Student Development Awards

Through a number of Student Development awards, the Office of the Vice-President, Students annually recognizes exceptional contributions and significant improvements to the student experience and learning environment at UBC.

The Student Development Awards are adjudicated by a committee of Staff, Faculty and Students.

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2017/18 Student Development Award recipients

Please join us in applauding and congratulating the 2017-2018 Student Development Award recipients: 

Margaret Fulton Award 

This award is granted to an outstanding individual (student, faculty, or staff) who has made a contribution to student development and the university community in honour of Margaret Fulton’s commitment to university access and student learning.

  • Kevin Doering, 4th year, Faculty of Arts
  • Vivian Tsang, 1st year, Faculty of Medicine
  • Michael Lee, Senior Instructor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine

Helen McCrae Award  

This award is granted to recognize a service for students provided by the AMS, GSS, or UBC in honour of Helen McCrae’s commitment and contributions to community.

  • Pro Bono Students Canada – UBC Chapter, Peter A. Allard School of Law

The Process

If you are interested in learning more about the application process and awards criteria or would like to find out about the awards recipients, take a look here:

Awards Nomination

Nominations should include a written statement from the nominator and two supporting letters (in pdf format) outlining the exceptional contributions or improvements to student development at UBC. Letters from students are particularly encouraged. 

Please submit nominations here

If you have any questions about the nomination process please contact Abby Yellen, Executive Assistant to the Vice-President, Students at  

You may submit your nomination package via email if you prefer.   Please email your package to:

Deadline for nominations: February 19, 2018

Award winners will be announced in March 2018 and will be honoured at a ceremony tentatively scheduld for March 28, 2018.

The following criteria will guide the evaluation of award applications:

  1. Directly impacts the student experience, and particularly, exceptional contributions to student learning and development
  2. Upholds values of inclusion and equity
  3. Enhances student involvement in the Campus and Community
  4. Promotes excellence in the student experience
  5. Involves students in the needs assessment, planning, implementation or program evaluation where appropriate
  6. Sustainably and strategically builds capacity for enhanced student learning and development for the future

Awards Recipients

Helen McCrae Award
For a service for students provided by Alma Mater Society (AMS), Graduate Student Society (GSS), or University of British Columbia (UBC)

2016/17Public Scholars Initiative, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
2015/16Undergraduate Research Opportunities, AMS Club Computer Science Tri-Mentoring Program
2014/15Undergraduate Chemistry Society
2013/14Faculty of Law, Peer Tutoring ProgramFaculty of Arts, Tri-Mentoring Program
2012/13UBC Tandem Language Exchange ProgramGlobal Lounge
2011/12Arts Academic Advising ServicesThe Ubyssey
2010/11Graduate Pathways to Success Program – Faculty of Graduate Studies
2009/10UBC Arts Co-op Students’ Association
2008/09International Peer ProgramFirst (2007/08) Executive of the Environmental Science Students’ Association
2007/08Graduate Student Society Advocacy OfficeUBC SEEDS (Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies)
2006/07SCI TeamUBC Farm and Centre for Sustainable Food SystemsLet’s Talk Science
2005/06UBC RECUBC Tax Assistance Clinic for Students
2004/05Engineers Without Borders Learning Exchange Trek Program
2003/04UBC Dance ClubWorld University Service Canada (WUSC)
2002/03AMS Ombuds OfficeStudent Exchange Program
2001/02None granted
2000/01AMS SafewalkInternational ESL Program
1999/00AMS Tutoring ServicesFaculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Teaching Support Group
1998/99Electrical & Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association
1997/98Arts Academic Advising OfficeImagine UBC ProgramInternational Student ServicesSafer Campus Peer Education ProgramTotem Park Residence Association

Margaret Fulton Award
For an individual 

2016/17Jason Speidel, M.A.Sc. (candidate),
Faculty of Applied ScienceRoxana Quinde, Coordinator,
Global Partnerships and Global Resource Systems,
Faculty of Land and Food Systems Peter Ostafichuk, Professor of Teaching,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Faculty of Applied Science Sathish Gopalakrishnan, Associate Professor and Associate Head,
Strategic Priorities, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
2015/16Andre Marziali,
Director, UBC Engineering PhysicsJanet Teasdale,
Managing Director Student Development & ServicesHassan Packir,
4th year Student, Business Technology Management
2014/15Shona Ellis, Faculty, Associate Head of BiologyJason McManus, Staff, Manager Intramural Programs, UBC Recreation
2013/14Hassan BhattiMona MalekiAna VivaldiDr. Paul Smith
2012/13Sally Hermansen, Associate Dean, Student Services, Faculty of ArtsRuth Lavergne, PhD student, School of Population and Public Health
2011/12Dr. Paul Harrison, Associate Dean, Faculty of ScienceAlyssa Koehn, Year 4 – Faculty of Arts (Political Science & Geography)
2010/11Joshua Caulkins, Science Teaching & Learning FellowProfessor Hugh Neary, Department of EconomicsCharles Shi, International Student Development
2009/10Nancy Gallini, Dean of ArtsJanet Sinclair Walker, Student Development ScienceRobert Winson, Sauder B.Comm
2008/09Professor Jane Flick, Department of English, Faculty of ArtsDavid Chiu, Graduate Student Council, Faculty of EducationDr. Margo Fryer, UBC Learning Exchange
2007/08Kim KilohDr. David ShackletonSiu-Kae Yeong
2006/07Tim Louman-Gardiner, Third-year LawWinnie Cheung, Office of the AVP InternationalJohanna Waggott, UBC Housing and Conferences
2005/06Allison Dunnet, Student DevelopmentDr. Margery Fee, Faculty of ArtsTriny Shen, Graduate Student Society
2004/05Chad Hyson, Student DevelopmentDr. Neil Guppy, Department of Anthropology and Department of SociologyRegina Lyakhovetska, Student Development
2003/04Yashar Kalighi, Graduate Student SocietyDr. Les Lavkulich, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainabiilty
2002/03Debbie Aikens, Student Health ServiceMargot Bell, Chapman Learning CommonsSue Brown, Alma Mater SocietyKristi Mardyn/David Hui, Community Health Initiative for University Students
2001/02Joydeep SenguptaByron HenderSheila Te Hennepe
2000/01Rick JoeRoger MillerJohn Worrall
1999/00Judy Brown Candace Erica Hofmann
1998/99Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe
1997/98Carmen de SilvaDavid HolmNestor KorchinskyJulie Walchli

Alfred Scow Award
​For an undergraduate program or department

2016/17Bachelor of International Economics, Vancouver School of EconomicsDepartment of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science
2015/16 Not granted
2014/15NITEP, The Indigenous Teacher Education Program, Faculty of Education
2013/14None granted.
2012/13None granted.
2011/12Physics and Astronomy DepartmentUBC Opera Program
2010/11Cognitive Systems Program
2009/10Department of Psychology
2008/09Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science
2007/08First Nations Studies Program, Faculty of Arts
2006/07Mech 2 Program, Faculty of Applied ScienceGlobal Resource System Program, Faculty of Land & Food Systems
2005/06None granted
2004/05International Relations Program
2003/04Wood Products Processing Program, Faculty of Forestry
2002/03Integrated Sciences ProgramFirst Nations Languages Program, Faculty of Arts
2001/02Electro-Mechanical Engineering Program (EMEC), Faculty of Applied Science
2000/01None granted
1999/00Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts
1998/99Natural Resources Conservation Program, Faculty of Forestry
1997/98Science One Program

Peter Larkin Award
​For a graduate program or department 

2016/17Master of Food Resource Economics Program
2015/16Master of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Program
2014/15Not awarded this year
2013/14Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Graduate Program
2012/13Department of Geography
2011/12Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies ProgramInstitute of Applied Mathematics
2010/11Graduate Program, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
2009/10None granted
2008/09Graduate Program, Department of History, Faculty of ArtsDepartment of Statistics, Faculty of Science
2007/08Graduate Program, Faculty of ForestryOptional Residency MFA in Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts
2006/07None granted
2005/06School of Community and Regional Planning
2004/05Ts`´kel Graduate Program
2003/04None granted
2002/03Rural and Underserved Community Practice Program
2001/02Graduate Program, Department of English
2000/01The Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction
1999/00Faculty of Commerce MBA Program
1998/99Genetics Graduate Program
1997/98Electro-Mechanical Design ProgramGreen CollegeMaster of Health Administration “Bridging” Program
Helen McCrae

Helen McCrae Award

For a service for students provided by AMS, GSS, and UBC

Dr. Helen McCrae served UBC as a professor of Social Work and Dean of Women from 1959 to 1973. Her community contributions have extended from UBC to the United Nations in her efforts to improve educational opportunities and the lives of women and children. This award is granted to recognize a service for students provided by the AMS, GSS, or UBC in honour of her commitment and contributions to community.

Headshot of Margaret Fulton

Margaret Fulton Award

For an individual

Dr. Margaret Fulton was a distinguished educator in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. She served as the Dean of Women at UBC and University President, Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.This award is granted to an outstanding individual (student, faculty, or staff) who has made a contribution to student development and the university community in honour of her commitment to university access and student learning.

Alfred Scow

Alfred Scow Award

For an undergraduate program or department

A UBC Alumnus, Judge Scow was the first Aboriginal person in British Columbia to graduate with a Bachelor of Law degree, and in 1962, he became the first Aboriginal lawyer in BC. He served as a judge for the Provincial Court of British Columbia from 1971 to 1992. His tireless efforts to support First Nations students contributed to the establishment of the First Nations House of Learning. This award is granted to an undergraduate program or department that has contributed to student development in honour of his commitment to UBC and demonstrated vision, integrity, and dedication to social justice.

Peter Larkin smiling through a window

Peter Larkin Award

For a graduate program or department

Dr. Peter Larkin was UBC’s first Fisheries Biologist and founding Director of the Institute of Fisheries, a graduate program. He continued his support of graduate education and became Dean of Graduate Studies in 1975 and Vice-President, Research in 1986. He was a Member of the Order of Canada (1995) and the Order of BC (1996). This award is granted to a graduate program or department that has contributed to student development in honour of his commitment and passion for teaching and graduate education.