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Student Experience Awards

Student Experience is proud to honour the achievements and contributions of campus leaders who have made a lasting difference in the lives of our students and in the strong relationship that is fostered between the campus and greater community.

Nominations for the 2022-2023 Student Experience Awards will open on Monday, February 13th, 2023.

Awards for Nomination

The following Student Experience Recognition Awards are presented each year to deserving undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty and community members:

André Auger Citizenship Award

The André Auger Citizenship Award was established in 2000 to honour André Auger who served as Director of the Counselling & Student Resource Centre from 1973-2000. Each year, the Citizenship & Leadership Education program celebrates the leadership, vision and compassion that characterized André's contributions on campus and in the local community through the presentation of this award to an undergraduate or graduate student who has consistently demonstrated a sense of personal responsibility and commitment toward community that is worthy of notice. Review nomination details and criteria.

Brian D. Sullivan Student Leadership Award

The Brian D. Sullivan Student Leadership Award was established in honour of Brian Sullivan who served as Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs from 1988 to 1999. This award is presented to a graduating student who has made significant contributions to student leadership through their involvement as an elected or appointed student representative at the University of Guelph. Review nomination details and criteria.

Erin Angus Graduate Student Engagement Award

The Erin Angus Graduate Student Engagement Award was established in honour of the Graduate Students’ Association long-time Office Manager, Erin Angus. The recipient will embody the characteristics of steadfast dedication, humble service, and ever-present support of graduate students for which Erin Angus is known. This award is presented to a graduate student who has made significant contributions to graduate and all student life through their engagement within the campus community during the past year. Review nomination details and criteria.

Kishaadigeh Award

The Kishaadigeh Award "She Who Guards the Lodge": was established in 2010 to honour Jaime (Mishibinijima) Cidro, who served as the Indigenous Student Advisor from 2003-2010. This award is presented to a First Nations, Métis or Inuit students enrolled in an associate diploma, undergraduate, or graduate program of study at the University of Guelph, University of Guelph-Humber, or Ridgetown Campus who is engaged in co-curricular activities that enrich their educational experience and is achieving well academically. The recipient is also connected in meaningful ways to the larger community, actively encouraging others to become involved and is a role model for other Indigenous learners. Review nomination details and criteria.

Laurie Schnarr I Am A Gryphon Award

The I AM A GRYPHON Award was established to honour Laurie Schnarr who served in Student Affairs from 1990–2019, first as Coordinator of the Peer Helper Program and finally as the Director of Student Experience. This award recognizes commitment to the full student experience that characterized Laurie’s leadership. Celebrating an individual or team effort within Student Affairs, this award recognizes recipient(s) who provide exceptional service to students and exemplify the I AM A GRYPHON commitments - Determined, Caring, Engaged, Respectful and Authentic. The recipient(s) have risen to meet a significant challenge, have demonstrated creativity or innovation in their approach, and as Gryphons, have been committed to being respectful, caring, determined, engaged, and authentic. Review nomination details and criteria.

R.P. Gilmor Student Experience Award

This annual award was established in honour of R.P. Gilmor who served as the Provost of the University of Guelph from 1967 to 1987. Both his vision of and dedication to student life has helped shape Student Affairs at the University of Guelph. This award is presented to an individual student or student group AND an individual staff or faculty member/group who shares Paul Gilmor's commitment to improving the student experience and has contributed to the betterment of student life at the University of Guelph. Review nomination details and criteria.


Roberta Mason Award

The Roberta Mason Award, formerly the Rookie Involvement Award, was renamed in 2004 to honour Roberta Mason who, throughout her time as a student, professional staff, and Director of Student Life & Career Services, served as a champion for the advancement of programs and services that fully engage students in the life of our campus. The award recognizes a student in any semester that, for the first time, has become actively involved in campus life and has made outstanding contributions to a club or organization at the University of Guelph. Review nomination details and criteria.


Funding Opportunity

The Gordon Nixon Leadership Award

Established by the Annual Fund in recognition of Gordon Nixon (OAC '37) and his outstanding contributions in support of student life, alumni activities, and fundraising at the University of Guelph. Annual grant funding of up to $10,000 is available to one or more campus-based student organization(s) or group(s) for support of significant new initiatives that promote student involvement, service, and leadership. Review nomination details and criteria.