SU Involvement Awards

Recognizing students who make outstanding contributions to the campus community.

Only one application is required for all Student Involvement Awards listed on this page. Please note that ONLY UNDERGRADUATE students are eligible for the Student Involvement Awards.

Applicants are permitted to apply for up to three Student Involvement Awards each year. Applications for the Students' Union Award for Excellence do not count towards this limit. The selection committee reserves the right to consider you for any additional Student Involvement Awards that you may qualify for. Applicants are only eligible to receive each award once in their lifetime.

Alberta Treasury Branches Volunteerism Award

Established by Alberta Treasury Branches to recognize students who maintain good academic standing while making a contribution to the community through volunteerism.

Number of Awards:

  • 1 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque

Conditions:

  • Must be enrolled in a business-related program.
  • Must have contributed volunteer time to the community.
  • Academic standing is also a consideration.

Bill Smith Student Mentorship Award

Established to honour W. D. (Bill) Smith, Students’ Union General Manager from 1991-2008. During his time as General Manager, Bill provided guidance, compassion and a sense of humour that inspired 17 years of student leaders. Bill’s zest for life, be it with an English football discussion, a passionate plea for his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders or his early morning smile provided a great atmosphere in the Students’ Union each and every day.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must be an active member of an on- or off-campus organization that focuses on mentorship.
  • Must be a full-time student.
  • Must be a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan or be willing to switch.

CIBC Community Investment Award

Established by CIBC to recognize students who maintain good academic standing while serving as a leader in the community.

Number of Awards:

  • 1 award each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1500 and an engraved plaque

Conditions:

  • Must have shown leadership in an off-campus program or initiative.
  • Must have contributed volunteer time to the community.
  • Academic standing is also a consideration for this award.

Cristal Mar Memorial Award

Established to remember and celebrate Cristal’s contributions to the University of Alberta until she passed away in 1995. While working towards her acceptance into the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cristal balanced significant contributions to the university community with academic excellence. She was an active member of Safewalk and played a key role in the inaugural 1995 National Campus Safety Conference.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must have contributed to the greater campus community.
  • Must demonstrate compassion towards fellow students.
  • Must be a full-time student.
  • Preference will be given to students involved in a campus safety organization.

Dean Mortensen Award

Established to perpetuate the memory of Dean Mortensen, a first year Science student at the University of Alberta, and resident of St. Joseph's College who tragically disappeared on January 23, 1992 and has not since been found. Dean Mortensen contributed to student life in many ways, namely through his dedication and commitment to St. Joseph's College and the St. Joseph's Rangers.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must show strong participation in the University's campus recreation and intramural programs.
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership skills and a dedication to others.

Dr. Randy Gregg Athletics Award

Dr. Randy Gregg was a student at the University of Alberta from 1972 to 1980, receiving a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Medicine degree. He was a key player on the Golden Bears Hockey team and, as captain in 1979, led the team to National Championship. Randy Gregg represented Canada as a member of the hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, and went on to join the Edmonton Oilers in 1983.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must be actively involved in an athletics program.
  • Must contribute to student life at the University of Alberta.

Edo Japan Global Citizenship Award

As a component of its lease agreement with the Students' Union, each year Edo Japan will provide five thousand dollars ($5000.00) in awards.

Number of Awards:

  • 3 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque

Conditions:

  • Must either be a Canadian student who has participated in an international exchange program, or be an international student currently studying at the University of Alberta.
  • Must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to global citizenship.

Eugene L. Brody Award

Established to perpetuate the memory of Eugene L. Brody, B.A., B.Sc., a student at the University of Alberta for twenty-three years who had cerebral palsy and was able to make outstanding contributions in extra-curricular activities. Eugene Brody's contributions were made with a strong personal philosophy, "To have a full life, one has to struggle every step of the way."

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must have made a valuable contribution to extra-curricular campus activities.
  • Must show a sincere dedication to student life on campus.
  • Preference will be given to students with a disability, or to students that work with those with a disability.
  • Academic standing is also a consideration for this award.

Executive of the Year

Established to recognize Student Group executives who go above and beyond the expectations of their position. They often spearhead events, gather required resources, introduce different recruitment strategies and much more, while maintaining the groups dynamic and ability to progress.

Number of Awards

  • 1 award each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000

Conditions:

  • Must be an executive of a group registered with Student Group Services.
  • Include a reference letter detailing critical involvement in the groups operations.

Gateway Student Journalism Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence

Established by the Gateway Student Journalism Society to recognize the benefits of autonomous media sources to the community, as well as the value of the student voice in an information-driven society. The Gateway has served the University of Alberta as a source of information and learning since 1910, and since achieving autonomy in the 2002/2003 publishing year, has striven to further these goals as an independent voice in the campus media environment.

Number of Awards:

  • 2 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • TBD and an engraved plaque

Conditions:

  • Must show active involvement in the campus community on a level that demonstrates the value of mass communication as a tool of the student voice.
  • Must not be a current or former paid staff member of a campus media organization.
  • Preference will be given to students who have actively contributed to some form of campus media, such as newspaper, radio or television.

Hilda Wilson Memorial Volunteer Recognition Award

Established to recognize qualities of congeniality and humanitarian dedication. At age 57, Hilda Wilson entered the Faculty of Law after two years in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Unsurpassed in her dedication to her fellow students, Hilda's enthusiasm and energetic confidence as a volunteer endeared her to many.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must be a volunteer member of an organization that actively contributes to the community.
  • Must promote community-based issues or initiatives on campus.

Hooper-Munroe Academic Award

Named for Major R.C.W. Hooper, the past Dean of Men, and Miss Isobel Munroe, the past Dean of Women, the Hooper-Munroe Academic Award is intended to reward students who achieve academic excellence.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year with no more than 2 being awarded to individuals of the same gender identity.

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the preceding Fall and Winter Term.
  • Must have the highest academic standing in the preceding Winter Term of all those who apply, based on both grade point average and number of credits completed.
  • Must have not previously received this award.
  • In the event that a distinction cannot be drawn on the basis of academic achievement, involvement in extra-curricular activities will be considered.

Lorne Calhoun Memorial Award

Established to perpetuate the memory of Lorne Calhoun, B.A., a student at the University of Alberta from 1946 until his death in 1951, Lorne Calhoun was active in debating (President of the Debating Society, founder of Debating Union, twice a member of the McGoun Cup Intervarsity team), national and international organizations (member of International Relations Club, Chairman of Alberta Committee of International Student Services, executive member of Political Science Club, Speaker of Parliamentary Forum), and miscellaneous organizations (The Gateway, History Club, Men's Economics Club, Philosophical Society, Arts and Science Club, University religious groups, chess and athletics).

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must have played an instrumental role in the operation of an on-campus club or organization.
  • Must demonstrate cooperation with other campus clubs, organizations or initiatives.

Louise Veillard Social Justice Activism Award

Established by the Students’ Union to recognize student involvement in the pursuit of humanitarianism and involvement in activism.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque

Conditions:

  • Must be involved in campus and/or community-based activism that aims to advance or promote issues of social justice or human rights.

OPA! Souvlaki Student Achievement Award

As a component of its lease agreement with the Students' Union, each year OPA! Souvlaki will provide one thousand dollars ($1000.00) in awards.

Number of Awards:

  • 1 award each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque

Conditions:

  • Must demonstrate personal growth and development in the face of adversity.
  • Must be involved in extra-curricular activities in the campus community or the community at large.

Outstanding Resident Award

Established to recognize contribution to improving residence life at the University of Alberta; whether it is planning movie nights or cleaning up after every one of them. The Outstanding Resident will have shown immense dedication to their residence community.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000

Conditions:

  • Must be living in a University of Alberta residence building, (HUB, ECV, Newton Place, Lister, Residence St. Jean, Michener Park and International House).
  • Preference will be given to those involved in their residence organization and its events.
  • Must submit a reference letter from an officer of Residence Services or a Residence Association.

RBC Involvement Award

Established by the RBC to acknowledge individuals who complement their educational experience with extra-curricular involvement.

Number of Awards:

  • 1 award each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque

Conditions:

  • Must demonstrate a combination of volunteerism and leadership, both on-campus and in the greater Edmonton community.
  • Academic standing is also a consideration for this award.

Students' Union Award for Global Connection

Established to recognize outstanding acceptance and promotion of multiculturalism at the University of Alberta, by sharing their own culture while embracing the diversity that makes up the campus community.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards per year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000

Conditions:

  • Preference will be given to international students on a student visa.
  • Must be part of an organization or initiative that helps fellow international students transition to a new country and culture.

Students' Union Award for Invaluable Contribution

Established to recognize outstanding contribution to an initiative or organization in a behind-the-scenes role.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000

Conditions:

  • Must include a reference letter from someone involved in the event or organization outlining the level of contribution to the initiative.
  • Preference will be given to group members that do not hold executive positions.

Students' Union Award for Outstanding Innovation

In today's "there's-an-app-for-that" generation, true innovation is hard to come by. When everything's been done, where do you go? Whether you have invented, created, defined, theorized or refurbished an idea that has never been thought of before , this award is for you. This is not a grant to fund research but rather an award to recognize a finished product, idea or innovation.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000

Conditions:

  • Must submit a 500-word detailed report of the innovation, its method of implementation, and its contribution to society.
  • Must include a reference letter from someone in the field to talk about the potential impact the innovation could have.

Students' Union Award for Perseverance

Not every student fits the traditional student ideal. Many are mature students, parents, or attend part-time. This award recognizes exceptional commitment to community and/or campus involvement, while balancing multiple responsibilities and roles.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000

Conditions:

  • Preference will be given to non-traditional students (single parents, part-time students, mature students etc).
  • Preference will be given to extraordinary campus and/or community involvement.
  • Must have satisfactory academic standing.

Students' Union Contribution to Fine and Performing Arts Award

Established to recognize those who have helped promote Fine Arts to members of the community by teaching, fundraising, volunteering or lobbying.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000

Conditions:

  • Preference will be given to applicants in mentorship or promotion roles.
  • Must include a reference letter from involved organization or party.

Subway Community Service Award

As a component of its lease agreement with the Students' Union, each year Subway Sandwiches will provide one thousand dollars ($1000.00) in awards.

Number of Awards:

  • 1 award each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque

Conditions:

  • Must be an active member of an organization that combines campus involvement and community service.
  • Must be a full-time student.
  • Academic standing is also a consideration for this award.

Taco Time Outstanding Initiative Award

As a component of its lease agreement with the Students' Union, each year Taco Time will provide three thousand dollars ($3000.00) in awards.

Number of Awards:

  • 3 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque

Conditions:

Must have organized or spearheaded an event or initiative that contributed to the campus community or the community at large.

Tevie Miller Involvement Award

Established to recognize the outstanding commitment and dedication of the Honorable Associate Chief Justice Tevie H. Miller. Justice Miller was a Students' Union President. Subsequent to convocation, Justice Miller continued his involvement as President of the Alumni Association, and in 1980 was elected as a member of the University Senate. In 1986, Tevie Miller was elected Chancellor of the University of Alberta.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must be an active contributor to a Students' Union program, service or other activity.
  • Must not receive a salary or honorarium from the Students' Union for their contributions.
  • Academic standing is also a consideration for this award.

Tom Lancaster Memorial Award

Established to perpetuate the memory of Tom Lancaster, General Manager for the Students' Union from 1989-1991. Tom Lancaster brought stability and warmth to the Students' Union through his concern and care for students.

Number of Awards:

  • 4 awards each year

Value of Each Award:

  • $1000 and an engraved plaque
  • Recipient's name engraved on the trophy

Conditions:

  • Must have made an outstanding contribution to student life on campus through dedication and a strong commitment to others.
  • Must show active involvement and leadership in the Students' Union through volunteer work.
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Address

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University of Alberta
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Edmonton, AB
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