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Opportunities for Student Distinction (OSD) is a collection of opportunities for upper-level NUSL students to set themselves apart from their peers. OSD is broken down into internal and external opportunities.

Internal Opportunities

Students can distinguish themselves right here at NUSL by taking on certain positions on campus. Please see the menu on the right to explore all internal opportunities.

External Opportunities

Students can also participate in a host of distinguishing activities outside of NUSL. Some of these opportunities are school-sponsored and others are not. Please see the menu on the right to learn more about external opportunities.


OSD maintains a database with information on a vast number of external opportunities, including writing competitions and awards and scholarships for work students have already completed.

  • When searching the OSD Database, use the Ctrl or Command button to search multiple categories.
  • The Database provides general information and includes links to opportunity websites for more details.
  • For competitions that are not school-sponsored, teams must petition the OSD program to participate. All writing competitions are considered school-sponsored.
  • While OSD tries to keep the database as up-to-date as possible, there can be some delay in new information becoming available, often until the early Summer or late Fall.