GSA Awards

The McMaster Graduate Students Association (GSA) looks to recognize exceptional students and staff through annually distributed awards.

The call for nominations begins in June. Applications for the GSA awards are available below while applications for School of Graduate Studies awards are available on its site.

The awards are presented by the GSA and the School of Graduate Studies at the annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards Ceremony. This year’s celebration will be online.

Below is a list of awards administered by the GSA.  Full descriptions will be available with the applications during the period for nominations.

Nominations will be due on Friday Oct. 14th, 2022 at 4:00PM . Please submit to relative Microsoft Forms link in time.

Award Description Value
GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff


This award honours the extraordinary contributions that members of McMaster University’s support staff extend to its graduate students.  The award winner receives a letter of appreciation and $200 cash prize. $200
Therese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics


This award recognizes excellence in leadership in athletics.  Individuals nominated for the Therese Quigley Award exhibit leadership in sporting activities, either competitive or recreational, by encouraging participation, team building, and commitment to sportsmanship. Trophy Plaque & $200
Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster


This award is named in memory of Dr. Mary Keyes, Associate Vice President (Student Affairs).  The award acknowledges graduate students who give their time, spirit and energy to McMaster student societies, university committees and/or governing bodies. Students who exhibit excellence in leadership, generosity of spirit, and initiative for the betterment of the graduate student experience and McMaster community have been nominated for this award. Trophy or Plaque & $200
GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award


This award honours the contributions that teaching assistants make to undergraduate education at McMaster University.  Established by the GSA and the Leppmann family, each year, the Academic Affairs Committee accepts nominations from undergraduate students and evaluates nominees on the following criteria: (1) commitment to teaching; (2) reliability; (3) enthusiasm for the subject matter; (4) personality; (5) adaptability; and (6) communication skills. $375

Emergency financial support

What is a financial emergency?

  • No money for expenses such as food, rent, utilities, required technology for virtual and online courses and uninsured medical/dental bills
  • Pending eviction from your place of residence
  • Negative circumstances outside of your control

Pre-selection requirements:

  • You must be an enrolled student
  • You have investigated all other resources including OSAP, bursaries and awards
  • You have an immediate and unexpected expenses leading to financial hardship
  • You have eliminated unnecessary expenses from your spending plan
  • You are a student with domestic or international status currently living in Canada

What are my next steps to getting assistance?

  • Complete your AwardSpring Common Application if you have not already done so.  Click on the “AwardSpring” tile on your Mosaic home page to start.  Look for available Aid & Award opportunities on your AwardSpring dashboard.
  • Install Microsoft Teams on your computer or mobile device.
  • Contact Student Services via online chat or in-person in GH 108.
  • A video-chat will be scheduled for you to talk to a Student Services Professional regarding emergency financial support.
  • Connect with family and friends for support.
  • Take advantage of other McMaster and community resources.