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: September 19, 2018, at 4 p.m.

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 Download the Nomination Package
  • 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
  • GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff
  • 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

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 2018 Graduate Student Recognition Awards Reception will be held on November 8 at the Phoenix. 

2018 Recipients

President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Recipients

  • Zainab (Zena) Samaan, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
  • Mo Elbestawi, W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology
  • Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Aaron C.H. Schat, DeGroote School of Business
  • Aubrey Cannon, Anthropology
  • Mary Silcox, English and Cultural Studies

Nominees

  • Giusueppe Melacini, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Jose Moran Mirabal, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Karen Mossman, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Wael El-Dakhakhni, Civil Engineering
  • Sarah Dickson-Anderson, Civil Engineering
  • Lesley MacNeil, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Jeremiah Hurley, Economics
  • Christina Sinding, Social Work
  • Jemila S. Hamid, Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Dean's Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research

  • Matthew Berry
  • Kaitlin East
  • Shawn Hercules
  • Steven Mancini
  • Jasprit Pannag

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

Recipients

  • Mai Yamamoto
  • Shawn Hercules
  • Vi Dang

Nominees

  • Sultana al Sabahi
  • Tsz Wing Cheung

GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff

Recipient

  • Todd Prior, Kinesiology

Nominees

  • David Hill, Global Health
  • Doreen Drew, Religious Studies
  • Jennie Kirby, Geography and Earth Sciences
  • John Silva, Anthropology 
  • Kristine Espiritu, Health and Aging
  • Lydia Garland, Health Policy
  • Olga Cannon, Sociology
  • Sandra Murphy, Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour

Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

Recipients

  • Emily Belita

Nominees

  • Carmina Angelica Perez Romero
  • Harman Sandhu
  • Jodie Lobana
  • Puja Bagri
  • Zoha Anjum
  • Jade Goodman

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service

Recipients

  • Elene Lam
  • Tanya Miladinovic

Nominees

  • Ahmad Firas Khalid
  • Grace Maria Terry

Therese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics

Recipients

  • Daniella Lato

Nominees

  • Meghan Rothenbroker

GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

Recipients 

  • Khaled Al-Kassimi
  • Stephanie Hatzifilalithis

Nominees

  • Ahmad Firas Khalid
  • Ahmed Belal
  • Ahmed Elsayed
  • Ahmednur Ali
  • Allison Leanage
  • Avijit Mallick
  • Bijendra Khadka
  • Cameron Oud
  • Carin Yegiazarian
  • Haleh Shahzad
  • Jiarun (Jeffery) Wei
  • John Debackere
  • Katherine Kennedy
  • Kyle Ansilio
  • Lindsey Carfrae
  • Maleeha Qazi
  • Marcus Evans
  • Michelle Ogrodnik
  • Robert Ungard
  • Shawn Hercules
  • Sulayman A Lyons
  • Sumit Majumder
  • Thomas Francescutti 
  • Valentina Antonipillai

2017

President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Recipients

  • Bruce Gaulin, Physics and Astronomy
  • Dr. John N. Lavis, Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI)
  • Tony Porter, Political Science
  • Wilfrid Waluchow, Philosophy

Nominees

  • David J. D. Earn, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Paul W. Ayers, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Jonathon R. Stone, Biology

Dean's Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research

  • Tsz Wing Cheung
  • Gautham Krishnaraj
  • Sophie Wilkinson
  • Matthew Berry
  • Nourhan Shalaby

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

  • Wei Zhao

GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff

Recipient

  • Manuela Dozzi, Political Science

Nominees

  • Laurie Kennedy, Aging, Community and Health
  • Tina Macala, Computing and Software

Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

Recipients

  • Maryam Badv
  • Ahmad Firas Khalid

Nominees

  • Natalie D'Silva
  • Michael Liut
  • Alan Santinele Martino
  • Kathleen Steeves
  • Michael Wong

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service

Recipients

  • Alan Santinele Martino
  • Gerald Mak

Nominees

  • Hassan Ali Al Saleh
  • Madison Beatty
  • Michelle Ferderbar
  • Joshua P Nederveen
  • Shaun Shepherd

GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

Recipients 

  • Danial Qureshi
  • Tarushika Vasanthan

Nominees

  • Khaled Al-Kassimi
  • Taylor Brooks
  • Monica De Paoli
  • Sarah Duignan
  • Salma El-Zamel
  • Mahdi Eskandari
  • Sumeet Farwaha
  • Ahmad Firas Khalid
  • Farzad Foroutan
  • Nicole Go
  • Vanessa Ha
  • Hi Huihui
  • Eric Johnston
  • Bijendra Khadka
  • Chi Longxing
  • Michael Liut
  • Sulayman Lyons
  • Craig MacNair
  • Avijit Mallick
  • Victoria Miller
  • Josh Nederveen
  • Ahmed Negm
  • Michelle Ogrodnik
  • Angela Orasch
  • Shaiya Robinson
  • Nourhan Shalaby
  • Lana Shaya
  • Taylor Steele
  • Robert Ungard
  • Alyssa Vito

2016

President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

  • Samir Ziada, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sharon Kaasalainen, School of Nursing
  • Lehana Thabane, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics    
  • Ivona Kucerova, Cognitive Science of Language                   

Dean's Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research

  • Ana Kovacevic, Kinesiology
  • Paul Ricciuti, Mechanical Engineering
  • Rachel Ho, Rehabilitation Science
  • Laura Cirelli, Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour
  • Elizabeth Perez, Medical Science

GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

  • Ahmad Firas Khalid, Health Policy
  • Craig MacNair, Biochemistry
  • Meryl Acker, Biology
  • Omar Bourasalie, Biomedical Engineering
  • Tarushika Vasanthan, Biology
  • Tommaso D'ovidio, Health Research Methodology                                                                                                                                            

GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff

  • Doreen Drew, Religious Studies

Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

  • Talena Rambarran, Chemistry

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service

  • Sara Kilmury, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Richard Alsop, Physics

2015

President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

  • Thomas Adams, Chemical Engineering
  • Mirna Carranza, School of Social Work
  • Rick Hackett, Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
  • Karin Humphreys, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
  • Peter Rosenbaum, Rehabilitation Science
  • Lorraine York, English and Cultural Studies

The Dean's Award for Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation

  • Melissa Tanti 

GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

  • Khaled Al-Kassimi
  • Saranya Amirthamanoharan
  • Hadi Eslami
  • Madeleine Mant
  • Nick Randazzo
  • Natashya Wall

GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff

  • Elaine Whiskin

Therese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics

  • Aaron Bailey

Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

  • Elyse Rosa

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service

  • Pei Yu
  • A-Rum Choi

2014

President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision 

  • Tina Fetner, Sociology 
  • Joey Kish, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Alba Guarne, Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences 

Dean's Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research

  • Cody Dey
  • Matthew Stork
  • Kaelan Moat

Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization & Innovation  

  • Kathleen Einarson, Psychology
  • Tram Nguyen, Rehabilitation Science
  • Irena Radisevic, Cognitive Science of Language

GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

  • D'Andra Parker
  • Mustafa Ahmadzai
  • Vanessa Lovisa

GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff

  • Natalie Illingworth

Therese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics

  • Jillian Wyman

Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

  • Frances Lasowski
  • Lauren Salci 

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service

  • David Nairn
  • Kevin Browne 

2013

President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

  • James Benn, Social Sciences
  • Kari Dalnoki-Veress, Science
  • Donald Goellnicht, Humanities
  • Geoffrey R. Norman, Health Sciences
  • Michael D. Noseworthy, Engineering
  • Mahmut Parlar, Business

Dean's Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research

  • Kathleen Einarson (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour)
  • Mark Embrett (Health Policy)
  • Tram Nguyen (Rehabilitation Science)
  • Lisa Rivard (Rehabilitation Science)
  • Jennifer Tomasone (Kinesiology)
  • Rachel Ward (Physics & Astronomy)

The Dean's Award for Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization & Innovation

  • Lisa Kabesh (English & Cultural Studies)
  • Tram Nguyen (Rehabilitation Science)

GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

  • Diana Glennie (Medical Physics)
  • Jennifer Tomasone (Kinesiology)
  • Douglas Wong (Political Science)

GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff

  • Marianne Chew (Pathology and Molecular Medicine)

Therese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics

  • Matt Stork (Kinesiology)

Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

  • D'Andra Parker (Medical Sciences)
  • Rebecca Seymour (Nursing)

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service

  • Frances Lasowski (Chemical Engineering)
  • Anupa Jyoti Prashad (Health Sciences)

About the memorial awards

Three of the Graduate Student Recognition Awards have been named in honour of individuals who made a difference at McMaster University.

About Keith Leppmann

The Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award was established by the family and friends of Keith Leppmann, following his tragic death in a car accident in 1989.

A graduate student in Engineering Physics, Keith was a teaching assistant for a demanding course in digital logic and computer systems. His honours thesis project was the deisgn of a software package which allowed students in this course to simulate and troubleshoot their use of the NOVA lab computer on their own PC's at home. 

The Keith Leppmann Teaching Awards were established to honour Keith's commitment to the role of teaching assistants in McMaster's learning enviornment. They are awarded to TA's who have been recognized by their students and peers for their similiar commitment to teaching.