Award Descriptions

Certificate of Merit/Certificate of Distinction
Awarded to any students deserving of recognition for work done in the area of student affairs during the preceding year.

Freshman of the Year
Awarded to that student at Saint Mary’s in their first year deemed the outstanding Santamarian among freshman.

Sophomore of the Year
Awarded to that student deemed the most outstanding Santamarian among students of sophomore standing.

Junior of the Year
Awarded to that student deemed the most outstanding Santamarian among students of junior standing.

Senior of the Year
Awarded to that student deemed the most outstanding Santamarian among students of senior standing.

Graduate of the Year
Awarded to that student deemed the most outstanding Santamarian among students of graduate status.

Literary “M”
Awarded to those students/faculty for literary contribution to the University.

Honourary Gold “M”
The highest award granted to non-students for their contribution to student affairs at the University

Silver “M”
The second highest award granted by the Students’ Association to those graduating or graduate students who have excelled in extra-curricular activities in the area of student affairs during their time at Saint Mary’s.

Gold “M”
The highest award granted by the Students’ Association to those graduating or graduate students who have given outstanding contributions and have excelled in extra-curricular activities in the area of student affairs during their time at Saint Mary’s.

Society of the Year
An award granted to the student society at Saint Mary’s University who is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to student activities during the preceding year

Most Improved Society of the Year
Awarded to the student society at Saint Mary’s University who is deemed to have made an outstanding improvement over the past academic year.

Rev. J. J. Hennessey S. J. Medallion
Awarded to that student who is deemed to be the greatest contributor to extra-curricular activities and has exhibited the spirit of being an outstanding Santamarian over the preceding year.

Student Leader
Awarded to the student at Saint Mary’s who has shown the greatest leadership abilities during the preceding year.

James Ryan Memorial Award
Given to that member of the University Community who has given outstanding service to SMUSA.

Harold G. Beazley Award
Presented to the individual or group external to the University who has given the greatest assistance to SMUSA.

Kendon Matheson Memorial Award
This award is given to the student whose quiet contributions have gone unnoticed while at Saint Mary’s.

Thomas Whitty Memorial Award
This award is given to the SMUSA Student Staff Member who best exemplifies the qualities of kindness, unselfishness, and dedication to their work, which made Thomas Whitty such a valued part of St. Mary’s University.

Rhian Mood Memorial Award
This award is given to the student who is deemed the most outstanding Santamarian among students who have contributed to Intramurals at Saint Mary’s University.

Driftwood Award
This award began in 1982 and was intended to be somewhat of a gag award to be given to that student who just wouldn’t leave SMU. Since that time, and over the years, this award has gained some prestige. This award is now granted to that individual who has been involved in many extracurricular activities at Saint Mary’s but still just won’t leave.

Mac Attack Award
This award is granted to the student who has contributed significantly to the student body through their volunteerism and philanthropic endeavours, either on campus or in the community.  This award was granted in honour of a member of the 2005 graduating class, Craig MacDonald, who was an active volunteer and fundraiser while at Saint Mary’s University.

Miguel Emilien Memorial Award
This award is given to a student-athlete who has made major contributions to student and society affairs.

Loretta Saunders Memorial Award
This award is presented to a female-identifying student at Saint Mary’s who has demonstrated academic and/or extracurricular leadership during the preceding year.

Lawrence (Larry) Hood Lifetime Service Award
This award is presented to a member of the university community who has made major contributions to the students of Saint Mary’s, as either an employee or volunteer, over the course of their lifetime.

Lee Fletcher Award
Presented to an individual in recognition of their dedication, commitment and passion to helping others and gives of their time and energy. The recipient of this award is an extraordinary student, faculty or administrator in the Saint Mary’s University community who supports others with their positive attitude and selfless qualities – an individual whose presence brings aid, support and encouragement to others.

Teaching Excellence Awards

The SMUSA Teaching Excellence Awards are presented to those professors, teaching assistants, and/or other University members who have gone above and beyond their call of duty. Nominees have demonstrated concern and commitment for the quality of student life either within or outside of the classroom setting and have positively affected the learning environment for students.  These awards are presented to show gratitude from the students for all the hard work that the nominees have done and to show appreciation for their efforts towards improving the quality of life and educational experiences at Saint Mary’s University.

Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award

Presented to a full-time or part-time faculty member within the Arts Faculty who has been deemed by the members of the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association to embody qualities and characteristics of an excellent educator.

 

Faculty of Commerce Teaching Excellence Award

Presented to a full-time or part-time faculty member within the Commerce Faculty who has been deemed by the members of the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association to embody qualities and characteristics of an excellent educator.

 

Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence Award

Presented to a full-time or part-time faculty member within the Science Faculty who has been deemed by the members of the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association to embody qualities and characteristics of an excellent educator.

 

Teaching Assistant of the Year Award

Presented to a student whose work has supported the academic environment and who has demonstrated a dedication and commitment to enhancing the teaching/learning experience for students as a classroom TA, lab assistant, writing center tutor, student peer, etc.

 

The SMUSA Award for Overall Excellence in the Field of Education

Presented to a member of the Saint Mary’s Community who has undertaken initiatives and/or implemented practices with the sole intent of improving the quality of life and education for students both in and out of the classroom. This person displays selflessness and sincerity in dealing with students and has positively influenced one or many students’ academic careers.

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Charter Day Awards (Nomination Form)

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Teaching Excellence (Nomination Form)

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