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 Graduate Student Scholarship Award

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

SGPS Going Beyond Canada: International Scholarship Award

2019 – 2020
Jennifer Ritonja, Department of Public Health Sciences

SGPS Student Contribution Award

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

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 Excellence Award

2019 – 2020
No nominations received

2018 – 2019
No nominations received

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

SGPS John G. Freeman Faculty Excellence Award

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/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

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 four awards: the SGPS Student Contribution Award; the SGPS Staff Excellence Award; the SGPS John G. Freeman Faculty Excellence Award; and the SGPS Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Excellence Award.

The deadline for nominations closed Monday March 23rd, 2020 at 11:59pm. Applications are submitted online at the SGPS website. Below are the eligibility criteria for the awards.

Eligibility for the SGPS Student Contribution Awards

  1. Must be an SGPS member
  2. Must have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or Queen’s Community

Eligibility for the SGPS Staff Excellence Award:

  1. Must be a Queen’s University faculty member
  2. Must have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership outside of the classroom.

Eligibility for the SGPS John G. Freeman Faculty Excellence Award:

  1. Must be a Queen’s University faculty member
  2. Must have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership in the realm of teaching, supervision, and/or mentorship.

Eligibility for the SGPS Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Excellence Award:

  1. Must be a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow AND an SGPS member for some interval of time during the 12 months preceding the nomination period
  2. Must have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or Queen’s Community.

The nomination period for the 2019 - 2020 Awards closed on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

SGPS International Student Affairs Commission Awards

Award 1: International Graduate Student Scholarship Award

The SGPS International Student Affairs Commission is proud to announce the launch of the “International Graduate Student Scholarship Award”. This award is intended to celebrate the incredible scholarship achieved by international graduate students at Queen’s University.

Value of the award: $1200 CAD
Number of awards available: 1
Eligibility: SGPS Member, Graduate or Professional Students currently enrolled at Queen’s University who have paid the SGPS Society Fee
Application Period: 6-20 April 2020
The outcome of the award will be made public before 30 April 2020

How to apply, submit:

  1. A personal statement: This should outline why you are deserving of the award, why you are pursing graduate studies at Queen’s University, and what your current research project/s are.
  2. A Resume: This should include: 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 (One of which could be from your supervisor).

Award 2: Going Beyond Canada: International Scholarship Award

The SGPS International Student Affairs Commission is proud to announce the launch of the “Going Beyond Canada: International Scholarship Award”. This award is intended to celebrate scholarship that goes beyond Canadian borders.

Value of the award: $500 CAD
Number of awards available: 1
Eligibility: SGPS Member, Graduate or Professional Students currently enrolled at Queen’s University who have paid the SGPS Society Fee
Application Period: 6-20 April 2020
The outcome of the award will be made public before 30 April 2020

How to apply, submit:

  1. A personal statement: This should outline why you are deserving of the award, why you are pursing graduate studies at Queen’s University, and what your current research project/s are. Maximum 2 pages.
  2. A Resume: This should include: 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. Maximum 2 pages.
  3. Two Reference Letters (One of which could be from your supervisor). Each reference letter can be a maximum of 2 pages.

All documents should be 12 point Times New Roman with 1.5 spacing. Each document can be a maximum of 2 pages in length. Save the documents using your initials and the type of document. So if your name is Mary James (MJ) you will save your documents as: MJ_Personal Statement; MJ_Resume; MJ_Reference1; MJ_Reference2

Please email any questions to Claudia Hirtenfelder, the International Student Affairs Commissioner for the SGPS (international@sgps.ca).

SGPS International Student Affairs Commission Awards FAQ

Application Process

Q. I would like to apply for both awards, can I?
A. If you are eligible for both awards you are welcome to apply. Please note that you will need to submit two applications and select which award you are applying to.

Q. Are there any limitations as per what the width of margins should be in the submitted documents?
A. We did not explicitly state what the margins should be but expect that the margins would be kept regular (as opposed to overly narrow)

Q. The deadline is the 20th of April, what time is the deadline?
A.
All applications must be submitted before midnight on the 20th of April 2020.


Reference Letters

Q. The instructions state that we should make everything anonymous, should I do this for my reference letters too?
A.
Your referee can write the your reference letter with your name. We will redact your name after your application has been submitted so that the committee is looking at an anonymous application.

Q. Is it preferable or mandatory to have one letter of recommendation from our supervisor?
A.
It is only a suggestion that one of your reference letters is from your supervisor, it is not mandatory

Q. Can I get a reference letter from a non-academic source?
A.
Yes you are welcome to get your reference letters from whomever you like. Just keep in mind that this is an academic award.

Q. Can I ask my referee to email their reference to you
A.
You are tasked with uploading both of your reference letters to the application portal. If you do not submit your reference letters with your application your application will be considered incomplete. If there are extraordinary circumstances for why the refer cannot give the letter to you directly then please contact Claudia for me details on how to proceed.


Resume

Q. It is mentioned that we need add up to 5 academic achievements we are most proud. Should we highlight those achievement explicitly in a specific section? Or they will be just spotted implicitly in the resume?
A.
It would be best if these 5 achievements are explicitly listed

Q. On the resume file, it is written we should mention up to 5 academic achievements we are most proud of. Should these achievements be from our period at Queens or can we include achievements from our previous academic experience?
A.
You are welcome to include any academic achievement, they do not need to be achievements exclusive to Queen’s University.


Other

Q. The time between when this award was announced and when we need to submit our applications is very short. Is there any way you can extend the deadline?
A.
Unfortunately this is not a possibility. We had intended on announcing the awards sooner but when the university was at the beginning stages of dealing with Covid-19 we decided to delay the announcement. However, if we would like to make use of this year’s budget for these awards then they need to be processed before the end of the winter semester. We hope that next year there will be a longer application window.

The application period for the SGPS International Student Affairs Commission Awards closed on Monday, April 20th, 2020 at 11:59 pm.