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Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award

The Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award is presented annually to one or more faculty members who have made an outstanding contribution to knowledge or artistic creativity in their area(s) of expertise while employed at Ryerson. The contribution to SRC activity may be a notable, significant long-term, cumulative contribution; or a single, particularly insightful or formative idea, discovery, application, interpretation, or body of creative or artistic work.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $3,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

The Distinguished Scholar Award is made available through the joint contributions of professor emeritus Sarwan Sahota and Ryerson University.

Key criteria: Scholarly, research and creative activity

Nomination guidelines

  • RFA members are eligible to be nominated for this award. Please note that retired members, professors emeriti and adjunct professors are not eligible.
  • Faculty who receive this award may not receive the same award again.
  • Award recipients shall present to the university community a seminar in which they discuss 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.

Distinguished achievement will be adjudicated by the following criteria:

  • SRC activity:
    • A notable, significant long-term, cumulative contribution; or
    • A single, particularly insightful or formative idea, discovery, application, interpretation, or body of creative or artistic work.
  • Significant external recognition and/or societal impact of the SRC activity. Examples may include:
    • Significant development  of and contributions to a major research initiative, network or partnership, such as a provincial or national research laboratory.
    • Notable breakthrough(s) in the nominee’s scholarly, research or creative field.
    • Recognition by professional societies and/or other national or international distinguished scholarly, research or creative awards (e.g., Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, Molson Prize, etc.).

Contributions to the training and research careers of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists and technical staff are foundational to Ryerson’s SRC activities. The nominee’s contributions to training will be considered in the adjudication process.

  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 package includes:

  • 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 or team 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 presentations: Celebration of Excellence; Ryerson 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.