Awards and academic supports

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

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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.

Since 2016, all nominated TAs will be notified if they have been nominated. If the nominations have indicated on the nomination form, then TAs will also received (anonymized) feedback to use for their teaching dossiers.

The nomination form for the FALL 2017 term opens Nov 13, 2017 and closes on Jan 14, 2018

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

A list of past recipients can be found here!


Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Joint Fund

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Peggy Collins Memorial Award

Awarded to a part-time graduate student in a part-time designated graduate program based on academic achievement. 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. Applications must be accompanied by an essay (max. 250 words) describing the candidate’s motivation for returning to school, commitments at work, family and community involvement. Selection will be made by a committee with undergraduate and graduate faculty representation in consultation with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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.

Value: 1 award of $2,000. The application form is available to download.

Gradcast Radio

Gradcast is the official radio show of the Society of Graduate Students at Western University. We highlight the research of our university’s graduate students every Tuesday at 6PM on CHRW 94.9. If you’re a graduate student or have comments/questions, reach out to us at: