Nominations: Graduate Service

Dean of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence Winners

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Simon Fraser University presents the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Award for Excellence in Service annually to a member of the Simon Fraser University staff who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to graduate education at SFU.


The award is open to all members of the administrative and support staff in Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, as well as administrative staff in academic departments who are involved in the support of graduate studies.


  • Dedication to the department/program/office in the service of graduate students, its clientele and the public in a way that contributes to the University community
  • Service beyond the call of duty
  • Initiative
  • Significant achievement


Nominations should include a completed nomination form and nomination letters from the Graduate Program Chair and graduate students. The nomination letter should profile the nominee's contributions to graduate studies in the unit or office and in the university as a whole.

Required documents:

  • Supporting letter from Graduate Program Chair AND/OR supporting letter from Department Chair or Dean
  • Abbreviated résumé outlining nominee's record related to graduate students
  • Supporting documents or letters from graduate students

Email correspondence may be sent to to nominee's graduate caucus requesting an evaluation of the nominee's history of service to graduate students.

The committee adjudicates the awards based on the criteria above.


Nominations from the previous year will be considered only if they meet all of the conditions of the initial nomination and an updated nomination package.

The package must include:

  • a current nominations form signed by the nominee and all nominators; new letters of support from the Graduate Program Chair and/or Department Chair or Dean
  • new letters or documents of support from graduate students
  • an updated résumé


Each award consists of:

  • the recipient will receive a letter of acknowledgement
  • the recipient’s name is inscribed on a permanent plaque housed in the Thesis Defence Room
  • the recipient receives a trophy inscribed with their name and award

Recipients will be presented with their award at a graduate awards ceremony in the following year.

Nominate a staff member

For 2020: Nomination deadline is November 30, 2020.
(Complete nomination packages are normally received by March 15.)

Download and submit the signed nomination form along with all of the other required documents.

Simon Fraser University staff, students, faculty, alumni, and members of the general community may nominate candidates for the award.

Email complete nomination packages (as pdf files) to: