Each year the President presents a number of awards to recognize the contributions of individuals and teams within the McMaster community who have demonstrated excellence and outstanding commitment, and who have made significant contributions to their particular field.

The President’s Awards are organized into the following categories:

President’s Award of Excellence (Student Leadership)

The President’s Award of Excellence was established in 1993 to recognize students who have demonstrated a commitment to the University’s belief in excellence in its student body and nominations are open to all full-time undergraduate students who are in their graduating year. The Award recognizes those students who have demonstrated outstanding student leadership qualities and whose achievements have benefitted other students and contributed to the betterment of the University community.  For more information, please click here.

The 2018 recipients of the Awards were:

  • Blake Oliver
  • Sebat Mohamed
  • Sutina Chou
  • Ushma Purohit
  • Vanessa Raponi

President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching & Learning

The President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning is granted to those educators who, through innovation and commitment, have significantly enhanced the quality of their students’ learning experience. All full-time and part-time faculty and staff (including those on contract) who contribute to teaching and learning at McMaster are eligible to be nominated. The Award recognizes outstanding contributions to education through innovation, continued excellence in teaching, and enhanced student learning over a period of years. For more information, please click here.

The 2018 recipients of the Awards were:

  • Lotfi Belkhir
  • Ayesha Khan
  • Eu-Gene Ng

President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision 

The President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision is granted to those educators who have demonstrated excellent supervisory and mentoring skills for Graduate Students. For more information, please click here.

The 2017 recipients of the Awards were:

  • Bruce Gaulin
  • John N. Lavis
  • Tony Porter
  • Wilfrid Waluchow

President’s Awards for Outstanding Service (Staff)

The President’s Awards for Outstanding Service recognize individual employees or groups of employees who have made an outstanding contribution, beyond that normally expected for their particular position, to the mission of the University through the provision of exceptional service, the identification of measures which contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of University operations, or a direct or indirect contribution to the community or the University which has a positive impact on the reputation of McMaster. For more information, please click here.

The 2017 recipients of the Awards were:

Individual Award Recipients:

  • Andrew Colgoni

  • Tammy Feher

  • Lynn Giordano

  • Dave Heidebrecht

  • Marzena Kielar

  • James Knibb-Lamouche

  • Sunita Nadella

  • Sumathy Rangarajan

Team Award Recipients:

  • McMaster Experts Core Implementation Team

  • 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) Organizing Committee

President’s Award for Community-Engaged Scholarship

The President’s Awards for Community-Engaged Scholarship, awarded for the first time in 2018, recognizes teams of campus and community representatives who have demonstrated a commitment to initiating and supporting excellence in community-campus research initiatives. The Award honours those projects that value the expert knowledge and passion that members of the community have about their communities and issues affecting them, foster ongoing collaboration between University and community partners on how to better understand and consider the issues identified as priorities by local communities, and involve research, teaching and service with community members and partners for the public good within the local community.

The award is available for teams with a minimum of one (1) faculty member and one (1) community representative engaged in an initiative that has been established and in existence for a minimum of one (1) year.

The 2018 recipients of the Awards were:

  • Grand River Mohawk at McMaster Team

    Ima Johnson, Mohawk teacher and Faith Keeper

    Laurie Powless, Geeg Hill, Scott Longboat, and Amber Squire, Six Nations Polytechnic

    Kate Brown, Jill Rogers, John Hill, Clare Richardson, Mary-Ellen Simon, & Josh Dockstator, Indigenous Studies Program

    Rick Monture, English & Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies Program

  • We Are Not the Others Team

    Nora Melara Lopez, Emergency Support Committee for Refugees

    Ines Rios, Immigrants Working Centre

    Maria Antelo, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

    Mirna Carranza, School of Social Work