SGPS Awards

The SGPS gives awards annually in order to recognize the exceptional work of its membership and the Queen’s University community. Check out the tabs below for all the information you need.

Past Winners

SGPS International Student Leader Award

2020 – 2021
Maram Assi, School of Computing

SGPS International Student Scholarship Award

2020 – 2021
Amir Rasooli, Faculty of Education

2019 – 2020
El Zahraa Majed, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

SGPS John G. Freeman Faculty Excellence Award

2020 – 2021
Yolande Bouka, Department of Political Studies

2019 – 2020
Dr. Shobhana Xavier, School of Religion

2018 – 2019 (tie)
Debra Haak, Faculty of Law
Ian Janssen, School of Kinesiology & Health Studies and the Department of Public Health Sciences

2017 – 2018
Kyra Pyke, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

SGPS Staff Excellence Award

2020 – 2021
Christopher Bergen, Program Manager, Faculty of Arts and Science
Miguel Hahn – Head Career Counsellor, Career Services
Lindsay Heggie, Academic Skills Specialist, Student Academic Success Services
Colette Steer, Recruitment Activities Coordinator, School of Graduate Studies

2019 – 2020
No nominations received

2018 – 2019
No nominations received

2017 – 2018
Cheryl Wright, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

SGPS Student Contribution Award

2020 – 2021
Vincent So, School of Medicine

2019 – 2020
Claudia Hirtenfelder, Department of Geography and Planning

2018 – 2019
Courtney Bannerman, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

2017 – 2018
Emma Esselink, School of Policy Studies

2016 – 2017
Piriya Yoganathan, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

2015 – 2016
Raynold Wonder-Alorse, Department of Political Studies

2014 – 2015 (three way tie)
Rebecca Pero, Department of Geography and Planning
Erica Baker, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Tabitha Renaud, Department of History

2013 – 2014 (tie)
Sharday Mosurinjohn, Cultural Studies Program
Alison Fraser, School of Policy Studies

2012 – 2013 (tie)
Terry Bridges, Faculty of Education
Max Ma, Faculty of Law

SGPS Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Excellence Award

2020 – 2021
Katrina Marie Carbone, Faculty of Education

2019 – 2020
Taylor J Smith, School of Computing

2018 – 2019
Pelin Tan, Department of Psychology

2017 – 2018
Breah Talan, Department of Geography and Planning

2016 – 2017
Jeffrey Rice, Department of Political Studies

2015 – 2016
Maseeh Haseeb, Faculty of Law

2014 – 2015
Amirreza Rouhi, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

2013 – 2014
Jeremy Durelle, Department of Chemistry

2012 – 2013
Gwendolyn Eadie, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

SGPS Staff/Faculty Excellence Award (pre-2018)

2016 – 2017 (tie)
Dr. John Smol, Department of Biology
Wendy Cumpson, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

2015 – 2016
Dr. Sarita Srivastava, Department of Sociology / Department of Gender Studies

2014 – 2015 (tie)
Dr. Laura Cameron, Department of Geography and Planning
Michelle Ellis, Department of Sociology

2013 – 2014 (tie)
Dr. Allison Sherman, Department of Art History
Yvonne Place, Department of History

2012 – 2013 (tie)
Dr. Lucie Levesque, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Danielle Gugler, Cultural Studies Program

SGPS International Scholarship Award (pre 2021)

2019 – 2020
Jennifer Ritonja, Department of Public Health Sciences

The SGPS has opened a call for nominations to recognize the exceptional work of its membership and the Queen’s University community.

This year the SGPS will be giving out six awards: the SGPS Student Contribution Award; the SGPS Staff Excellence Award; the SGPS John G. Freeman Faculty Excellence Award; the SGPS Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Excellence Award; the SGPS International Graduate Student Scholarship Award; and the SGPS International Student Leader Award.

The deadline for nominations closed Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:59pm. Applications are submitted online at the SGPS website. Below are the eligibility criteria for the awards.

SGPS International Student Leader Award

This award is intended to recognize international graduate students at Queen’s who have taken a significant leadership role and have made exceptional voluntary contributions to improve the Queen’s community and/or the region where they are currently located through any role/capacity that demonstrate leadership. Some criteria for eligibility include (but are not limited to):

  • Participation in clubs and/or committees
  • Involvement in student led organizations
  • Engagement in student governance
  • Mentorship of fellow students
  • Advocacy or activist work on behalf of students
  • Work as a community leader in your region through organizations, grassroots efforts, etc.

Value of the award: $250 CAD
Eligibility: International graduate or professional students who are currently SGPS Members.

How to apply, submit:

  1. A personal statement outlining examples of your leadership experience/activities and your contribution to the Queen’s community.
  2. A Resume that includes information about your leadership roles/duties at Queen’s. Please remove any reference to your name in your resume to ensure that it is anonymous for our adjudication process.
  3. Two reference letters from people who are qualified to attest to your leadership abilities, including but not limited to committee chairs, department heads, heads of student councils, or community leaders.
SGPS International Student Scholarship Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize international graduate students who have come from another country to the Queen’s University, and who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement with exemplary research contribution & service to the university.

Value of the award: $250 CAD
Eligibility: International graduate or professional students who are currently SGPS Members.

How to apply, submit:

  1. A personal statement outlining why you are deserving of the award, why you are pursuing graduate studies at Queen’s University, and information about your current research project(s).
  2. A resume that includes your post-secondary education, employment history, list of publications, duties at Queen’s University, and up to 5 academic achievements you are most proud of. Please remove any reference to your name in your resume to ensure that it is anonymous for our adjudication process.
  3. Two reference letters from people who can attest to your level of academic achievement.
SGPS John G. Freeman Faculty Excellence Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a faculty member at Queen’s University who has made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership in the realm of teaching, supervision, and/or mentorship.

There is no monetary prize for this award.
Eligibility: Faculty members at Queen’s University including but not limited to professors or adjuncts.

To nominate a staff member, submit:

  1. A statement that outlines the contributions that the nominated individual has made to the SGPS membership and/or the Queen’s community.
  2. At least one letter of support from someone who can attest to the nominated individual’s work, including but not limited to faculty members, department heads, staff members, or other students.
SGPS Staff Excellence Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a staff member at Queen’s University who has made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership outside the classroom.

There is no monetary prize for this award.
Eligibility: Staff members at Queen’s University including but not limited to program administrators or assistants.

To nominate a staff member, submit:

  1. A statement that outlines the contributions that the nominated individual has made to the SGPS membership and/or the Queen’s community.
  2. At least one letter of support from someone who can attest to the nominated individual’s work, including but not limited to faculty members, department heads, or other students.
SGPS Student Contribution Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate or professional students at Queen’s who have taken a significant leadership role and have made significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or the Queen’s community. Some criteria for eligibility include (but are not limited to):

  • Participation in clubs and/or committees
  • Involvement in student led organizations
  • Engagement in student governance
  • Mentorship of fellow students
  • Advocacy or activist work on behalf of students
  • Work as a community leader in your region through organizations, grassroots efforts, etc.

Value of the award: $250 CAD
Eligibility: Graduate or professional students who are currently SGPS Members and who have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or the Queen’s community.

To apply, submit:

  1. A personal statement outlining examples of your leadership experience/activities and your contribution to Queen’s or your community.
  2. A Resume that includes information about your leadership roles/duties. Please remove any reference to your name in your resume to ensure that it is anonymous for our adjudication process.
  3. Two reference letters from people who are qualified to attest to your leadership abilities, including but not limited to committee chairs, department heads, heads of student councils, or community leaders.

 

SGPS Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Excellence Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an SGPS member who served as a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow and has made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or the Queen’s community.

Value of the award: $250 CAD
Eligibility: Teaching Assistants or Teaching Fellows who are currently SGPS Members and who have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or the Queen’s community.

To apply, submit:

  1. A personal statement outlining examples of your leadership experience/activities and your contribution to Queen’s or your community.
  2. A Resume that includes information about your TA/TF duties. Please remove any reference to your name in your resume to ensure that it is anonymous for our adjudication process.
  3. Two reference letters from people who are qualified to attest to your teaching abilities, including but not limited to faculty members, department heads, staff members, or students.

The nomination period for the 2020 - 2021 Awards closed
Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm.