William Muir Edwards Society

William Muir Edwards Citizenship Award

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The William Muir Edwards Citizenship Award, named in honour of our faculty’s founding professor, recognizes Faculty of Engineering undergraduate students who’ve made exceptional contributions to society. It’s a celebration of citizenship, leadership and of young people who go to extraordinary lengths to make our world a better place.

Students may be nominated by anyone and are selected by a diverse committee made up of Faculty of Engineering faculty, staff, students, alumni and industry partners. Up to five $10,000 awards are available and successful students will be officially inducted into the William Muir Edwards Society at a special ceremony on June 4, 2019.

The nomination period for the 2019 awards is now closed. The 2020 award nomination period will open in the fall of 2019. Keep checking back here for more details.

Nomination Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled full-time in a University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering undergraduate program.

  • Returning to full-time undergraduate studies in the 2019-2020 academic year (students in their final year of study are not eligible).

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Award Selection Requirements

Nominees will be evaluated in any one, or a combination, of the following areas:

  • Volunteerism in on-campus or off-campus initiatives. This is not limited to engineering and technical pursuits. We want to hear about all the great things our students do and ideally across a broad range of areas. 

  • Leadership and involvement in student, civic or community initiatives.

  • Scope and impact of their contributions.


Other points to consider when nominating an individual:

  • The contributions and activities of your nominee must be current. You can provide details about past activities, but you must be able to demonstrate how they are still active in their community.

  • Be sure to highlight the value and impact of the student’s contributions.

  • Contributions made as part of a paid position will not be considered.

  • Please only provide the information requested. Additional information submitted (e.g. resumes, CVs, photos, etc.) will not be considered.

How to Nominate

Nomination details for the 2020 awards will be available here in the fall of 2019.

Our 2019 Inductees