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Faculty-wide awards

The Faculty of Arts offers multiple awards that recognize students for their academic excellence, as well as their community involvement. Whether you demonstrate high academic skills, strong community engagement, participate in research or are in financial need, there is an award for you! Explore what each award has to offer and find out if you qualify.

This award was donated by Alterna Savings to support female students in the Faculty of Arts who have demonstrated social change leadership at Ryerson or in their community and provides qualified students with a scholarship of $2,500.

Eligible students must be registered as an Undergraduate, full-time student within the Faculty of Arts; have a minimum CGPA of 2.33 and identify as female.

Students must provide a written statement regarding their involvement in social change leadership (500 words). Social change leadership may include civic, community and/or Ryerson involvement in a campaign, club, association or social enterprise. Students are also required to provide one letter of recommendation (500 words) from a member of the Ryerson community or other community that has worked with the applicant (cannot be a family member).

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Deadline: October 15th, 2020 (extended deadline)

The Carla Cassidy Award recognizes an eligible fourth year student enrolled in a full-time Arts program with the highest CGPA across the Faculty of Arts, through 6 semesters of study; must demonstrate financial need. Students with the highest CGPA at the end of the sixth semester and preregistered to take at least four billing units in the upcoming fall semester will be identified and invited to apply to the award. Carla Cassidy wants to ensure students from across the Faculty are recognized so, the award will be rotated among the various programs in the Faculty of Arts in alphabetical order starting with ACS in 2017.

In accordance with the award criteria, preference this year will be given to a student in the Environment and Urban Sustainability program. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $1000.

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Deadline: October 15th, 2020 (extended deadline)

Description / The COMMA Book Award in the Faculty of Arts will be awarded in each of the fall and winter terms to a full-time undergraduate student who has demonstrated financial need and who has self-identified as being from a racialized group or who has self-identified as an Aboriginal (Metis, Inuit, First Nations, status and non-status) person.

Background / The name COMMA is an anagram taken from the names of the donor’s parents, whom the award is intended to honour, for the love of books and of learning that they imparted.

Purpose / To provide financial assistance for a student in the Faculty of Arts to facilitate the purchase of text books for their studies.

Award Value / One award of $500 in each of the fall and winter semesters.

Application Deadline / Fall Term: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Eligibility / 

  • Applicants must be self-identified as being from a racialized group; or be self-identified as being an Aboriginal (Metis, Inuit, First Nations, status and non-status) person.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need by completing the student application form and budget;
  • Applicants should write, in confidence, to the Faculty of Arts, naming the COMMA Book Award and explaining how they meet the Award criteria;
  • Applicant students must be registered in a minimum 4 courses in the semester in which the award will be received;
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.67 and have a clear academic standing (students entering Ryerson will simply need to have met Faculty entry requirements);
  • Applicants who have received the award previously are eligible to re-apply.

Application Information / Interested candidates will need to submit:

  • a one-page cover letter describing why they are an ideal candidate
  • a resume demostrating your commitment to community and volunteer work

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Nominations are now open for the 2020-2021 Dean of Arts Liberal Studies Essay Prize. Essays submitted in liberal studies courses from ANY Ryerson faculty during the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms may be nominated for this prize.

There are four prizes, each worth $100.00, awarded annually for the best essays in Liberal Studies courses (day and CNED) during an academic year. Two prizes are awarded for essays in lower-level courses, and two are awarded for essays in upper-level courses. To qualify, an essay must achieve a grade of 85% (A) or higher. Nominated essays will be reviewed by a selection committee in May and awarded in June 2021. The students, their program advisors, and instructors are informed of the winners.

Deadline to submit nominations: TBA for May 2021

 

The Dean's List recognizes undergraduate students' high academic achievement in an academic year. Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts who meet the academic criteria outlined below will receive a Letter of Congratulations from the Dean in June. This accomplishment will be noted on the student's transcript.

  1. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.67 for the academic year (fall and winter terms).
  2. Students in full-time programs must be carrying an average unit load of 4.0 courses for two terms.
  3. Students in part-time programs must have completed a specified number of courses deemed by the Dean to be the equivalent of a full year of study.
  4. Students in full-time programs who are registered with the Academic Accommodation Support must have completed a specified number of courses deemed by the Dean to be the equivalent of a full year of study. Speak to your Program Administrator if this applies to you.
  5. Students must have all passing grades and a clear academic standing for both terms and cannot have received any Disciplinary Notation on their academic record in the academic year that the misconduct occurred.

The Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award recognizes graduating students who have made outstanding voluntary extracurricular contributions to their school or academic program department, their faculty, or to Ryerson University as a whole. The awards acknowledge and encourage student participation in university affairs.  

Professor Ken Moffatt, along with the Ryerson community, is delighted to honour Professors Doreen Fumia (Sociology) and Myer Siemiatycki (Politics) for their career contributions to student engagement and social justice. On the occasion of their retirement, the Fumia/Siemiatycki Award for Social Justice Engagement is being established to continue their outstanding legacy. Myer Siemiatycki and Doreen Fumia were the first and second holders of the Jack Layton Chair at Ryerson. Since its launch in 2012, the Jack Layton Chair has focused on developing Ryerson students’ engagement and skills in issues Jack Layton championed: Indigenous rights, equity, environment, housing, public health, fair employment and vibrant culture. Beyond their work as Jack Layton Chair, Professors Fumia and Siemiatycki devoted their teaching, research and university service to advancing student-community engagement, social inclusion and equity. They enriched the Ryerson experience for students and colleagues alike. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $1000.

Eligible students must be registered as an Undergraduate student at Ryerson University and have clear academic standing; enrolled in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Community Services; enrolled in either Full-time or Part-time studies; enrolled in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or graduating year; meet a minimum CGPA of 2.67

Students must provide a written statement (max. 250 words) showing how they have overcome adversity to pursue public education and demonstrates a commitment to social justice. They must also include a reference letter showing how you have overcome adversity to pursue public education and demonstrates a commitment to social justice. The reference letter to be written by a community member, instructor, supervisor; anyone other than family member.

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Deadline: October 8th, 2020

The Global Exchange Award provides two annual awards of $2,000 each to Faculty of Arts students to assist in paying for a learning exchange opportunity. The learning exchange must involve taking a credit course at another post-secondary institution that has a formal partnership with Ryerson.

Not awarded in Fall 2020 due to COVID-19

The Irene Gammel & Jean-Paul Boudreau Undergraduate Research Award recognizes excellence in research and academic achievement for a BA student in the Faculty of Arts.  Award recipients will receive a certificate and a monetary award of $1,000 and will be recognized at their program department's awards ceremony.

To be eligible for this award the Undergraduate student must:

  • have successfully completed a minimum of 10 semester courses towards any BA degree in the Faculty of Arts;
  • be enrolled in good standing and have a minimum CGPA of 2.50;
  • have demonstrated minimum of 50 hours of Faculty of Arts based research experience from either a research practicum course, a research volunteership, or a research assistantship;
  • self-nominate or be nominated by a research supervisor;
  • write (if nominated, the nominator must write), in confidence, to the Associate Dean of Arts, Undergraduate Studies, explaining how they meet the Award criteria

Note: In accordance with the award criteria, in 2020, preference will be given to student in a Social Science program.

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Deadline: October 15th, 2020 (extended deadline)

 

 

 

The Ryerson Gold Medal is the University's highest student award available across all Faculties. Students are nominated for this award by their academic Program Departments.

Do you need financial support to get your project up and running? The Faculty of Arts Student Projects Grant provides financial support for student-initiated extra-curricular projects and activities that promote experiential learning and student engagement. Applications are collected twice a year, in the Fall and Winter terms. / Read more >

The Faculty of Arts created the Social Venture Prize, to support Faculty of Arts students working on community-based projects and students who are incubating social innovation projects in the Zone Learning Network. The purpose of the funding is to advance an initiative and support the start-up costs, it is not intended to be used as salary. The prize is funded by individual donors, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Ryerson University.

Intended Value of Award: $1,500 x 2 and $3,000 (given out twice a year - Winter and Summer)

Eligible students must be registered as an Undergraduate, Graduate or Continuing Education student within the Faculty of Arts. Must have a minimum CGPA of 2.67, enrolled full-time.

Students must provide a written statement (250 words) that includes your elevator pitch; outlining the problem you are solving; how is your venture socially innovative; what milestones have you achieved to date; is your venture currently registered, or in the process of registering as a business or nonprofit or designated charity? If not, what are your plans for registering. The written statement must also include your team members and their expertise. In addition to the written statement, a project plan of 500 words must be included describing how the money will be used, resources that are needed, specific milestones and timelines.

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Deadline: October 30th, 2020 (extended deadline)

This award is intended to celebrate Black women in higher education. The successful recipient of this award will have the opportunity to receive mentorship from the donor. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $1,000.

Eligible students must be an Undergraduate student in Sociology, Criminology, Politics and Governance or Public Administration and Governance degree programs. Applicants must have clear academic standing; demonstrate Financial Need as determined by Ryerson University; enrolled in full-time studies (minimum 60% course load); enrolled in their second, third, tourth, or graduating year; must have a minimum CGPA of 2.00; must identify as a Woman, including cisgender and transgender; must identify at Black (including those that identify as Afro-Caribbean or African-Canadian).

Students must provide a written statement elaborating on at least one of the following: current experiences or upcoming initiatives as it pertains to elevating Black culture, on and/or off campus; contributions to the Black community, on and/or off campus; career or life path goal(s).

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Deadline: October 15th, 2020 (extended deadline)

The Donor seeks to recognize a first-year female student in the Faculty of Arts who is from Caribbean heritage. This award is open to both domestic and international students, but preference is given to international students. The Donor will also offer personal mentorship to the student, and understands that it would be considered a 'follow-up' once they receive the award, and the student would only receive mentorship if they have consented to it. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $1,000.

Eligible students must be registered as an Undergraduate student at Ryerson University; have clear academic standing; enrolled in full-time studies; enrolled in the Faculty of Arts; have a minimum Admission’s average of 85% (or international equivalent) and self-identify as female.

Applicants are to submit a (500-word max) written statement detailing how their Caribbean heritage has shaped their self-confidence and journey into post-secondary.

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Deadline: October 15th, 2020

Purpose / The Undergraduate Research Opportunity (URO) grant offers 6 undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts a meaningful opportunity to participate directly in Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) activities and to benefit from working directly with a faculty mentor. The URO grants are designed to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to enhance their research, analytical, and writing skills that they can use in their careers or future research projects.

Student Eligibility / The applicant must be a current full-time undergraduate student in a Faculty of Arts program with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0. The URO award cannot be held concurrently with another student position on campus.

Faculty Supervisor Eligibility / All tenured and pre-tenure RFA members in the Faculty of Arts are eligible to serve as supervisors.  Limited Term faculty members must hold a position in the Faculty of Arts during the award period (May 1 to August 31, 2019). The URO is for SRC assistance on a faculty-member-driven new or existing project. Work that is not part of a faculty member’s SRC project is not eligible for funding. Ineligible projects include those that do not enhance a student’s research or academic potential, for-profit contract research, consulting contract work, and administrative, organizational, or non-academic research projects.

Amount / The total amount for each URO Grant is $10,064.60. The hourly OPSEU negotiated rate including benefits is $20.54. Students cannot work more than 35 hours in any week. The URO grant supports student employment for 14 weeks (490 hours total), from May to August 2019.  The faculty supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the student completes the assigned work within the time frame noted above (no more than 35 hours per week for 14 weeks). Overages will not be covered by the OVPRI.

Review Process / The URO applications will be jointly adjudicated by the Associate Dean of Arts, Undergraduate Studies and the Associate Dean of Arts, Research and Graduate Studies.  The adjudication criteria include:

  1. Quality and completeness of the application
    • Strength and likelihood of success of the project proposal, including the fit between the student and faculty supervisor.
    • Research environment offered by the faculty member/supervisor.
    • Projected outcomes, including presentations, continued involvement in research, and co-authorship on papers.
  2. The quality of the research experience being offered to the student
    • Specific research skills to be developed/enhanced.
    • Opportunity to develop increased understanding of the depth and breadth of the student’s academic field.
    • Direct supervision and mentorship by the faculty member/supervisor and interaction with research team members.
  3. Enhanced academic and career opportunities made available to the student
    • Conference attendance, participation in research seminars, and publications.
    • Potential for developing post-graduation employment contacts/preparation for graduate school programs.

Responsibilities / The URO student must agree to participate in an undergraduate SRC showcase event (details to follow). Financial reporting to the OVPRI is not required, but unused funds must be returned to the OVPRI and cannot be banked for other purposes.

Application / Students must complete the online application below in consultation with their potential supervisor. The URO supervisor form must be completed by the Faculty supervisor.  The URO supervisor form must be attached to the student’s online application.  Please note that URO applications that are missing information or do not include the completed URO supervisor form will not be considered.

Deadline / Closing date:  March 31, 2020.