Call for Nominations - University Awards 2019

The Senate Honours and Awards Committee invites nominations for the following University awards and honours, to be awarded at Convocation ceremonies in 2019. 

Second only to honorary degrees, the awards listed below are of the highest order the University may bestow, presented publicly to recognize recipients at convocation ceremonies throughout the year.

University Professor Emeritus

The honour of University Professor Emeritus/Emerita may be given to a retired faculty member from the University of Guelph. The prime criterion for nomination will be sustained, outstanding scholarship of such a level that it is recognized internationally.  Recent recipients have included Alastair Summerlee, Janet Wood and Jacek Lipkowski.

Honorary Fellow

Honorary Fellowships of the University are special awards which may be granted by Senate to persons who have made a significant contribution to the life and development of the University. Recent recipients have included Richard Barham, Alan Meek and Ronald Anderson.

John Bell Award

The John Bell Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding educational leadership while at the University of Guelph.  Normally, only one candidate will be recognized each year. Recent recipients have included Brian Husband, David Wolyn and Andrea Buchholz.

Lincoln Alexander Medal of Distinguished Service

The Medal of Distinguished Service honours an individual who has played a pivotal role in the functioning of the institution and who has influenced the quality of academic life at the University of Guelph. Recent recipients have included Michael Walsh, T.K. (Sandy) Warley and William Winegard.

Medal of Merit

The Medal of Merit is awarded to a professor who has retired from the University of Guelph, and who has made outstanding contributions to teaching, the functioning of the University, or other areas which have resulted in substantial improvement to the academic life and character of the University. Recent recipients have included Maurice Nelischer, Ian Duncan and Dana Paramskas.

Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degrees are the highest honour bestowed within the power of the University and honours individuals whose accomplishments demonstrate a standard of excellence we hope will inspire our graduates. Recent recipients have included Larry McDermott, Emmanuelle Gattuso and Barb and Doug Minett.

In order to be considered for presentation at Convocation ceremonies in 2019, nominations must be received by January 15, 2019.

Complete details regarding the nomination process and criteria can be found in respective award guidelines and through the links provided above.

Questions and Submission of Nominations

Questions regarding the nomination process or criteria may be directed to: Sarah Willey-Thomas, Associate University Secretary ( or ext. 56758)

Nominations may be submitted in confidence to the University Secretariat at (electronic submissions preferred), or to:

Senate Honours and Awards Committee
c/o University Secretariat
University Centre, 4th Floor
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1