Awards and academic supports

SOGS is proud to support and celebrate our members’ academic achievements through a number of awards, conference, and publication programs.

Learn more on this page:


125th Anniversary Scholarship

The SOGS 125th Anniversary Scholarship is awarded once per year to four full-time members of the Society of Graduate Students. On the basis of academic merit, research excellence, and community involvement, this scholarship is awarded to full-time Masters and Doctoral students.

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.

125th Anniversary Scholarship Application Form (PDF)


Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award

Each year, SOGS recognizes the efforts of our extraordinary TAs who dedicate themselves to teaching and the education experience of students at Western University with the Graduate Student Teaching Assistant (GSTA) Awards. 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.

The nomination form for the Winter 2017 term opens March 1 and close on April 15. The form may be accessed online.

Most Recent Recipients (2016-2017)

Arts & Humanities

Michael Iannozzi, Dept. Linguistics/French

Jonathan Doering, Dept. Theory & Criticism 

Meghan O’hara, Dept. English, English Literature

Sarah Munro, Dept. Visual Arts

Martin Ross, Dept. Music Theory, Music Research And Composition

Biological Sciences

Andrea Petrella, Dept. Kinesiology

Madeleine Norris, Dept. Anatomy and Cell Biology

Veerta Singh, Dept. Biology

Alexander Roy, Dept. Biochemistry

Linh Nguyen Vaccarello, Dept. Audiology, Communication Sciences And Disorders

Physical Sciences

Tyler Pattenden, Dept. Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

Thomas Lardner, Dept. Civil Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Venkataraman Balasubramanian, Dept. Applied Mathematics/Mathematics

Abdallah Moubayed, Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dave Tripp, Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering

Social Science

Arthur Percy Sherwood, Dept. Political Science

Lianne Mulder, Dept. Sociology

Rhonda Balzarini, Dept. Psychology

James Budrow, Dept. Sociology

Samantha Goldsmith, Dept. Psychology


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.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications to the 2016/2017 joint fund are no longer being accepted as the fund has been depleted. Applications will reopen in the 2017/2018 fiscal year (starting May 1). Congratulations to our many successful applicants this year and thank you for your understanding.

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 Western graduate 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 $6000 each to a jointly-administered fund, designed to aid these events. Applicants may ask for a maximum of $1,000 in support of graduate student research and scholarship.

Please download and complete the application (Word document or PDF format) and return it in person or by email to the Society of Graduate Students, with all additional materials.


Joint Fund FAQ:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. How much money is available?
    Research Western, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and SOGS each contribute $6000 to the Joint Fund for a total of $18,000. The maximum amount that will be awarded to each successful application is $1,000.


Peggy Collins Memorial Award

Awarded to a part-time graduate student in a part-time designated graduate program who achieves a minimum 78% academic average in courses completed. Preference will be given to individuals who are in the workforce full-time; have family commitments; are involved in the community at Western or the community at large.

This award was made possible by generous donations from the family, friends and colleagues of Peggy Collins, a long-time employee of Western. It is hoped that this award will help to continue Peggy’s unending efforts to support others in their meaningful struggles to balance family, career and personal development. Established through Foundation Western.

A value of $1,800 is awarded to one recipient. The application form is available to download.


Western Graduate Review

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.

If you’re interested in hosting the show, or presenting your research, then please contact the VP Academic.