Presidents Achievement Award "Dare to Discover"


The Vision and Mission of our University set standards for achievement in learning, discovery and citizenship within a vibrant and supportive learning environment. The President's Achievement Award "Dare to Discover" is a team award designed to inspire and engage members of the campus community, and profile achievements in support of the University's goals. Presentation of this award will highlight achievements directly related to and in support of the Dare of Discover cornerstones: Talented People; Learning, Discovery and Citizenship; Connecting Communities; and Transformative Organization and Support.


Teams can include any combination of academic and support staff and represent any established academic or business unit, or an interdisciplinary team with membership drawn from one or more faculty or business units.


Teams are encouraged to submit a detailed, formal application for consideration. Nominations for the award will be accepted March 1st through May 31st.


Awards recipients will be announced in the fall in conjunction with a special GFC meeting to be held in the Myer Horowitz Theatre in September.


In addition to a community acknowledgement and celebration of accomplishments, a monetary award will also be presented to recipients. A $3000.00 award will be presented to teams selected for accomplishments with respect to one of the individual cornerstones. A $5000.00 monetary award will be presented to a team for overall achievement.


Dare to Discover identifies seven aspirations under each of four cornerstones listed below. In order for a team to be considered by the selection committee, the nominator(s) must demonstrate how the team has successfully met the aspirations for the appropriate award category. Teams can apply for an award for achievement under any one of the cornerstones, or for overall achievement supporting all cornerstones.

Please keep responses for each of the aspirations to no more than 500 words. Nominators may also submit any appropriate supporting documentation.

Talented People - The team is characterized by uncommonly innovative scholarship that frames our world in new ways. The faculty/department or work unit will be a destination of choice for leading scholars, undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and support staff either as a place to define their careers or as a place to explore new science and scholarship for a short time within a vibrant and innovative environment.

7 Aspirations:

  1. Attract outstanding students from Alberta, Canada and the world.
  2. Create a dynamic, discovery-based learning environment by aiming for a mix of undergraduate and graduate students typical of leading public research universities.
  3. Attract post-doctoral fellows, researchers, and visiting faculty from around the world to join the academic community already in place.
  4. Improve access for rural, Aboriginal, and non-traditional students through partnerships with colleges and by linkages with high schools across the province and improve affordability by enhancing bursaries and scholarships.
  5. Recruit and retain outstanding and diverse academic staff through endowed professorships, competitive start-up funding, attractive career support, and by providing a vibrant intellectual climate that celebrates and rewards achievement.
  6. Recruit and retain the best staff by fostering a culture of excellence within a healthy and safe workplace, providing progressive career opportunities and rewarding leadership and outstanding accomplishments.
  7. Enhance the global perspective and intercultural climate at the University by celebrating and drawing upon the diversity within it.

Learning, Discovery and Citizenship - The team has developed an exceptional environment for discovery learning that ignites a passion in students for knowledge and ideas, an excitement for inquiry-based teaching in the professoriate, a commitment to creating opportunities for intellectual growth that exceeds expectations of learners, and a contribution to public policy through knowledge translation and dissemination locally, nationally and internationally.

7 Aspirations:

  1. Create an exceptional and life-changing University experience for students through curricular and extra-curricular offerings that integrate learning, discovery and citizenship to develop the intellect and the imagination, educate leaders and enhance a global perspective.
  2. Engage students through mentorship and peer-based activities such as clubs, athletics, and social events to inspire high achievement, improve retention, and enhance graduation rates.
  3. Foster scholarships and discoveries that are transformative and at the cutting edge by rewarding quality and impact over quantity and by enhancing cross-disciplinary initiatives.
  4. Demonstrate the contribution of university discovery and scholarship to public policy and enhance these social, cultural, and economic dividends by celebrating and rewarding achievements in knowledge translation and dissemination.
  5. Foster national and international research collaborations that advance understanding and generate knowledge to address global challenges.
  6. Reward and recognize the excellence of individuals in teaching, ground-breaking scholarship, and contributions to community and nation building as public intellectuals and professionals.
  7. Inspire students, faculty, and staff alike to engage in activities that develop leadership, foster social and moral responsibility, and contribute to the further development of our society and its institutions.

Connecting Communities - The team has established strong partnerships with alumni; the capital region; various levels of government; business and industry leaders; the post-secondary and public sectors, provincial health organizations and non-government organizations. Relationships promote community pride and participation in the University, draw strength from the diversity of our external communities, and create international opportunities for learning and research collaboration.

7 Aspirations:

  1. Engage alumni in a mutually beneficial life-long relationship with the University of Alberta, enlisting their support to achieve the University's vision and to assist us in connecting to communities around the world.
  2. Build strong partnerships with the capital region, the cities of Edmonton and Camrose, other urban and rural Alberta communities, and all levels of government in order to fulfill our responsibility as Alberta's university, a leader on the national stage with global connections.
  3. Foster partnerships with the capital region, the cities of Edmonton and talented people through employment and internship opportunities for our students and access to life-long learning, identifying research challenges, and translating and disseminating our research outcomes.
  4. Foster excellent relationships with Capital Health, the Alberta Cancer Board, and other provincial health organizations the post-secondary sector, the public sector, and non-governmental organizations to further enhance the quality of life in our society.
  5. Enhance relationships with other nations to create learning opportunities for students and research collaborations to address global challenges and initiatives that foster mutual understanding, global peace, and prosperity.
  6. Promote community pride and participation in the University through its physical and intellectual openness and opportunities for on-going dialogue and discussions.
  7. Engage with, serve, and draw strength from the diversity of our external communities, in particular Aboriginal, Franco-Albertan, multicultural, rural, and northern communities.

Transformative Organization and Support - The team exudes commitment to providing a transformative university experience, and to securing necessary resources to provide the best education for students, support world class research and creative activity, and to foster citizenship.  High standards of service are established based on best practice, good stewardship, enhancing collaboration, promoting administrative efficiencies and implementing transformative ideas.

7 Aspirations:

  1. Develop an endowment comparable to the best public research universities in the world.
  2. Secure resources to provide the best education for our students, to support world-class research and creative activity and its dissemination and translation, and to foster citizenship.
  3. Provide needs-based and merit-based financial assistance to increase affordability for all students and offer competitive fellowships to attract outstanding graduate students.
  4. Build, enhance, and maintain classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and museums, as well as athletic, social, and residential facilities to provide a transformative university experience.
  5. Continue to set priorities and invest in world-class teaching and research infrastructure.
  6. Establish high standards of service based on best practices to achieve and maintain good stewardship of financial resources and capital assets.
  7. Promote administrative effectiveness and good governance by improving communication among units, enhancing collaboration, implementing transformative ideas, and revising organizational structures.

Nomination packages must be submitted complete with the Nomination Form no later than May 31st.

Nominations for the awards will be reviewed by a selection committee chaired by Organizational Health and Effectiveness, Human Resource Services. 

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Nomination Form


Nomination Window

March 1 - May 31


Mail Nominations to:

Nomination Review Committee
Attn: Sarah Flower
Human Resource Services 
2-60 University Terrace


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Sarah Flower
: 780-492-2249