President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership
Terms Of Reference


The President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership was established in 1993 to recognize students who have made outstanding contributions to the McMaster University community  through excellence in student leadership. The number of awards to be presented each year will be determined by the Selection Committee after considering all nominations in light of the criteria listed below.


Eligible students are in the graduating year of their undergraduate program at McMaster University.

Selection Criteria

The President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership acknowledges the contributions made by students who play a significant role in improving and developing the intellectual, social, and/or cultural fabric of the McMaster community. Recipients will have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and will have made achievements that benefitted other students and the University community as a whole. Contributions to local, provincial and national communities will also be considered. Selection decisions will be made based on the quality and depth of impacts made by the student rather than the achievement of particular positions or statuses.

Nomination Package

A complete nomination package includes a nomination form, curriculum vitae, a statement by the nominee and one letter of reference.

Selection Process

Five members of the McMaster community comprise the Selection Committee. Members are:

  • The Associate Vice-President (Students & Learning) and Dean of Students (Chair)
  • A distinguished alumna/alumnus appointed annually by the Alumni Association
  • A staff member in a leadership position appointed annually by the Chair
  • An undergraduate student appointed annually by the Chair
  • A faculty member, recommended annually by the President

Members of the Selection Committee review and rank nomination packages independently. The Committee then decides by consensus on a list of nominees to recommend to the President. This list of recommendations, along with all nomination materials for all nominees are sent to the President no later than May 1 of the year in which the awards are to be presented. The President reviews and confirms recommendations before notifying recipients and making appropriate arrangements to present the awards at Convocation, at which time they receive a medal.

Nominate Someone

Deadline for return of Nomination Forms is March 15th, 2019.

The President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership Winners


Sebat Mohamed

Ushma Purohit

Blake Oliver

Sutina Chou

Vanessa Raponi


Adam Chiavarelle

Akeel Ali

Elaine Stirling

Ryan Rogers

Saly Halawa

Sonia Jakji


Audrey Tan

Jacob Brodka

Julia Woo

Nishan Zewge-Abubaker


Janelle Hinds

Sara Medhat Halawa

Benjamin Kinsella

Ambika Tejpal

Tristan Paul

Christa Jonathan


Arnav Agarwal

Benjamin Dplock

Carrie McMullin

Claire Stewart

Mikaila Nederveen


Anna D’Angela

Cristina Leonardelli

Jeffrey Wyngaarden

Lauren Salcile

Laurence Rivard

Lisa Bifano

Matt Dillon-Leitch


Tyler Wright

Andrew Kasza

Joseph Finkle

Tanya Kuzman

Huzaifa Saeed

Natasha Turner

Samuel Bong Si Cheng


Erica Barnes

Mary Koziol

Brennan Reurink

Joshua Smalley

Vishal Tiwari


Ian Finlay

Kasia Kucemba

Suparna Sharma


Daniel Borrelli

Chad Fullerton

Marek Gruca

Chryslyn Pais

Tiffany Parsons

Debjani Poddar


Hasnat Ahsan

Vasiliki (Vass) Bednar

Jonathan Borrelli

Nicole Findlay

Eric Siu

Stephanie Tom


Randy Ai

Diana Choi

Steven Hoffman

Melissa Kimber

Ava Baker

Tanya Rumble

Tania Ahluwalia


Heidi Carrubba

Faizal Haji

Christine Kerr


Jaimini Chauhan

Elaine Cheng

Dionne Matthew

Avita Sooknanan

Mark Yep


Gregory Athaide

Dan Freeman

Candy Hui

Sean Park

Sarah Roger


Andrea Dumbrell

Jennifer King

Sam Minniti

Daniel Olsen

Nicole Richmond


Mary-Melinda Gillies

Arif Manji

Leila Salehi


Karinne Chan

Alex Mazer

David Sandomierski

Wai-Yin Shum

Meaghan Stovel


Sachin Aggarwal

Arun Gupta

Eric Tam


Jason Lee

Lisa Sillib

Carolyn You


Roy W. Cramp

Jennifer McMillen

Marie-Helene Ruel


Leslie Buckley

Jeff Colgan

Janet Loebach


Diane Bird


Allison Tumon


Hugh Pasika