Martha Piper Awards

The Martha Piper Awards were established in 1997 to commemorate the significant contribution Dr. Martha Piper made to the research community at the University of Alberta. The purpose of these awards is to recognize research communication excellence at the graduate level. Only research communication activities undertaken during a graduate student's current academic program (as a graduate student of the University of Alberta) will be considered.

Three awards valued at $500 each may be conferred annually. These awards are funded by the Graduate Student Support Fund (GSSF).

The nomination period for the 2023 GSA Recognition Awards closed on January 16, 2023 at 4 PM MST. Nominees/Nominators will be contacted directly regarding the status of their nomination.


All current graduate students at the University of Alberta are eligible. 

Nomination Packages

Nominees must submit 1 copy of the completed nomination package for each Recognition Award for which they are submitting a nonination. All components of the nomination package must be received together by the GSA office in order for a nomination package to be considered complete. All materials must be submitted as a completed nomination package in the form of one PDF via e-mail to

A completed nomination package must include ONLY the following components and no others:

  1. Completed Nomination Information Form.
  2. One letter of support that describes how the nominee meets the criteria stated under Adjudication: Criteria. 
    • Letter must be written by the nominee's graduate studies supervisor.
    • Letter must be signed; electronic signatures are acceptable.
    • Letters must be submitted by the nominee as part of the complete nomination package; letters sent separately will not be accepted.
  3. A condensed CV that includes a list of publications, scholarly or creative activity, conference presentations (or equivalent) undertaken during the nominee's current academic program, and all awards received. Maximum four (4) pages.
  4. Enrollment Verification Document. This can be printed from Bear Tracks. (See the Frequently Asked Questions for instructions.)
Late or Incomplete Nomination Packages
  • Incomplete packages will not be accepted or adjudicated.
  • Nomination packages received that are time-stamped after the nomination deadline will be considered late and will not be accepted or adjudicated.
  • Nomination packages will be considered incomplete without any of the components listed above and will not be accepted or adjudicated. Letters will not be accepted separately.
    • Advise your letter writers that letters submitted after the nomination deadline will not be accepted. Based on our past experiences with late letters of support, we encourage nominees to obtain letters of support well in advance of the deadline to ensure the nomination package is complete. We also strongly advise that nominees inform letter writers of the deadline information.


The Martha Piper Awards are adjudicated on the basis of four (4) criteria:

  1. Quality of research or creative activity,
  2. Conference participation record (exhibition, performance, or equivalent) during current program,
  3. Publication record (or record of original artistic works produced, ie plays, compositions) during current program; and
  4. Overall contribution to the University of Alberta research 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.

Policy and Procedure

  1. Nominations will be reviewed by the GSA staff for eligibility and completeness (see Eligibility Criteria and Nomination Information above).
  2. According to its mandate, the GSA Awards Selection Committee (GSA ASC) "is responsible for selecting the recipients of the Council-approved GSA Recognition Awards" and "the GSA ASC may decide not to give out an award in a particular category if a qualified candidate is not identified" (Section O: GSA Recognition Awards, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Awards and Selection Committee, Sections O.POL.5.1 and O.POL.5.2).
  3. Results of the adjudication will be sent to nominees via email.