Jan. 22, 2020

Nominate an inspiring graduate, honour their hard work and sacrifice

Nominations now open for the President’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership

2019 President's Award recipients

2019 recipients, from left: Kristen Barton, Tingting Yan, Anis Ben Arfi, Laura Fader, Rahul Aurora.

Do you know an outstanding student who is graduating this year — someone who has combined academic excellence with a passion to improve the lives of others? Each year, at convocation, up to five exceptional students are honoured with the prestigious President’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership.

Any faculty member, staff member or student can submit a nomination. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the award, as long as they are graduating at convocation (June or November) this year.

To nominate a student, you must obtain their consent and then complete the nomination package. The student must also complete a nominee form online. Both nominators and student nominees can find all the details they need on the President’s Award website.

The deadline for online nominations is March 1, 2020, including the complete nomination package and the nominee form. The winners will receive confirmation of the award in May.

This award is a way to honour some of UCalgary’s many exceptional students and share their inspiring stories. Last year’s winners — Rahul Aurora, Anis Ben Arfi, Kristen Barton, Laura Fader and Tingting Yan — graduated having already made a lasting difference at UCalgary and in local and international communities. You can read about the impact they, and other past award winners, have made by visiting the President’s Award recipients page.

“Every year, as I read through the nominations, it’s encouraging to see how so many of our high-achieving students enthusiastically give of their time and talent to help others,” says Dr. Susan Barker, vice-provost (student experience), who sits on the selection committee along with student, faculty and alumni representatives.

“For many students who are working hard to achieve academic excellence, spending time to improve their community is a significant sacrifice. This award is a great way to recognize that.”