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Awards

The MSU Awards are presented annually at MSU Student Recognition Night, which is jointly hosted by the MSU President and McMaster University’s President’s Office. The awards presented include the Honour M Award, Rudy Hienzl Award, MSU Merit Scholarship, J. Lynn Watson Award for Community Engagement, the MSU Spirit Award.

The MSU Students of Distinction Award is given out monthly by our Executive Board.

You can find the description of each award and how the awards are given out below.

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Interested in nominating someone or being nominated for an award? Please review the following steps carefully, as we have changed up the nominating process slightly. Questions can be directed at speaker@msu.mcmaster.ca 

Nominations will open on January 11, 2021, with forms being available then.

Nominating someone else:

  1. Please find the award which suits your candidate, and note what needs to be submitted
  2. Compile the nomination form (linked below) and supporting documentation into one document named “(Nominee name) – Award Name – nominated by your name”
  3. Submit the nomination package by February 10, 2021.
  4. The Candidate will then be contacted to submit their CV, and other relevant information by February 24, 2021.

Nominating yourself:

  1. Find which award suits you best, you can apply for more than one!
  2. Compile your nomination form (linked below), CV, and supporting documentation into one document named “(Nominee name) – Award Name”
  3. Submit your nomination package by February 24, 2021 (The submission form will be available soon, please email your nominations to the Speaker in the meantime)

Click here to submit your nomination.

The Honour M, the highest award that the McMaster Students Union (MSU) bestows, has been presented annually since 1932 in recognition of outstanding leadership, volunteer service, contribution and/or special achievement in extra-curricular activities. Nominee must be an MSU member who shall normally be in the final year of their academic programme.

You can find the criteria for the award here
You can find the nomination form here

The Rudy Heinzl Award of Excellence has been presented annually since 1997 in recognition of an outstanding one-year achievement which improves the lives of students at McMaster University.

You can find the criteria for the award here
You can find the nomination form here

The MSU Merit Scholarship Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding and valuable service to university, student, or residence governments, departments, clubs, societies, charities, or athletics. The nominee must be an MSU member who is not in the final year of his or her academic programme.

You can find the criteria for the award here
You can find the nomination form here

The J. Lynn Watson Award for Community Service has been presented annually since 1983 by the McMaster Students Union to the campus group that has made the greatest one-year contribution to charitable giving.

You can find the criteria for the award here
You can find the nomination form here

The MSU Spirit Award is presented annually to the campus group that has demonstrated superior spirit. The Selection Committee will consider those campus groups that best represent enthusiasm, participation, dedication, and increasing school spirit at McMaster University.

You can find the criteria of the award here
You can find the nomination form here

The MSU Students of Distinction Award is granted in recognition of individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of the MSU or student life at McMaster.

You can find the criteria here 
You can find the nomination form here

You can either submit your nomination by dropping it off to the MSU Main Office, in MUSC 201 or emailing it to president@msu.mcmaster.ca