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.
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.
A complete nomination package includes a nomination form, curriculum vitae, a statement by the nominee and one letter of reference.
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.
- Download the Nomination Package Instructions (PDF)
- Download the Nomination Form (MS Word)
- Download the Nominee Statement (MS Word)
- Download the Referee Form (MS Word)
Deadline for return of Nomination Forms is Friday, March 10, 2023.
The President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership Winners by Year
Sage Hartman, Social Sciences – Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (Honours), interdisciplinary minor in Community Engagement and Indigenous Studies
Morghen Jael, Arts and Science program
Yotakahron Jonathan, Undergraduate Medical (MD) program
Josh Lawrence, Automation Engineering Technology program
Jessica Monaghan, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour program
Victoria Tucci, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program
Kwasi Adu-Poku, Faculty of Science
Cassidy Bereskin, Faculty of Social Sciences
Josiah Butt, Faculty of Health Sciences
Jet’aime Fray, Faculty of Social Sciences
Pardis Ghaneian, Faculty of Science
Elisa Levi, Faculty of Health Sciences
Nina Moss, Faculty of Science
Owen Dan Luo
Sara Medhat Halawa
Samuel Bong Si Cheng
Vasiliki (Vass) Bednar
Roy W. Cramp