Awards

Dean's Award for Research Excellence (DARE) - Undergraduate

The Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (DARE) provides opportunities for Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) undergraduate students to engage in research projects supervised by faculty members over the Summer Term.

The primary goal of the Award is to support the development of students’ research skills by providing them with hands-on experience on a research project being undertaken by a faculty supervisor.

See the list of available research projects

Through the DARE experience, undergraduate students will:

  • receive one-on-one mentoring from a faculty member;
  • participate meaningfully in the process of scholarly inquiry;
  • develop research skills and experience to support them as they move forward in their careers;
  • investigate and learn about a research area of interest; and
  • gain valuable experience in the communication of research results, such as preparing and delivering poster presentations.

Award Value

$5,000 per student (paid as a monthly stipend over the summer months).

Eligibility

The awards are open to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in programs within the Faculty of LA&PS, including those graduating in June 2019, who:

  • will normally have a minimum GPA of 7.0; and
  • have completed at least 48 credits by the time they take up the award.

*Student awardees from the inaugural Program in 2018 are eligible to participate in the 2019 DARE program
*DARE supervisors who participated in the inaugural Program in 2018 are eligible to participate as supervisors in this 2019 DARE Program.

Number of awards for Summer 2019: There will be 30 awards available.

Duration of research activity: The research project is to be undertaken and completed during the Summer Term (May through August). Positions will commence on May 1, 2019.

DARE FAQs

Stage 1: Resume and Cover Letter

Deadline: February 8, 2019 by 4pm
After reviewing all Research Project Postings, (posted beginning January 22, 2019) interested students must submit via an online Expression of Interest form their resume and cover letter to the professor(s) whose project(s) they would like to work on by February 8, 2019 (by 4pm).

Stage 2: DARE Application (By invitation only)

Deadline: March 8, 2019 (by 4pm)*
Only those students who are selected by a faculty supervisor to work on their research project are invited to apply at this stage. Each student applicant must electronically submit a DARE Application package consisting of:

* Note: Each student applicant is eligible to submit a maximum of one DARE application per competition. If a student is selected by more than one faculty supervisor in Stage 1, the student must decide on one project for which they will submit a complete DARE application, and convey this information to all faculty members involved.

** It is the student applicant’s responsibility to arrange for receipt of the letter of recommendation from the faculty supervisor and append it to their online application.

Please do not include any additional attachments (e.g. photos, appendices, brochures, etc.) as these will be removed prior to the review process.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Eligible Supervisors: Full-time tenure-track, tenured, CLA or CUPE 3903 Contract faculty members in the Faculty of LA&PS are eligible to submit a project as supervisors. Of the 30 awards supported in Summer 2019, up to 6 will be allocated for projects supervised by contract faculty.  CLAs who agree to supervise students must have an employment contract that does not cease throughout the duration of the award.

READ MORE ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS


DEPARTMENT AWARD WINNERS

Robert Gibbs

Desmond Hart Award for the Best Essay in a 1000-level Course
Robert Gibbs,  'The Batoche National Historical Site' (HIST 1040: The Presence of the Past, Jennifer Bonnell)

Desmond Hart Award for the Best Essay in a 2000-level Course
Robert Gibbs, 'Perceptions of the Falklands War' (HIST 2400: British History from the Tudors to Thatcher, Nick Rogers and Stephen Brooke)

 

Lionel Widmer

Desmond Hart Award for the Best Essay in a 3000-level Course
Lionel Widmer, 'Amateurism and Professionalism in Ancient Greek Sport' (HIST 3125: Sport and Society in Ancient Greece, Jeremy Trevett)

Desmond Hart Award for the Best Essay in a 4000-level Course (two awards available)
Julie White, 'Power and Control of Women in the Commodian Court and the Effects of Disobedience' (HIST 4132: Caesar's Palace, Ben Kelly)

Caitlyn Taylor, 'Semper In Memoriam Nobis: Literature as Commemoration in the Interwar Period' (HIST 4360: Europe Between the Wars, 1918-1939, Matthew Kerry)

Harry S. Crowe Memorial Prize
Shivanie Mahabir, 'Psyching Out Sexuality: What Historians Say about Homosexuality as a Mental Illness in Canada' (HIST 4511: Themes in Canadian Social 
and Cultural History, Joanna Pearce)

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AWARDS

NOTE: These awards, pertaining specifically to studies in the History Department of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, all recognize academic merit. There is no formal application process. The Department will nominate qualified students based on academic achievement and, where called for, financial need. For information on other awards, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Harry S. Crowe Memorial Prize
Established in memory of Harry S. Crowe, member of the History Department and twice Dean of Atkinson, this award is available to the student whose academic achievement in any Liberal Arts & Professional Studies course with significant historical content is the highest within a calendar year.  An essay may be submitted for consideration either by the writer or by the course director for whom it was written.  It is awarded for courses completed in the previous fall/winter and summer session.

History Department Merit Award (BA)
This is a $100 Book Award for the most distinguished graduating history student in the ordinary program based on the highest Grade Point Average in history courses. (If there is a tie, the best overall Grade Point Average will be used.

History Department Merit Award (Honours)
This is a $100 Book Award for the most distinguished graduating history honours B.A. student based on the highest grade point average in history courses. (If there is a tie, the best overall grade point average will be used.)

Peter Knights Memorial Prize In U.S. History
Created in honor of Professor Knights, who passed away tragically in 1995, this is an award for the best essay in United States History at the 4000 level. Professor Knights did pioneering work on nineteenth-century United States urban, social, and demographic history.

The Joseph Woods Memorial Prize
This award is granted to a Liberal Arts and Professional Studies student whose academic achievement is the highest in one or more of the following fields: British, Irish, and European Studies. It is awarded for courses completed in the previous fall/winter and summer session.  IEstablished by colleagues and friends to honour Joseph Woods, a long time member of the History Program.

The Morris Krever History Prize
Named in honour of Morris Krever, this annual prize will be awarded to an undergraduate history student. Both academic excellence and financial need will be taken into consideration.

Willard W. Piepenburg Award
This scholarship honours Willard W. Piepenburg, University Professor Emeritus. Professor Piepenburg was the first Tudor-Stuart specialist in the Department of History, the first Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the first permanent Director of the Graduate Programme in History, and for 40 years a near-legendary teacher of undergraduate history students at the University of Toronto and York. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate history majors in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, selected by the Department of History for academic merit and financial need.

Desmond Hart Memorial Awards
Five prizes are awarded for work submitted in Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies History courses. Awards are granted for:

  1. best essay in a 4000-level course (two prizes awarded each year);
  2. best essay in a 3000-level course by any student;
  3. best essay in a 2000-level course by any student;
  4. best essay in a 1000-level course by any student.

Essays are nominated by course instructors. The award is in memory of Professor Desmond Hart, who died in 1972. The best essays at each level (1000-4000) are entered in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies competition.

Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto
This is an award for a full-time student, who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, with the highest overall average entering the 4th year of an honours program. The student must be a history major who has taken or will take at least three courses in Canadian history of which at least two are at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Lex Mackenzie Scholarship
Named in honour of Major A.A. MacKenzie, M.C., this scholarship will be awarded annually to an outstanding full-time undergraduate in a Canadian history course or one considered equivalent by the appropriate Faculty. The scholarship is awarded in alternate years in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Glendon College. The recipient must reside north of Steeles Avenue in the old provincial riding of York North, as it existed to June 1966, comprising the townships of Vaughan, King, East Gwillimbury, Whitchurch, Markham, North Gwillimbury, Georgina, and all municipalities within this area.

Grace Heggie Award
This scholarship honours Grace Heggie, librarian and historian. Grace Heggie was the first history bibliographer at York University. In more than 30 years of service Ms. Heggie built the history collection of York University Libraries, taught students how to use it, and published important reference tools and indices for research in Canadian history. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate history majors in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, selected by the Department of History for academic merit and financial need.