Tom Klubi Academic Peer Mentor Award

ISUP & RGASC Tom Klubi Academic Peer Mentor Award

The ISUP & RGASC Tom Klubi Academic Peer Mentor Award recognizes up to five (5) students who have modeled outstanding academic skills and contributed to building academic communities through their volunteer or work experience within the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy and/or the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre. This award will be presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership as an academic peer mentor by encouraging, motivating, and supporting fellow UTM students in their academic growth.


To be eligible for this award, candidates must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have been registered part-time or full-time as a student at UTM within the past 24 months;
  • Have completed at least 5.0 credits at UTM;
  • Have been in good academic standing when most recently registered as a student at UTM;
  • Have demonstrated, within the past 24 months, a connection to the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy and/or the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre that has led to involvement in, and commitment to, academic peer mentorship that impacts the UTM community.

While involvement in all activities/programs associated with Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy or the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills and the UTM campus more broadly will be considered, experience in a formal academic peer mentorship program connected to ISUP/RGASC (e.g., FSG, PASS, GEL, PMLCs, utmONE Scholars Community) is an asset.

Selection Criteria

Nominees for this award will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Proficiency in academic skills
  • Growth in academic skills
  • Mentorship of other students in academic skills development
  • Enhancement of the academic life of the campus
  • Development of and leadership in learning communities

Nomination Process

A nomination package must be submitted to Mitchell Pedicelli ( before March 17th of the current academic year to qualify for this award. Please note that a nominator must submit the nomination package, not the eligible nominee. Nominators should use the subject line “Tom Klubi Award Nomination” in the email.

The nominator must compile the following documents for the nomination package:

  • A detailed nomination, maximum 2 pages in length (1000 words), from an instructor or staff member specifying how the nominee meets the criteria for the award.
  • A letter of endorsement (maximum 1 page in length) from the nominee’s direct supervisor if the nominator is not the nominee’s direct supervisor. Normally, the supervisor will be in a program where the nominee is working as an academic peer mentor.
  • A letter of support, no longer than 2 pages (1000 words). Normally, letters of support will be from faculty or staff.
  • A copy of the nominee’s CV. The ISUP Awards Committee will determine the recipient, based on the criteria outlined, and present the winners at our April 11th Year-End Celebration.