FGS Awards

Each year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies celebrate the accomplishments of graduate students, faculty and staff and the generosity of donors who invest in excellence at Brock.

Awards for Graduate Students

Celebrating excellence: Each year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies celebrates the accomplishments of graduate students and the generosity of donors who invest in excellence at Brock.

Awards for Faculty, Staff & Alumni

FGS Michael Plyley Graduate Mentorship Awards

Annual nomination deadline: MARCH 10

Established in 2011, the awards honour and recognize the essential role of faculty supervisors in the mentorship of graduate students. In 2017, the FGS renamed the awards in honour of past Dean, Dr. Michael Plyley, to recognize his leadership and contributions to graduate education at Brock. Awards are presented in two categories:

  1. Mentorship of master’s students only
  2. Mentorship of both master’s and PhD students

Nominations are to come from graduate students. It is an opportunity for graduate students to pay tribute to an individual graduate faculty member who has provided them with outstanding support and encouragement in their development as a graduate researcher.

An official announcement and presentation of the awards will be made at the annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.

Value: $1000 to assist faculty with ongoing graduate student mentorship.

Award nominees must be members of the Core Faculty. Previous winners of the award are not eligible for re-nomination for a period of seven years following the year in which he or she received the award.

The awards will be adjudicated by the Senate Graduate Studies Sub-Committee on Awards; two graduate students, selected by the Graduate Students’ Association and drawn from two different faculties, will join the committee for the adjudication of this particular award.

The nomination package is not to exceed 20 pages;

Any packages that exceed the page limit will have the additional pages removed prior to adjudication.

The document specifications for the package are as follows:

  • Single-sided, on 8 ½” x 11” (21.5 cm x 28 cm);
  • Single-spaced, with no more than six lines of type per inch;
  • Body text in a minimum 11 pt Times New Roman font;
  • All margins set at a minimum of ¾” (1.87 cm).

The following guidelines will assist in preparing and submitting your nomination.

  1. Nomination Formclick here for form
    Please print and complete nomination form – it requires signatures from the nominee and nominator. Then scan the form and include it as page one of the nomination package.
  1. Graduate Student Nominator’s Personal Letter of Support
    In this letter (maximum 700 words), the nominator is to highlight the nominee’s strengths as a graduate mentor with examples of the kind of personal support and encouragement that he or she has received from the nominee.
  1. Additional Testimonials from current or former Brock graduate students
    The nominator may collect as many as four additional support statements from current or former Brock graduate students to include in the package. The support statements should be no more than one-page in length and should highlight how the graduate mentor has made a difference in the graduate students’ experience and/or in their professional/career pursuits. Please be sure that writers of the testimonials include their contact information.
  1. Graduate Mentorship profile
    The profile is intended as an overview of the mentor’s career in order to provide the adjudication committee with key facts about all nominees. Nominators should be able to collect information for the profile from the supervisor’s CV.

To assist in organizing the profile section, the following information is recommended:

  • Formal education
  • Academic appointments
  • List of graduate course(s) taught, including dates
  • List of current Brock University Graduate Students, including dates
  • List of former graduate students at Brock or other institutions, including dates
  • Scholarly work co-authored with graduate students (refereed papers, refereed papers given at conferences, refereed papers presented at conferences, refereed abstracts, works in progress)
  • Administrative and other contributions to graduate students and graduate studies

Once all package documents have been prepared, please submit one PDF document including all materials, via email to
Lauryn Carrick
Communications, Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator
Faculty of Graduate Studies

lcarrick@brocku.ca

Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award

Annual nomination deadline: MARCH 10

To recognize faculty, staff and students for their work and leadership in developing and/or enhancing graduate studies and the graduate student experience for students at Brock University.

The Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award recognizes individuals for their vision and leadership on behalf of graduate studies at Brock in areas such as academic programming, research and scholarship, student services, and student experience initiatives – the kind of work through which a strong and vital graduate culture has emerged in support of graduate students and in support of the University’s academic and research goals.

An official announcement and presentation of the award will be made at the annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.

Value: $500 and a certificate of recognition

Any faculty, staff and graduate student (full time and part time) involved in any of Brock’s graduate student academic and non-academic programming may be nominated for this award.

The Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, will assemble a committee to review nominations and select the award recipient. An official announcement and presentation of the award will be made at the annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.

Be sure to include the following as part of the nomination package:

  1. Nominee/Nominator Agreement Release – click here for form
  2. Nominator’s support letter (maximum 1,000 words)
  3. Two additional letters of support (maximum 700 words each) from members of the Brock community (faculty, staff and students) who can speak to the nominee’s leadership and contribution to graduate education/culture.

Once all package documents have been prepared, please submit one PDF document including all materials, via email to
Lauryn Carrick,
Communications, Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator
Faculty of Graduate Studies

lcarrick@brocku.ca

Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award

The Excellence in Research Award is awarded to graduate students who have displayed excellence in research. Each graduate program can nominate one master’s and one doctoral graduate student from each of the Brock’s faculties; Applied Health Sciences, Business (excludes MAcc, MBA ISP, MBA, MBA ISP) , Education (excludes MEd course-based, MEd ISP) Humanities, Mathematics and Science and Social Sciences (excludes MADS) based on nominations from each faculty.

Value: $1000

Any graduate student (full-time and part-time) involved in research from one of Brock’s  faculties (Applied Health Sciences, Business (excludes MAcc, MBA ISP, MBA, MBA ISP) , Education (excludes MEd course-based, MEd ISP) Humanities, Mathematics and Science and Social Sciences (excludes MADS).

If you feel you are a strong candidate for this award, you should be in contact with your supervisor to discuss the nomination process. No application is required by the student.