Awards & Essay Prizes

Awards

International Development Studies Program Honours Award
This award recognizes academic excellence in a fourth-year IDS honours major. The Scholarship is awarded in October of each year to a fourth-year IDS honours major with an outstanding academic profile and a demonstrated record of good citizenship within IDS and York University.

Department of Social Science Bursary
This award is an annual prize given to a student who is majoring in one of the Social Science programs, who has completed between 30 and 60 credits with a GPA of 6.00 or higher, who is currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits, who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, Ontario resident, and who demonstrates financial need. The Office of Student Financial Services will select the recipient in the Fall.

Ellen Baar Award
This annual award honours the memory of Professor Ellen Baar, a member in the Department of Social Science from 1971 until her death in 1998 who was strongly committed to the Department’s interdisciplinary teaching. It is given to the student entering his / her final year as a major in an Interdisciplinary program within the Department of Social Science who received the highest GPA in his/ her third year of studies. The recipient must have completed at least two Department courses in the program, and demonstrates financial need. (If the 18 student with the highest GPA does not demonstrate financial need, a transcript notation will record his / her achievement, and the funds will be distributed to the next-highest student who meets the criteria.) Applications may be obtained at the office of the Department’s chair or on-line.

Lillian Lerman Award
The Lillian Lerman Award honours Lillian Lerman, a member of the Department who retired in 1991, in recognition of her dedication and contribution to undergraduate teaching. It is given to the student writing the most outstanding essay in a 1000-level Social Science course. Nominations are made by course directors; for further information, please consult the Department’s chair.

Gordon Lowther Award
The Gordon Lowther Award is an annual prize given to the student entering second year and enrolling in an Interdisciplinary program within the Department of Social Science who achieved the highest GPA in his / her first year. The student must be currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits, a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, Ontario resident, and demonstrate financial need.

Essay Prizes

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Essay Prizes
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Essay Prizes are awarded annually to four students in the Faculty, one at each of the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels, judged to have written the most outstanding essays at their levels (of at least 1000 words). There are also four honourable-mention prizes, and all essays appear in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies yearly publication, Prize Winning Essays. The essays are nominated by professors.

Michael Baptista Essay Prize
This award, sponsored with CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin American and Caribbean), was established by friends of Michael Baptista together with the Royal Bank of Canada to honour his Guyanese / Caribbean roots, his dedication and achievement at the Royal Bank, and his continued and unqualified love of learning. Two prizes are awarded annually, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student, in recognition of outstanding scholarly essays in the humanities, social science, business or law of relevance to Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and are presented at a lecture by a visiting Latin American or Caribbean speaker.