was the recipient of the Richard A. Babcock Leadership Award.
This award recognizes an outstanding third year undergraduate student who has evidenced significant
leadership skills in their personal and academic life.
Joyce seeks out opportunities to fill the gaps that she notices in her communities - often leveraging
meaningful relationships and shared values as further support in her work. From her action-based
approach of solving problems for her peers at Illinois Tech, to her research focusing on Muscular
Dystrophy, Joyce's compassion, humility, and belief in creating a better world are unmatched.