Programs & Awards
The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) administers academic programs that promote graduate student research and recognize the contributions graduate students make as teachers. There are various categories as outlined below.
Graduate Student Teaching Awards
Each year, students and course instructors are able to recognize outstanding graduate student Teaching Assistants by nominating them for a Graduate Student Teaching Award. Twenty awards of $500 are presented annually to graduate students, divided equally across the divisions of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Award recipients are selected by the GSTA Committee based on the results of standard evaluations and written comments provided by nominees' students. Starting in 2005-06, the nomination and evaluation process is completed entirely online. Award nominees and recipients were recognized at a reception held in early May. The awards are sponsored by the the Society of Graduate Students, PSAC 610 (the Graduate Teaching Assistants' Union), and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Our Most Recent Recipients (2013-14)
|Winston Wing Hong To
Physiology and Pharmacology
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Civil and Enviro Engineering
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Please Note: For a complete list of previous recipients click here.
Western Research Forum
Established in 1987, the Western Research Forum (WRF) is an annual, multidisciplinary conference organized by the SOGS Academic Committee and held at The University of Western Ontario as an opportunity for the dynamic and prodigious graduate students in all disciplines to showcase their innovative research and creative products to their colleagues and other members of the UWO community.
This year, the theme of interdisciplinarity encouraged students to share their research in a manner that is accessible to all, not just those who are well versed in their field. Students were able to engage in networking and professional development opportunities at the conference.
This year our keynote speaker was Reid Gower, who recently gave a talk at TED Vancouver. His talk incorporated interdisciplinarity, but from a modern multi-media perspective. Reid Gower has a passion for promoting scientific literacy in the general population leading him to develop his video series, which can be seen here.
His media creation, called The Sagan Series, borrows the words of the late astrophysicist Carl Sagan and has gone on to inspire millions across the world. His videos have gotten millions of hits on YouTube, launching Reid's success to international heights. Reid is Canadian and lives on Vancouver Island.
Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Joint Fund
Research Western, the Society of Graduate Students, and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, The University of Western Ontario.
While graduate students present their research in numerous venues on and off campus, this fund was initiated to help support the creation of events (conferences, lectures) that bring external participants to share their research and interact with UWO grad students. Research Western, the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) have formed a partnership, annually contributing to $4000 each to a jointly-administered fund, designed to aid these events.
Joint Fund FAQ:
- What is the purpose of the Joint Fund for Graduate Student Research and Scholarship?
The Joint Fund was developed to help graduate students and departments to bring conferences to Western that allow graduate students at Western to showcase their research. The Joint Fund can also be used to bring in external speakers to speak to and interact with graduate students. Please note that the committee does not look favourably upon events requesting money primarily for food.
- Does the Joint Fund support travel to conferences outside of the London area?
No. If you are a student looking for a way to support conference travel please apply to the SOGS Travel Subsidy.
- How much money is available?
Research Western, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and SOGS each contribute $4000 to the Joint Fund for a total of $12,000. The maximum amount that will be awarded to each successful application is $600.
The Western Graduate Review is a podcast/radio show that SOGS produces. The show is currently being remodeled to encourage more graduate student participation. We're moving from a print format to a live radio talk show! Western's radio station, 94.9FM CHRW, has agreed to allow SOGS to host a monthly talk show to discuss graduate student research in a style similar to Bob MacDonald's "Quirks and Quarks."
Please be patient as we train our hosts and prepare our first show. All members will be notified when the show is 100% up and running. To learn more or listen to the show please visit the Western Graduate Review website.
The SOGS 125th Anniversary Scholarship is administered by the Academic Committee of the Society of Graduate Students. The Academic Committee will award the scholarships as it sees fit, using grade point average and contributions to the academic community as criteria in their evaluation.
Contribution to the academic community is to be defined as publications, academic conference participation and similar achievements. The above criteria being equal between two or more applicants, the Academic Committee may take into account the applicants' contributions to the university community and the greater community.
The Academic Committee shall award four scholarships of $1250.00 each. Two scholarships will be awarded to Master's students and two scholarships will be awarded to PhD. students.
In order to apply for the scholarship, the applicant must be a member of the society. Additionally, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that he or she receives less in funding from the university and other academic sources (scholarships and bursaries already expected) than he or she pays in tuition fees.
Applications which demonstrate that students receive more in funding than they pay in tuition will not be considered. The applicant will be required to release their financial information from the university to be made available to the Academic Committee.
Please Note: The deadline for the 2013-2014 Scholarship is March 28, 2014.