Distinctions

The Rhodes Scholarship

Eleven Rhodes Scholarships are awarded to Canadians each fall (two in Ontario).  They entitle the winners to study at Oxford University in England for two and possibly three years commencing in October.

Arts & Science students Matthew Jordan (2017) and Karen Bakker (1995) have been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship.

Honour M Award

The Honour M, the highest award that the McMaster Students Union (MSU) bestows, has been presented annually since 1932 in recognition of outstanding leadership, volunteer service, contribution and/or special achievement in extra-curricular activities. Recipients of the award are admitted to the McMaster Honour Society.

A full list of Arts & Science Honour M Award recipients can be found here.

Chancellor’s Gold Medal

The Chancellor’s Gold Medal, established in 1938, is awarded annually to the McMaster student who has completed the penultimate year of any four or five year undergraduate program and ranks highest in scholarship, leadership and influence.

A full list of Arts & Science Chancellor’s Gold Medal recipients can be found here.

Honours

Dr. Henry Giroux, who teaches ARTSSCI 4CB3 / Inquiry into Education, has been honoured with several distinctions for his contributions to higher education.  In 2017, the University of the West of Scotland awarded Dr. Giroux with an Honorary Doctorate.  In 2015, he received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, the Changing the World Award and the Paulo Freire Democratic Project Social Justice Award. The Changing the World Award recognizes “individuals who contribute in remarkable ways to the improvement of our world through education,” and the Paulo Freire Democratic Project Social Justice Award is “devoted to the development of progressive/critical and ethical/democratic practices within both formal and informal education settings.”

The President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership

The President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership was established in 1993 to recognize students who have demonstrated a commitment to the University’s belief in excellence in its student body.

This award acknowledges the contributions made by students who play a significant role in improving and developing the intellectual, social, cultural and/or athletic fabric of the McMaster community.

A full list of Arts & Science President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership recipients can be found here.

The President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning

The President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning demonstrates the value McMaster attaches to its educational function and recognizes those who, through innovation and commitment, have significantly enhanced the quality of their students’ learning experience.

This award recognizes the contributions of an individual to education through innovation, continued excellence in teaching, and enhanced student learning.

A full list of Arts & Science President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning recipients can be found here.

The President’s Award for Outstanding Service

The President’s Award for Outstanding Service provides an annual recognition for employees or groups of employees who have made an outstanding contribution to the mission of McMaster University beyond that normally expected for their position.

Arts & Science Program Administrators, Shelley Anderson and Rebecca Bishop, were honoured with a nomination for this award for their service in 2013.

A full list of Arts & Science President’s Award for Outstanding Service recipients can be found here.

3M National Student Fellowship Award

The 3M National Student Fellowship Awards honour undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and embrace a vision of quality education that enhance their academic experience and beyond.

Arts & Science students Brianna Smrke (2014) and Rosa Lee (2014) were both named 3M National Student Fellows in 2013.

Two Undergrads Named 3M National Student Fellows
McMaster Daily News | 26 March 2013

“Two McMaster Arts & Science students – each driven by a deep desire to build a better learning environment for all – have received the 2013 3M National Student Fellowship Awards.” Read more…

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