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Graduate Studies

Graduate Student Recognition Awards

The annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of McMaster’s graduate student community – graduate researchers, teaching assistants, administrative staff, and graduate supervisors – to the broader University community.

Deadline for nominations: TBA

The Awards highlight leadership, excellence in teaching, service to the campus community and beyond, outstanding supervision, and non-academic support for students.

Administered by the School of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Students Association (GSA), the Awards include:

  • President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision Download the Nomination Package. Recipients from the past four years are not eligible to receive the Graduate Supervision award. Please review past winners below.
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contributions to the International Graduate Student Community
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research. Top five Three Minute Thesis finalists receive these awards.
  • GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award (Awarded by the GSA)
  • GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff (Awarded by the GSA)
  • Therese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics (Awarded by the GSA)
  • Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster (Awarded by the GSA)
  • GSA Millennium Award for Community Service (Awarded by the GSA)

For more information about the GSA awards and to download those nomination packages, visit the GSA website.

Members of the graduate community, as well as undergraduate students, have an opportunity to nominate those individuals who have made a difference at McMaster.

The 2020 Graduate Student Recognition Award winners will be announced Fall 2020.

Current Award Recipients

President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Recipients

  • Maureen Dobbins, Health Sciences
  • Carolyn Eyles, Science
  • L. Arthur Sweetman, Social Sciences

Nominees

  • M. Constantine Samaan, Health Sciences
  • Julie Richardson, Health Sciences
  • Juliet Daniel, Science
  • Kari Dalnoki-Veress, Science

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research

  • Matthew Campea
  • Erica Dao
  • Shawn Hercules
  • Indranil Sarkar
  • Julian Yabut

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contributions to the International Graduate Student Community

Recipients

  • Sebastian Himbert
  • Jean-Christophe Ono-dit-Biot

GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

Recipients

  • Ahmednur Ali
  • Khaled Al-Kassimi

Nominees

  • Bahar Amani
  • Ahmed Belal
  • Alanna Bodo
  • Eric Desjardins
  • Ahmed Elsayed
  • Nicole Greisman
  • Hanna Haponenko
  • Shawn Hercules
  • Laura Jin
  • Bijendra Khadka
  • Sachin Kotecha
  • Gautham Krishnaraj
  • Bichoy Labib
  • Samuel Kwangho Lee
  • Vanessa Liegghio
  • Sulayman Lyons
  • Sumit Majumder
  • Avijit Mallick
  • Joshua Racette
  • Emily Scherzinger
  • Kanwaldeep Singh
  • Celeste Suart
  • Anthony Tan
  • Dana Thacher
  • Robert Ungard
  • Devan Wagner
  • Yan Qiao Wang
  • Jo Werba
  • Christina Wiendels
  • Noah Xiao

GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff

Recipient

  • Terry Martens

Nominees

  • Jackie Hudson
  • Marg Leyland
  • Barb Reuter
  • Nora Roberge
  • John Silva

Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

Recipients

  • Shawn Hercules
  • Jodie Lobana

Nominees

  • Valentina Antonipillai
  • Amanda Giancola
  • Lucas Greville
  • Maxwell Lightstone
  • Michael Liut
  • Pritpal (Pip) Matharu
  • Rodrigo Narro Perez
  • Shane Simon
  • Robert Ungard
  • Aisha Wilks

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service

Recipients

  • Hunster Yang

Therese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics

Recipients

  • Daniella Lato

Nominees

  • Eric Desjardins
  • Lucas Greville
  • Kenneth Noguchi