UTM Annual Research Prizes

Each year UTM will present awards to outstanding early career faculty members, one each from the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Sciences.

The award recipient will receive $2000 towards research activity/professional development.

Award Criteria & Selection

Awards will be made on the basis of outstanding contributions to research and scholarship in the nominee's field for a period up to and including two years post tenure. Discipline-specific selection committees, chaired by the UTM Vice-Principal, Research, or delegate, will evaluate the quality and impact of nominees' research to select award winners.






Julie MacArthur

Sarah Hillewaert

Matthew Adams

Historical Studies




Social Science



J. Barton Scott

Erin Tolley

Marc Laflamme

Historical Studies

Political Science

Chemical and Physical Sciences


Social Science



Andrew Sepielli

Emily Impett

Josh Milstein





Social Science




Principal Nominators

UTM Annual Research Prize nominations should be submitted by Departmental Chairs at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Nominators are encouraged to read the following guidelines carefully prior to submitting a nomination.

Nominee Eligibility

The award is open to tenured or tenure-stream faculty whose major appointment is at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and who hold the rank of Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor for a period up to and including two years post tenure.

Individuals may be nominated for the prize any number of times, provided they still meet the eligibility criteria, but normally may receive the award only once.

Adjudication Criteria

UTM Annual Research Prizes are made on the basis of excellence in the broadest sense. Nominees will be considered for the award by the Adjudication Committee on the basis of outstanding performance in more than one of the following areas:

  • Evidence of important research contributions to their field.
  • An outstanding reputation due to their significant contributions to their field.
  • Mastery of, and enthusiasm for, their area of inquiry.
  • Communication and dissemination of their research results widely through traditional academic mechanisms, and where applicable, through non-traditional means such as mass or social media, curatorial and exhibition activities, Internet venues, or other media.
  • Inspiring and stimulating both undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research excellence and encouraging their intellectual development.

Adjudication Committee Process

Members of the Research Award Adjudication Committee will use their good judgment to weigh different facets of research impact and different sources of evidence, as they see fit. It is anticipated that the broad diversity of researchers and disciplines at the University of Toronto Mississauga will be reflected, in the long term, in the list of Research Award recipients. To this end, the Research Award Committee will reflect the diversity of disciplines at UTM.

Nomination Package Requirements & Format

A complete nomination package will include (1) a detailed covering letter from the principal nominator (3-5 pages maximum), summarizing and explaining the documentation, and drawing attention to the most significant points brought forward in favour of the candidate, (2) miscellaneous requirements outlined below, providing vital summary information to facilitate the adjudication process. The nomination should be clear, comprehensive and well documented. It is not expected that every nomination dossier will include all that is listed below, as departments and disciplines have different expectations of their researchers. Nominators will need to be selective in the type and amount of evidence they collect to support the nomination package.

The dossier will include

  • A cover page that includes the principal nominator’s contact information and the nominee's discipline.
  • The 3-5 page cover letter as noted above. No more than five pages will be considered for this cover letter, so do not exceed this maximum.
  • The nominee’s Curriculum Vitae.
  • Representative support letters as follows: 3 supporting letters from eminent scholars in the nominee's field, and 3 supporting letters from students, explaining why they think the nominee is deserving of the award. No more than six support letters will be considered as part of the dossiers, so please do not exceed this maximum.

All nomination packages submitted to the Research Excellence Award must be submitted electronically as single PDFs. (No hard copies of anything.)

Deadline for Submission of the Nomination Package

The nomination package must be complete and in PDF format. The PDF should be saved in the name of the nominee. That PDF can then be uploaded to the UTSend at the link below, and using that system, sent to Rong Wu (rong.wu@utoronto.ca).


Nomination packages are due Friday, May 29, 2020 by 5PM.

Notes on Privacy & Confidentiality

  • Nomination packages will be disseminated to Adjudication Committee members, and the membership of those Committees will likely not be set until after the nomination deadline.
  • The successful nominee will be provided with a full copy of the complete nomination package (along with a congratulatory letter).
  • Successful nomination dossiers, including references, can be viewed on demand (by appointment) in the OVPR.
  • Please do not include confidential information in the nomination package.


Please contact Rong Wu (rong.wu@utoronto.ca) if you have questions about this year's Annual Research Prizes competition. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ will be updated throughout the competition. Please refer back here regularly to stay up-to-date if you are preparing a nomination.

When will I find out the competition results?

  • The Adjudication Committee usually meets in June or July, so you will hear one way or the other shortly thereafter. Only the principal nominators are notified; Nominees themselves are not directly notified.

If the nomination I submitted is unsuccessful, will I be provided feedback?

  • Principal nominators will be provided with the contact information of the Chair of the Adjudication Committee upon request. Requests for feedback should be made directly to the Chair.

Can I take a look at past winning packages?

  • Yes. In order to help you prepare a nomination package, you can make an appointment with Rong Wu (rong.wu@utoronto.ca) to view past winning packages.