The President’s Awards for Community Engaged Scholarship will be available to teams with a minimum of one (1) faculty member and one (1) representative of a community group who have demonstrated a commitment to initiating and supporting excellence in existing community-campus research initiatives. The definition of Community Engagement used to evaluate submissions includes:
- Valuing the expert knowledge and passion that members of the community have about their communities and issues affecting them
- Fostering ongoing collaboration between University and community partners on how to better understand and consider the issues identified as priorities by local communities
- Performing research with community members and partners for the public good within the local community.
Community representatives may be from the public, not-for-profit, private sector, or from a grassroots community group, as long as the overall initiative meets the definition of Community Engagement, defined above. Initiatives must be established and in existence for a minimum of one (1) year to be considered.
All nominations will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:
- How the partnership aligns with McMaster’s definition of community engagement (see above)
- How the partnership strives to model McMaster’s principles of community engagement
- How students have been involved in the project—building capacity for future leadership in the field
- How the partnership has supported and/or inspired change in the community(s) where the partnership is working
- How the partnership plans to use award money to further their efforts