Each year, APSA recognizes excellence among the student body and associated members with the APSA Awards. The Awards are traditionally announced at the annual Blue and Gold event. Below is a list of awards that APSA offers for nominations.

Class Award

Value: $500

Number: 4 (one recipient for each class)

Donor: APSA

Criteria: An APSA member who promotes pharmacy unity and spirit within their class and between all pharmacy years. This individual also participates in a variety of APSA sponsored events. Involvement during past years of pharmacy will be considered, with emphasis placed on activities during the current school year. APSA Councillors are not eligible for this award.

Application: A completed nomination form, and a one-page Letter of Intent.

Sportsmanship Award

Value: $500

Number: 4 (one recipient from each year)

Donor: APSA

Criteria: An APSA member who has been an active participant in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences intramural program. This individual demonstrates team leadership skills and promotes sportsmanship among all players. The male and female sports representatives will be involved in the recipient selection.

Application: A completed nomination form, and a one-page Letter of Intent.

APSA Award for Student Research

Value: $500

Number: 2

Donor: APSA

Criteria: An APSA member who has or is currently pursuing innovative research in core areas relevant to pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Candidates must have actively participated in their research projects or significantly assisted with research being conducted by Faculty members. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated both passion and dedication in their area of research.

Application: All nominees must complete or provide: A completed nomination form, a one-page Letter of Intent, Reference letter(s)- maximum of 2,350 words each, and an abstract summarizing their research and involvement.

APSA Award for Student Advocacy

Donor: APSA

Criteria: An APSA member who actively advocates and promotes the profession of Pharmacy both within our Faculty and to the public. Candidates should show commitment to our profession, and through effective communication provide direction and support for fellow pharmacy students. They continually work to increase public awareness of the pharmacy program and of services that pharmacists can provide.

Application: All nominees must complete or provide: A completed nomination form, a one-page Letter of Intent, Reference letter(s)- maximum of 2,350 words each, and a curriculum vitae detailing completed University activities/involvement including a reference (name, contact information) for each activity completed.

APSA Award for Student Leadership

Value: $500

Number: 2

Donor: APSA

Criteria: An APSA member who exemplifies the qualities of a leader in everything they do. Candidates must be actively involved with students and faculty. The recipient of this award recognizes their own talents and strengths and uses these to guide and encourage their peers. A great leader is someone who has a passion for inspiring greatness in those around them.

Application: All nominees must complete or provide: A completed nomination form, a one-page Letter of Intent, Reference letter(s)- maximum of 2,350 words each, and a curriculum vitae detailing completed University activities/involvement including a reference (name, contact information) for each activity completed.

APSA Award for Student Talent

Value: $500

Number: 1

Donor: APSA

Criteria: An APSA member who promotes the Faculty of Pharmacy and the profession and the advancement of both utilizing talent and creativity not typically displayed in the promotion of Pharmacy. Candidates must promote the profession using methods such as, but not limited to: music, writing, art that can be shared through multiple media outlets such as myapsa.ca, PQ Quarterly, ACP, RxA, and Facebook. The promotion should be both unique and insightful.

Application: A completed nomination form, a one-page Letter of Intent, and a copy of the talent.

The Real MVP Award

Amount: $500

Number: 4 (one recipient from each class)

Donor: APSA

Criteria: An APSA member who has become an active and impassioned member of the pharmacy program through their active involvement in APSA and Faculty events and initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on commitment and participation that was above and beyond the call of duty.

Application: All nominees must complete or provide: A completed nomination form, a one-page Letter of Intent, Reference letter(s) – maximum 2,350 words each, and a curriculum vitae detailing completed activities and involvement including a reference (name, contact information) for each activity completed.

Citizenship Award

Value: $500

Number: 1

Donor: APSA

Criteria: An APSA member who demonstrates outstanding leadership and citizenship within and outside of the faculty and shows active involvement in the organization and participation of pharmacy, health, and/or community initiatives. The APSA President or Past-President is not eligible for this award.

Application: All nominees must complete or provide: A completed nomination form, a one-page Letter of Intent, Reference letter(s)- maximum of 2,350 words each, and a curriculum vitae detailing completed University activities/involvement including a reference (name, contact information) for each activity completed.

The President Of APSA’s Award For Excellence in Community Service

Value: $500 monetary award for each recipient as well as a Certificate recognizing the recipients’ contribution(s).

Number: 4 – one recipient from each year.

Donor: APSA

Criteria: An APSA member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the lives of those in local and/or international communities. Candidates should be intimately involved with APSA community development programs and fundraising initiatives, as well as demonstrating leadership and dedication in the planning and completion of extracurricular volunteering
activities.

Application: All nominees must complete or provide: A completed nomination form, a one-page Letter of Intent, Reference letter(s) – maximum 2,350 words each, and a curriculum vitae detailing completed activities and involvement including a reference (name, contact information) for each activity completed.

Past-President Award

Amount: $1000

Number: 1

Donor: APSA

Criteria: Awarded to the APSA Past-President in recognition of the commitment, enthusiasm, leadership and professionalism demonstrated throughout his or her term on APSA Council.

Application: No application

APSA Honorary Life Membership

Amount: Two Complementary Blue and Gold Tickets

Number: Not defined

Donor: APSA

Criteria: This award shall recognize the continued long-standing contributions of a distinguished individual to APSA student members at the University of Alberta. The award winner will have demonstrated a high quality of character, passion for the profession of pharmacy and, specifically, have made continued contributions to the undergraduate pharmacy student
experience at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta.

Application: Nominations for this award may be submitted by any APSA (Active) Member to the President. The nominator must present to APSA General Council the qualities that make the nominee worthy of this prestigious award, and letters of support for the nominee. APSA General Council will then vote on whether the award will be presented to the nominee. Award winners will be awarded two tickets to the Blue and Gold Ball where they will be recognized through a presentation by the President. The award winner will be asked to give a speech and a copy of his or her biography will also appear in the next edition of Pharmacy Quarterly.

Councillor’s Award

Amount: $250

Number: 1

Donor: Wal-Mart

Criteria: An APSA council member who has displayed commitment, enthusiasm, leadership and professionalism throughout their term on APSA. This individual has brought spirit, comradeship, and encouragement to the council. They consistently go above and beyond their council duties to ensure success in APSA council projects and events. The President, President-Elect and Past President are not eligible for this award. Only current APSA Councillors may submit a nomination for another individual on Council.

Application: A completed nomination form and a one-page nomination letter detailing the councillor’s contributions (maximum 350 words)

Dedication To the Profession Award

Amount: $250

Number: 1

Donor: Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association –>

Criteria: An APSA member who has been actively involved in the accurate representation and promotion of fellow students and the profession of pharmacy. They actively participate in Faculty functions and have willingly assumed representative roles on various APSA and Faculty committees.

Application: A completed nomination form, and a one-page Letter of Intent.

Dr. John A. Bachynsky Award

Amount: Two Complementary Blue & Gold Tickets

Number: Not defined

Donor: APSA

Criteria: Nomination of a staff member or liaison at the University of Alberta who has acted as an advocate for undergraduate student issues and inspired those students around him/her to strive for success in their undergraduate career. The recipient may be a member of the Faculty, support staff, or liaison staff, who is involved in student life and activities for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta.

Apply: A completed nomination form, and a one-page Letter of Intent.

Guest Lecturer Recognition of Excellence

Amount: Two Complimentary Blue & Gold Tickets

Number: 1

Donor: APSA

Criteria: This award recognizes the expertise and high quality of teaching provided to pharmacy students from an academic not employed by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The recipient is passionate about the topic material and instils a similar interest in their students through lecture(s), seminar(s), etc. This individual shares a common goal of student success by providing an excellent learning opportunity by remaining available for questions, and providing feedback.

Application: A completed nomination form, and a one-page Letter of Intent.

Sponsor Award

Amount: Two Complementary Blue & Gold Tickets

Number: 1

Donor: APSA

Criteria: Presented to an APSA sponsor who demonstrates dedication to the profession and contributes to student life through sponsorship and support beyond financial assistance, including sponsorship of educational and social events.

Application: A completed nomination form, and a one page Letter of Intent. This award will be selected by the APSA Fundraising director if no nominations are submitted.