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Early SRC Career Excellence Award

The Early Scholarly Research and Creative (SRC) Career Excellence Award is a university-wide, annual award that recognizes an individual’s outstanding SRC activity in the first five years of their academic career and who has made a significant contribution in their area(s) of expertise.

The award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Scholarly, research and creative activity

Nomination guidelines

  • RFA members who are within the first five years (60 months) of their first appointment to a tenure-track position at Ryerson or any other academic institution are eligible to be nominated for this award.
  • Adjunct professors are not eligible.
  • SRC contributions must be from within the first five years (60 months) of the nominee’s academic career.
  • Faculty who receive this award may not receive it again.
  • Award recipients shall present to the university community a brief description of the scholarly, research or creative work for which they are receiving the award.

Candidates are nominated by two colleagues, a ‘Nominator’ and a ‘Seconder’. The Nominator is required to supply the information and documents as outlined below under Nomination Process and Nomination Package. A Seconder for each nomination is also required and may assist the Nominator in preparing the nomination package. Please note that either the Nominator and/or the Seconder must be a member of a department or school other than the nominee’s.

Contributions to scholarly, research and creative achievement to be considered by the selection committee should include:

  • Clear evidence of outstanding SRC activity (e.g. major external SRC funding, award, or recognition)
  • Significant contribution(s) to the training and research careers of highly qualified personnel including undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research scientists, research assistants and/or technical staff.
  • Evidence of significant contributions(s) in the nominee’s scholarly, research or creative field.
  1. Obtain the nominee’s permission;
  2. Complete the nomination package as described below;
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal on the Recognition website.
  4. Nominee receives a confirmation email with a link to provide online consent. This step must be completed before the deadline.

The nomination should provide:

  • Citation (100 word maximum) highlighting how the nominee meets the criteria of excellence for this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communication should the nominee be selected.
  • Supporting Statement (three page maximum) of why the nominators feel that the nominee’s work has proved outstanding and important to the advancement of knowledge or creativity in the field.
  • Summary (two page maximum) of the scholarly, research and creative achievements and strengths of the nominee.
  • The nominator has the option to provide supporting materials (five-document maximum) including, if appropriate, external appraisals of the nominee’s work and one or two significant publications. Materials may include up to two full-length articles or book chapters (no page limit), each of which counts as one document. Non-publication supporting materials should not exceed ten pages in total.
  • Updated CV in Common or OCGS format - this requirement is submitted after the initial nomination process. Nominees will be prompted by email to submit this portion. 

The award recipient(s) shall be selected by the OVPRI Prizes and Awards Committee. Members of the Committee who are nominated or who are acting as a nominator must recuse themselves from all discussion related to the selection process for this award. The Committee may determine not to present an award in a particular academic year.

Nomination deadline: November 8 at noon
Recipient notified by: December 22
Award presentation: Celebration of ExcellenceRyerson Awards Night

Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Programs Assistant
416-979-5000, ext. 553553

Celebration details

This award is celebrated at the Celebration of Excellence and Ryerson Awards Night.