Student IMPACT Awards

The Student IMPACT Awards were developed by the Student, Staff, Alumni and Faculty Engagement (SAFE) Committee to recognize students who have made outstanding leadership and extra-curricular contributions to the IMS. This suite of awards recognizes that individual contributions and excellence can take many forms, yet the shared outcome of these successes is the impact made to enhance the student experience and IMS community. A maximum of 6 awards (one per IMPACT letter) are presented annually at IMS Scientific Day.

Award Categories

Click below for category definitions. Please note that the 12 award categories are all independent of each other.

I - Inclusivity, Innovation

  • Inclusivity: facilitating and promoting access to opportunities and resources for those who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized.
  • Innovation: development and facilitation of new ideas to solve problems, support students and enhance the graduate student experience.

M - Mentorship, Role Model

  • Mentorship: serving as an outstanding mentor, either in a formal or informal capacity, to fellow students.
  • Role Model: serving as a leader whose behaviour and traits others seek to emulate.

P - Professional Development, Perseverance

  • Professional Development: developing and/or facilitating programs and resources that contribute to the professional development of fellow students.
  • Perseverance: demonstrated commitment and effort to achieve goals despite obstacles and challenges.

A - Alumni Engagement, Advocacy

  • Alumni Engagement: developing and/or facilitating opportunities that meaningfully engage alumni with current students.
  • Advocacy: demonstrated commitment to anti-racist practices and advocacy for equity deserving groups and/or specific causes or issues.

C - Citizenship, Collaboration

  • Citizenship: actively and positively participates in extra-curricular, student life or community service activities and demonstrates respect, kindness and empathy for others.
  • Collaboration: works collaboratively with others, such as students, groups and the wider community, to better achieve shared goals.

T - Trailblazer, Teamwork

  • Trailblazer: a leader who takes risks and pioneers something new and successful for others to follow or lead.
  • Teamwork: demonstrated commitment to working with others and recognizing each person’s unique contributions and skills in order to achieve a common aim.

Award Information

Please direct any Student IMPACT Award questions to Sarah Topa, SAFE Committee Co-Chair, at:


  • Must be a student currently enrolled in the IMS, either in the doctoral (MSc and PhD), Biomedical Communications (BMC) or Graduate Diploma in Health Research (GDipHR) programs.  
  • Preference will be given to those nominees whose achievements meet or integrate multiple award categories.
  • Have never received a Student IMPACT award previously.
  • Activities (formal and informal) must have been carried out during graduate training.
  • Be in good academic standing:
    • Doctoral Program:
      • Hold regular Program Advisory Committee meetings (every 6 months)
      • Secure A- in courses
      • Achieve Candidacy on time (PhD students only)
    • Biomedical Communications Program:
      • Hold regular MRP Committee meetings (3 meetings over 16 months)
      • Secure A- in courses
    • ​​​​​​​Graduate Diploma in Health Research Program:
      • Regular attendance at MSC1992Y seminars
      • Submission of assignments on time
      • Medical Student’s Research Day abstract submission
      • Progressing as expected on research projects 


  • The Nomination Form must be completed by the nominee, with:
    • Nominee’s contact and program information
    • Statement from nominee describing their impact on the IMS community. Statement must show how they meet at least one, and no more than three, of the award categories.
    • Nominator/Endorsement Statements – must be completed by two members of the IMS community, which includes students, faculty, staff and alumni.
    • The nomination form must be emailed to by March 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM. 


Are self-nominations accepted?
Yes, you are welcome to nominate yourself for the award.

Are group nominations accepted?
No, group nominations are not accepted. These awards are presented to an individual.

Are the awards tied to a specific award category?
No, each award that is presented will be named "Student IMPACT Award".

Do the endorsement statements have to speak about the same award categories as the nominee?
No, the nominee and each endorser (2) may all choose different award categories. The endorsement and nominee statements cannot exceed 3 categories each.  

How many awards will be presented each year?
A maximum of 6 awards will be presented annually - one per IMPACT letter.

Am I able to include paid work in my nomination?
Yes, you are welcome to highlight paid employment experience in your nomination.

How are the award winners chosen?
The awards will be adjudicated by a sub-group of the SAFE Committee

When will the award winners be announced?
The award winners will be announced at IMS Scientific Day on May 17, 2022.