Awards

Every year, the Department of Geography has striven to promote and recognize excellence among our undergraduate and graduate students for academic achievements in the fields of Geography, Environment, Geographical Information Systems and leadership.  

Please check here for our award winners.

Award Description

Credit Valley Conservation is one of our long-time partners in the Geography Department and Environment Programs at UTM. The mission of the CVC Foundation is to raise funds and awareness in support of the conservation projects that protect the health and well-being of the Credit watershed and its inhabitants for today and tomorrow. This award goes to the student who completes ENV100Y5 with highest standing and whose permanent residence is in the Credit watershed.

Professor Donald Putnam was a founding member of the Department of Geography at Erindale. Professor Putnam originally trained as an agriculture and soils scientist. He joined the faculty of the University of Toronto in 1938. Focusing on physical geography, he later authored the first published study of the glacial landforms of Southern Ontario. The award is given in memory and honour of Professor Donald Putnam, in recognition of outstanding achievement by a student in Physical Geography.

This award is given annually to a student who is a major or specialist in an Environment program, who has demonstrated academic achievement in environment-related courses as well as exceptional leadership and commitment on behalf of the environment on the University of Toronto campus or within the community.

This award was established in memory of Professor Ferko Csillag, our former departmental Chair. Ferko was a valued mentor and friend to many of us and an internationally recognized expert in geomatics and GIS. The award goes each year to an exceptional student pursuing undergraduate studies with a major in GIS or a major or specialist Geography, with demonstrated excellence in geostatistics and remote sensing. Students awarded this scholarship are encouraged to share their knowledge and demonstrate leadership through participation in a student conference or presentation.

This award was established in honour and memory of our long-time department member, Professor Gunter Gad. Professor Gad taught in the Department of Geography, at what was then Erindale College as well as on the St. George campus, from 1972 until 2009. He passed away in 2017 and is greatly missed. Professor Gad was committed to experiential learning and field work in Geography. The award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student engaged in urban fieldwork and research.

Professor Howard Andrews first came to the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto in 1969. He worked mainly in the area of Urban Geography, focusing on urban structure, environmental design and cooperative housing, contemporary social theory, participation of women in the workplace, and many other themes, including his work in the community on children’s health. This award in memory of Professor Andrews honours a student who has demonstrated excellence in social and political Geography, with emphasis on social welfare and healthy cities.

This award honours Dr. Ignat Kaneff, a generous philanthropist, long-time friend of UTM, and major contributor to the success of our campus. The award is given to two students each year – one 2nd year student and one 3rd year student – in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in a Geography or Environment program.

This is our own departmental award, which is presented each year to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence as a Major in Geographic Information Systems.

The Canadian Association of Geographers Award honours the graduating student with highest overall Cumulative Grade-Point Average who is a Major or Specialist in a Geography, Environment, or GIS program.

This is our own departmental award, which goes each year to a graduating student that we have identified as having demonstrated excellence as a Major or Specialist in Environmental Management.

This is our own departmental award, which is presented each year to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence as a Major or Specialist in Environmental Science.

The first paper award is given to a graduate student who is the first or sole-author on a peer reviewed article that is based on research conducted at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. Please check here for the recipient list.

This is our own departmental award, which is presented each year to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence as a Major in Geographic Information Systems.

This award is given annually to a graduate student who demonstrated a high level of service towards the department and is a leader within the graduate student community.

This is our own departmental award, which is presented each year to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence as a Major or Specialist in Human Geography.

This is our own departmental award, which is presented each year to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence as a Major or Specialist in Physical Geography.