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Community Engagement

Award Details

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