The Martha Piper Awards are adjudicated on the basis of four (4) criteria:
- Quality of research/scholarly or creative activity;
- Conference participation record (or equivalent, ie, exhibition and/or performance of artistic works),
- Publication record (may include original artistic works, ie, plays, compositions); and
- Overall contribution to the University of Alberta research/scholarly or creative community.
Each criterion will be ranked on a scale of 1-5 (5 being high) and then added to determine the total rank for the nominee.