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. Please send the completed applications to


Nominations for the May 2019-April 2020 will be due at 4PM November 23rd, 2020.


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

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service


Established in 2001 by the Graduate Students Association through its contribution to Canada’s “Our Millennium” Project.  To be awarded annually to two graduate students who demonstrate commitment to the community-at-large through volunteer activities.$250