Class Out of Class
New Award Recognizes Engineering Students Who Demonstrate Social Consciousness
Outstanding undergraduate Canadian students whose volunteer, employment,
or personal initiatives enhance the image of the engineering profession
and demonstrate a social consciousness will be eligible for a new national
award in 2002.
The Gold Medal Student Award was established by the Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers this year to recognize outstanding undergraduate
engineering students whose extracurricular activities benefit society
and enhance the profession's public image, as well as develop the students'
non-technical skills. It is one of the eight Canadian Engineers' Awards
presented annually by CCPE.
"We believe it is important for engineering students to understand
and appreciate the social and professional responsibilities of engineers,
and how our work contributes to the health, quality of life and safety
of Canadians," said Marie Lemay, P.Eng., CCPE's chief executive officer.
"By recognizing and providing financial support to engineering students
who act as role models for their peers and public ambassadors for our
profession, this new award will help to create greater student awareness
of what it means to be an engineer, as well as public awareness of engineering's
many contributions to society."
Recipients of the Gold Medal Student Award will receive a $2,000 scholarship
to assist them in their studies. In addition to being effective communicators
and role models within the engineering student community, they must have
demonstrated strong leadership skills, professionalism and ethics. These
qualities must have come through community involvement, participation
in engineering student societies, institutes or other professional bodies,
or in activities that enhance the image of engineering students and the
engineering profession in Canada, or increase public awareness of engineering
Nominations to the 2002 Gold Medal Student Award began being accepted
last month. They can be made through the Canadian Federation of Engineering
Students, the deans of engineering at Canadian universities that offer
accredited undergraduate engineering programs, or the provincial and territorial
associations that regulate the engineering.
More information on the Canadian Engineers' Awards and the nomination
process is available on CCPE's website at www.ccpe.ca.
In addition to the Gold Medal Student Award, CCPE presents a number of
other awards. Those are the Gold Medal Award for exceptional individual
achievement and distinction in a field of engineering; the Young Engineer
Achievement Award for outstanding contribution in a field of engineering
by an engineer 35 years of age or younger; the Meritorious Service Award
for Professional Service for outstanding contribution to a professional,
consulting or technical engineering association or society in Canada;
the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service for exemplary voluntary
contribution to a community organization or humanitarian endeavor; the
Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education for exemplary contribution
to engineering teaching at a Canadian university; the National Award for
Exceptional Engineering Achievement for outstanding engineering projects
or achievements in which Canadian engineers were involved; and the Award
for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession for outstanding
support of women in the engineering profession and engineering excellence.