Categories and Criteria

Categories and Criteria

Prize for Collaboration

All applications should be underpinned by an aspiration to better connect the work and research of McGill University with the larger society by engaging with the public and/or media. Activities should be linked to field of studies, expertise, areas of interest, research and/or teaching carried out at McGill University.   

Eligibility  

  • To be eligible, the group must be led by one or more current McGill undergraduate or graduate students and be made up of at least three (3) students or more. It is not necessary that all group members attend McGill University.
  • Academic staff may be involved in group activities, but groups should be student-led on a day-to-day basis.  
  • Please indicate in application if the group receives any funds from sources that are either internal or external to McGill or pays some of its members for part-time or full-time work related to the group activities.  

Letters of support   

  • Applications must include one (1) letter  of support from a faculty member or head of division from McGill University who is currently involved with the group and can attest to their activities.   
  • An additional letter of support may be included from people or organizations that are external to McGill.
  • Please direct all  writer(s) of letters of support  here for more information.  


For details regarding application content and format, click here.   

2020 winners

The Chemistry Outreach Group

"McGill Chemistry Outreach’s core value is accessibility of education. We spread science literacy and fight misinformation, one fireball at a time." 

Prize for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

All applications should be underpinned by an aspiration to better connect the work and research of McGill University with the larger society by engaging with the public and/or media. Activities should be linked to field of studies, expertise, areas of interest, research and/or teaching carried out at McGill University.   

Eligibility  

  • To be eligible, you must be registered as a current McGill graduate student or post-doctoral  fellow  and have completed at least one semester at McGill.    
  • The prize recognizes individuals who are new to public engagement and working with the media – i.e. who have started to engage with the public and/or media  within the past five (5) years.  
  • You may not  apply if you are in your qualifying year.  

Letters of support  

  • Applications must include  one (1)  letter of support from your supervisor or the professor you are working with at McGill University.   It is not necessary for the Chair of your department to submit a letter of support.  
  • An additional letter of support may be included from people or organizations that are external to McGill.  
  • Please direct all  writer(s)  of letters of support here for more information.  


For details regarding application content and format, click here.   

2020 winner

Morgan Crowley, PhD Candidate, Department of Natural Resource Sciences

"Sometimes I worry that my interactions with the public or stakeholders won’t be valued or considered a contribution to science. Now I know that it matters, because we have the support of McGill." 

Prize for Emerging Researchers

All applications should be underpinned by an aspiration to better connect the work and research of McGill University with the larger society by engaging with the public and/or media.  Activities should be linked to field of studies, expertise, areas of interest, research and/or teaching carried out at McGill University.   

Eligibility  

  • To be eligible, you must have an appointment at McGill University and may be academic staff (tenured or non-tenured), academic associates, professors of practice, research associates, or research assistants.    
  • If you are a faculty lecturer, you may apply if  you mention your  affiliation with McGill in media and/or public engagement activities.   
  • You must be no more than ten (10)  years beyond  your  doctorate or other highest degree awarded.   
  • Any career interruptions such as maternity or paternity leave, extended sick or disability leave, clinical training or family care can be excluded from the ten-year limit,  but  should  be  mentioned in an email to communications.prize [at] mcgill.ca

 Letters of support  

  • Applications must include  one (1)  letter of support from your Department Chair  or  Program Director so that they are  aware  you  are  applying.  
  • An additional letter of support may be included from people or organizations that are external to McGill.
  • Please  direct  all  writer(s)  of letters of support here for more information.  


For details regarding application content and format, click here.   

2020 winner

Prof. David Wachsmuth, Assistant Professor, School of Urban Planning

"As a pre-tenure faculty member, it can be a difficult decision to divert time and energy away from maximizing peer-reviewed publications. Knowing that McGill values a diversity of research outputs makes a big difference to someone like myself, who is committed to publicly oriented and publicly accountable scholarship." 

Prize for Established Academics

All applications should be underpinned by an aspiration to better connect the work and research of McGill University with the larger society by engaging with the public and/or media. Activities should be linked to field of studies, expertise, areas of interest, research and/or teaching carried out at McGill University.   

Eligibility  

  • To be eligible, you must have an appointment at McGill University and may be academic staff (tenured or non-tenured), academic associates, professors of practice, research associates, or research assistants.    
  • If you are a faculty lecturer, you may apply if  you mention your  affiliation with McGill in media and/or public engagement activities
  • You must be more than  ten (10)  years beyond your doctorate or other highest degree awarded.    

Letters of support

  • Applications must include  one (1) letter of support from your Department Chair or Program Director or Faculty Dean so that they are aware you are  applying. 
  • An additional letter of support may be included from people or organizations that are external to McGill.
  • Please  direct  all  writer(s)  of letters of support  here for more information.  


For details regarding application content and format, click here.   

2020 winner

Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, Full Professor, Department of Psychiatry

"After finding a link between depression and cannabis consumption in young people, it became important to communicate these results to the public. Our work resulted in a change in the legal age of cannabis consumption in Quebec from 18 to 21."

 

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