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Awards and Nominations (Halifax)

Nominations for 2016-17 have now closed. 

Every year, there are over 70 awards given to Dalhousie students and societies who demonstrate leadership, civic engagement, and exemplary contributions to the community. 

Awards are seperated into 5 nomination categories:

NOMINATION CATEGORIES

Category Criteria
Residence Life

- Must be a current member of a residence hall community at Dalhousie.
- Contributes to the life of the residence hall community.
- Encourages and empowers residents to get involved in the wider community.
- Promotes an atmosphere of respect.
- Takes initiative in creating new opportunities for their peers.

Student Life & Community Service - Contributes to the life of the Dalhousie, Halifax or greater communities.
- Demonstrates personal values through action.
- Creates or contributes to new initiatives that inspire others.
- Contributes to a culture of student leadership and social responsibility.
Academic Life - Involved outside of the classroom in faculty and/or student societies events and initiatives.
- Encourages their peers to engage in faculty events.
- Demonstrates passion for the discipline.
- Takes initiative in creating new opportunities.
Student Societies - DSU ratified society and/or club that demonstrates significant contributions and impact in the community.
Graduating Students - Awarded to graduating students who are receiving an IMPACT award.

 

WHO CAN NOMINATE?

Anyone can nominate a student or society for an IMPACT award and we encourage staff, faculty and students to submit nominations. You can even nominate yourself if you wanted to. Nominations open in December and close late February.

Nominations are accepted for all Dalhousie students regardless of level or year of study provided they meet the specific criteria for each award.

HOW TO NOMINATE

Please use our online submission form to make your nomination(s). Nominations for this year's awards are now closed.

When nominating an individual be as detailed as possible about a student's accomplishments and involvement and prove how they fit the award criteria. It may be helpful to talk with a student in person about their achievments to better inform your nomination.


AWARDS & CRITERIA

In addition to above, the following awards have additional criteria. The recipients of these awards are determined by the Dalhousie Student Union Impact Awards Selection Committee.

Category: Academic Life

Faculty Impact Leadership Awards

Awarded to a student in good academic standing for each Dalhousie faculty. These students exemplify the highest level of passion for their discipline, take initiative in creating new opportunities and encourage their peers to engage in faculty initiatives. Faculty Leadership Award winners positively impact other students in their faculty and the reputation of their faculty at Dalhousie outside of the classroom.

Category: Residence Life

Residence Life Impact Award

Presented to current members of each residence hall community who have made outstanding contributions to the life of their residence community, led by example by encouraging and empowring residents to get involved, promote respect and create opportunities for their peers.

Residence Life Leadership Awards

Awarded to current residence students in positions of leadership (such as a Resident Assistant) who have best demonstrated an exceptional level of maturity and professionalism. They encourage and empower students to engage in student life, they lead by example and work to improve the life of the residence hall.

Category: Student Life & Community Service

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to a student who has demonstrated excellence in generating an innovative idea, concept, or business. The student uses their leadership, vision, and focus to make their ideas come to fruition. 

Dal Off-Campus Award

This award recognizes an outstanding off campus student leader who has demonstrated significant leadership, commitment and service aimed at improving the community they live in.

Student Activist

Awarded to a student who demonstrates passion and commitment to social justice and action, and who leads by example, organizes students in an inclusive way, acts with integrity, raises awareness, and inspires others to create change.

Green Award

Awarded to a student who has made a significant contribution to improving awareness on sustainability issues at Dalhousie. This person's actions reflect their passion for the environment and inspire others to make positive change.

International Student of the Year

Awarded to an International Student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, shown engagement in the community, inspired others and is a respected voice for international students at Dalhousie.

Top Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) Council Member

Awarded by the Dalhousie Student Union to the Councillor who has demonstrated a commitment to collaborative problem solving, active representation of their constituency, and initiative in the pursuit of innovation.

Rising Star Awards

Awarded to first, second, and third year students who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment, leadership, creativity, and initiative to the DSU, as well as to the campus and community at large.

DSU Dal-King’s Impact Award (for a King’s student)

Awarded to the King’s student who is most highly engaged and takes on a leadership role at Dalhousie.  This is the sister award to the KSU Community Engagement Award for Dalhousie students at King’s which acknowledges the contribution of a Dalhousie student to the community at King’s College.

To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent. Otherwise, all students - undergraduate, graduate or professional faculty student, full or part-time, at any stage in their academic career - may be considered for an award.

Tigers Live Well @ Dal Award

Awarded to a Dalhousie varsity student-athlete who demonstrates significant contribution to the community, has increased awareness at Dalhousie of a given charity or cause and demonstrates positive leadership and inspires others to get involved.

Intramural & Sports Club Live Well @ Dal Award

Awarded to a Dalhousie intramural or sports club participant who demonstrates significant commitment to Dalhousie's intramural or sports club programs, exemplifies the role of intramurals and/or sports clubs in developing and promoting student engagement and fun on campus and demonstrates positive leadership and inspires others to get involved.

Student Wellness Live @ Dal Award

The Student Wellness Award is presented to the student who best demonstrates leadership in promoting and contributing to a healthy campus. The recipient of this award is a role model for health and wellness both in practice and by impacting others to lead a healthy lifestyle.  This impact may be evidenced through peer-to-peer education, volunteering, service learning, global outreach or any activity that enhances quality of life and development.

Dalhousie Student Union Gold D’s

Awarded to Dalhousie students to recognize an elite level of involvement and achievement in campus life over the course of their university career. These students have shown outstanding extracurricular contributions in the community.

DSU Lilli Ju Award

Awarded to a student who has exhibited the most significant lifetime achievement of outstanding contribution to university life as a result of their leadership. This will be reflected by a breadth of leadership initatives that have made an impact on the Dalhousie community.

DSU Level Chan Award

Awarded to a student who has made the most outstanding contribution to student advocacy and academic justice.

Certificate of Distinction

Awarded to students who demonstrate above average contributions to campus life over the course of a university career.

Malcolm Honour Award

Awarded to a student for an elite level of involvement and achievement in campus life over the course of a university career. - This student have shown a elite level of consistant campus involvement over the course of their university career and has made outstanding and impactful extracurricular contributions in the community.

Category: Student Societies

Most Impactful Levied Society

Awarded to a Type 1 Levied Student Society ratified with the Dalhousie Student Union that has demonstrated consistency in planning and delivery of programming or events, high student participation and attendance of their membership and sets an example for other student societies.

Most Impactful Community-Based Society

Awarded to a Student Society ratified with the Dalhousie Student Union that is active in the Dalhousie community and beyond, providing services and addressing issues in the community. Has demonstrated consistency in planning and delivery of programming or events, high student participation and attendance of their membership and sets an example for other student societies.

Most Impactful Charitable Society

Awarded to a Student Society ratified with the Dalhousie Student Union that has made a significant contribution to a charity and has increased awareness at Dalhousie of a given charity or cause. This society has also demonstrated consistency in planning and delivery of programming or events, fundraising efforts and high attendance at their membership and sets an example for other student societies. 

Most Impactful Departmental Society

Awarded to a Student Society ratified with the Dalhousie Student Union that has demonstrated consistency in planning and delivery of programming or events, high student participation and attendance of their membership and sets an example for other student societies.

Most Impactful Faculty Society

Awarded to the Faculty Society ratified with the DSU that has best demonstrated consistency in planning and delivery of programming or events, high student participation and attendance of their membership and sets an example for other student societies.

Most Impactful Cultural/Spiritual Society

Presented to a student society ratified with the DSU that has raised awareness, engaged students, and increased representation of a culture, religion, or spirituality on campus. It demonstrates consistency in event planning and delivery, high participation and attendance of its membership, and sets an example for other student societies.

 

Most Impactful Competitive Sports Society

Awarded to a Student Society or Sports Club ratified with the Dalhousie Student Union that has selective membership and/or competes in intramural leagues. Has demonstrated consistency in planning and delivery of programming or events, high student participation and attendance of their membership and sets an example for other student societies.

Most Impactful Non-Competitive Sports Society

Awarded to a Student Sports Society or Sports Club ratified with the Dalhousie Student Union that has open membership. Has demonstrated consistency in planning and delivery of programming or events, high student participation and attendance of their membership and sets an example for other student societies.

Most Impactful General or Special Interest Society

Awarded to a Student Society ratified with the Dalhousie Student Union that caters to the general or niche interests of students, and has demonstrated consistency in planning and delivery of programming or events, high student participation and attendance of their membership and sets an example for other student societies.

Most Impactful Residence Council

Awarded to the residence council that has demonstrated consistency in event planning and delivery, has high participation and attendance of their membership and sets an example for other councils. This council also acts as a strong advocate for the individuals it serves.

Category: Graduating Students

The Alumni Distinction Award

The Alumni Distinction Award is presented to all graduating students who are receiving Impact Awards. These award recipients will receive the opportunity to be Alumni Ambassadors within all Dalhousie Alumni Chapters around the world, which will provide the opportunity to stay connected to Dalhousie and to continue making exemplary contributions to their communities.

 

Also presented at the Impact Awards Ceremony:

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Up to four students are selected for a Board of Governors' Award each year, for their exceptional contributions or leadership in the extracurricular realm. Awards are presented at the IMPACT Award ceremony. Nominations require a separate process than the IMPACT awards. Visit dal.ca/governorsawards for more information. 

AWARDS SELECTION COMMITTEE

The DSU Honours Awards Committee is responsible for reviewing nominations and selecting recipients. Once the winners have been selected, they are notified by email and have pre-allocated seats to ensure they can attend the awards ceremony.