Dean's Excellence Awards

Proposal for Dean’s Excellence Awards

Currently UTM has one decanally administered and adjudicated award for undergraduate academic excellence: the Dean’s Essay Prize.  The Dean struck a committee in 2009 to explore possibilities for other awards to recognize the range of academic projects and avenues that our students can pursue as part of their coursework and identified the following 4 awards.  Please note that, in each case, nominations must be reviewed by the chair who will decide which will be submitted to the Dean.  In each category, the department can nominate up to four pieces of work per year.

Awards for Research Excellence & Excellence in Experiential Learning: there will be two awards given in this category on the basis of students who:
  1. Were registered in Research-Intensive courses (i.e. the Research Opportunity Program; Senior Project Classes; Independent Research Courses, Advanced Laboratory Courses, etc.), and

  2. Students who were registered in Experiential Learning opportunities/courses (i.e. Academic Internships, Community Engaged Service Learning, Practica, Work-Integrated Learning, Field Courses, and other unique course experiences).

Nominations will be reviewed on the basis of: independence, rigour, creativity, overall performance of the student, intellectual/professional growth, distinguished contribution to the community or placement site, reflection on activities, research methods/outcomes, etc.
The nomination package will include:

  • A statement from the instructor outlining their rationale for the nomination

  • A statement of excellence of work produced by the student

  • Pertinent information including papers written by the student and/or a chronicle of his/her activities

  • If the student was placed with the community:

    • The package should include a statement from the community partner and/or placement supervisor

    • Reflection piece

    • Any other records that capture the performance of how the student that was exceptional

Nomination packages in this category can include and are not limited to:

  • Papers/Research Journals

  • Research and Practical Papers

  • Additional Reflection Pieces

  • Website creation

  • Photographic journaling

  • Documented visual displays

These award categories have been combined because often students are engaged in an experiential learning opportunity that involves research activities and vice-versa.  The purpose of this combined category is to allow nominators and nominees to be more expressive in their submissions allowing room for overlap.

Writing Excellence Award: to be awarded to a student on the basis of writing excellence in a course. Papers of 2000 words or more on any subject are eligible, including, but not limited to critical essays, research papers, and theses. Creative writing is not eligible but will be considered for a separate award (see below). Students will be nominated by their instructors, who will be expected to complete a form outlining the rationale for the nomination.

Award for Excellence in Creative Activity: to be awarded to a student who has exhibited excellence in creative activities in their programs, including, but not limited to the production of first-rate visual or digital art or media, high achievement in the dramatic arts (i.e. directing, acting), and creative writing. Instructions should submit a nomination form and a sample of the work: for dynamic work, i.e. performances or digital media, a sample of the work of not more than 10 minutes should be submitted.

The deadline for submissions of nominations will be:

January 31, 2017: for summer 2016 and fall 2016 courses

May 19, 2017: for winter 2017 and “Y” courses

Notification of the awards will be sent out at the beginning and towards the end of each term. Awards will have an amount of $500.