GSA Recognition Awards

Each year the GSA confers awards on graduate students who have distinguished themselves in research, teaching, academic achievement, leadership, and service to the University and to the wider community. The GSA also recognizes University faculty and staff members for their outstanding contribution to graduate education, and acknowledges those alumni and benefactors who continue to support and champion graduate students at the University. GSA Awards winners are celebrated at an annual GSA Awards Night celebration in March.

Nomination period is now closed. The nomination period and deadlines for 2018 will be announced in the Fall 2017. Watch the GSA Newsletter and this website for more information.

Many of these awards are funded through the Graduate Student Support Fund (GSSF) provided by the University and which the GSA has negotiated for on your behalf.

Recipients of the 2017 GSA Recognition Awards will be celebrated at the 2017 Awards Night on March 24, 2017.

Recipients of the 2016 GSA Recognition Awards were celebrated at the 2016 Awards Night on April 1, 2016.

Recipients of the 2015 GSA Awards were celebrated at the 2015 GSA Awards Night on March 27, 2015.

Recipients of the 2014 GSA Awards were celebrated at the 2014 GSA Awards Night on March 21, 2014.

More information on GSA Awards can be found in: A Guide to Applying for GSA Awards - Q&A, and additional information for all of the awards listed below can be found in GSA Bylaw and Policy "Awards and Adjudication Criteria".

GSA Awards - follow the link for each award to find out more information and details on how to nominate yourself or someone else.

Academic Staff Award

  • The purpose of this award is to recognize a member of the Association of Academic Staff: University of Alberta (AAS:UA) whose work with and for graduate students has been of exceptionally high quality.

Life-Long Membership Award

  • The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution of time and effort to either society or the well-being and success of graduate students at the University of Alberta.

Non-Academic Staff Award

  • The purpose of this award is to recognize a member of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) of the University of Alberta for their exceptional performance and/or service to graduate students.

Graduate Student Supervisor Awards

  • The purpose of these awards is to recognize those faculty members who excel in the supervision of graduate students.

Graduate Student Service Awards

  • The purpose of these awards is to recognize the endeavours of graduate students (either working individually or with a University student group) in service to other members of the University and/or wider community.

Graduate Student Principal Instructor Teaching Awards

  • The purpose of these awards is to recognize graduate student instructors who are especially skillful and dedicated teachers.

Martha Piper Awards

  • The Martha Piper Awards were established in 1997 to commemorate the significant contribution Dr. Martha Piper made to the research community at the University of Alberta.

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex (TDIMM) Award for Outstanding GSA Student Service

  • The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding student service.

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Awards

  • The purpose of these awards is to recognize graduate student Teaching Assistants (TAs) who are especially skillful and dedicated teachers at the University of Alberta.

Graduate Student Research Assistant Awards

  • The purpose of these awards is to recognize graduate students who have demonstrated innovation, versatility, and value as Research Assistants (RAs) at the University of Alberta.

Graduate Student Rising Star Awards

  • The purpose of these awards is to recognize graduate students who show exceptional promise at the outset of their program.

International Graduate Student Award

  • The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students who have come from another country to the University of Alberta, and who exemplify excellence in contribution to the University of Alberta and the community in teaching, research, and service.

Academically-Related Graduate Student Group Award

  • The purpose of this award is to recognize the important role of Graduate Student Groups in graduate student life.