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Community Engagement

President’s Award for Community Engaged Research

call for nominations is now closed

Thank you to all of the nominators who submitted nominations!

 

overview

The President’s Award for Community Engaged Research (PACER) recognizes teams of campus and community representatives who have demonstrated a commitment to initiating and supporting excellence in community-campus research initiatives.

Developed to recognize and celebrate local (Golden Horseshoe and southwestern Ontario) community engaged research partnerships that exemplify McMaster’s definition and principles of community engagement, the award will include a $10,000 grant towards furthering a specific community engaged research project.

McMaster students, staff, faculty, or community partners are all able to nominate colleagues and partners who have developed or are leading principled community engaged research partnerships that are having an impact on their community.

PACER will be available to teams with a minimum of one (1) faculty member and one (1) representative of a community group. 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. Initiatives must be established and in existence for a minimum of one (1) year to be considered.

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.

Information Box Group

pacer cycle

A circular process cycle. At the top 12 o'clock position is "Call for Nominations - Early April 2022", then at 3 o'clock, "Deadline for Nominations - April 25 2022", at 5 o'clock, "Selection Process - April-May 2022", and at 7 o'clock, "Announcement of Recipient(s) - Late May 2022". Finally, at 9 o'clock, "Celebration of Recipient(s) - June 3 2022, at the President's Retreat."

A circular process cycle. At the top 12 o’clock position is “Call for Nominations – Early April 2022”, then at 3 o’clock, “Deadline for Nominations – April 25 2022”, at 5 o’clock, “Selection Process – April-May 2022”, and at 7 o’clock, “Announcement of Recipient(s) – Late May 2022”. Finally, at 9 o’clock, “Celebration of Recipient(s) – June 3 2022, at the President’s Retreat.”

nomination package

An organization chart summarizing the three components of a nomination package. The first component is the Nomination letter, video, or audio, of which there is only one, and which should be either two pages or six minutes maximum. The second component is a CV for each faculty member involved in the nominated project, and each CV should be a maximum of ten pages. The final component is a total of three support letters videos and/or audio. Each should be a maximum of two pages or six minutes long.

An organization chart summarizing the three components of a nomination package. The first component is the Nomination letter, video, or audio, of which there is only one, and which should be either two pages or six minutes maximum. The second component is a CV for each faculty member involved in the nominated project, and each CV should be a maximum of ten pages. The final component is a total of three support letters videos and/or audio. Each should be a maximum of two pages or six minutes long.