FCAT Excellence Awards

The Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology (FCAT) contains an amazing set of faculty, staff, and alumni. The FCAT Excellence Awards were created to honour the hard work, dedication, and excellence that occurs across FCAT and beyond. The FCAT Research Excellence Awards were created in 2018 and FCAT Teaching, Staff, and Alumni awards followed in 2021 to further recognize the exemplary work done by current FCAT members and alumni.

Nomination process

  1. Prepare your supporting documentation (see criteria for each award category).
  2. Complete the online nomination survey and upload any supporting documentation by November 3rd, 2023.

Normally all awards are given out annually and ties may be considered. Award recipients will be notified two weeks prior to a Faculty-wide reception in early December.

The goal of the FCAT Research Awards is to recognize excellence in research within the faculty. Nominees should be those who excel in their domain of research and whose research contributions align with SFU’s strategic research priorities, as well as those of FCAT and the nominee’s school or program.

  • Emerging Researcher Award  recognizes outstanding research contributions by a continuing faculty member who has been at SFU for less than six years.
  • Distinguished Researcher Award  recognizes sustained outstanding contributions by a continuing faculty member over the majority of their career.
  • Researcher of the Year Award  recognizes a specific and outstanding research contribution by a faculty member at any stage of their career over the last year.
  • Community-engaged Research Award  recognizes a continuing faculty member at any stage of their career who has made a recent or sustained outstanding contribution to a community in which they are designing and conducting their research studies.

Prizes: Each winner will receive $1500 of funding support towards their research project.

Nominations can be made by continuing faculty members from any school or program within FCAT.

Required nomination package includes:

  1. A nomination letter by one or more writers that introduces the candidate to the committee and illustrates why the candidate is deserving of the award in accordance with the criteria in the award description.  

    1. The letter is the strongest part of the submission package. It must be 250-300 words including links to nominee websites, SFU or international news stories, etc. 

    2. Nomination writer’s are asked to focus on clear examples that highlight the candidate’s excellence and to avoid general statements about the candidate and their work. 

  2. The nominee’s full Curriculum Vitae submitted as pdf.

Adjudication committee: a committee will be chaired by the FCAT Associate Dean, Research, and include the Directors (or their designates) of each of FCAT’s schools and programs.