About Us: JCB Faculty & Student Awards

 

Faculty Awards:

The Christine Harrison Bioethics Education Award for Integration of Theory and Practice - 2018

This award was created to recognize the superlative contributions of Dr. Christine Harrison as a teacher, mentor, and practicing bioethicist who conveys a rich appreciation for the importance of both theory and practice.

 

One award will be conferred annually by the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB).

 

The recipient of the award will receive a certificate, recognition in The JCB Voice newsletter, and an invitation to present on a bioethics education topic in the JCB Bioethics Seminar Series. All nominees will receive a letter from the Associate Director, Education and Practice informing them that they have been nominated. At the nominee's request, a letter will be sent to their department chair and/or direct supervisor.

 

Eligibility

Any member of the JCB community engaged in bioethics education (e.g., as a bioethics course director, practicum supervisor, fellowship rotation supervisor, thesis supervisor/committee member, program coordinator/director, lecturer, discussion facilitator) may be nominated. Normally the award recipient will be recognized for his/her educational contributions to the University of Toronto and/or a JCB-affiliated healthcare organization.

 

Past winners and current members of the JCB Leadership Team are ineligible.
Past winners: Barbara Russell, Frank Wagner, Gerry Craigen, Elizabeth Peter and Randi Zlotnik-Shaul.

 

Who Can Nominate

Any individual or group of individuals in the JCB community may submit a nomination.

 

Award Criteria

Key criterion:

  • effectively conveys in bioethics education activities the importance--and necessary interrelationship--of both theory and practice in bioethics.

Other criteria may include:

  • passion and commitment to education, teaching, mentoring, and/or supervision;
  • ability to integrate research/scholarship, education, and practice;
  • effective educational techniques, curriculum development, or program innovations;
  • sustained contribution.

Deadline for Submission: May 9, 2018 (midnight)

 

Nomination Procedure

To be considered, the nomination package must include:

  • A brief nomination letter (max 500 words) specifying:
    1. 1. the name of the person being nominated;
      2. the names of the persons providing letters to support the nomination;
      3. a brief summary of the reasons for the nomination.
  • Two or three letters of support (maximum) that directly address the award criteria.

It is highly recommended that one letter be from a student taught by the person being nominated.

 

Once a complete nomination package is received by the JCB, the nominee will be contacted to provide their CV.

 

Nomination packages (email or hardcopy) should be sent to:
Executive Assistant
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
155 College Street, Suite 754
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8
jcb.ea@utoronto.ca

 

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be members of the JCB's Education Advisory Committee, chaired by the JCB Director.

 

Should the Selection Committee decide in any given year that none of the nominees sufficiently meets the award criteria, it may opt to not confer the award.

 

Contact

For more information, please contact the JCB Director, Jennifer Gibson (jcb.director@utoronto.ca).

 

The Ross Upshur Graduate Thesis Mentorship Award - 2019

This award was created to recognize Dr. Ross Upshur's many talents and accomplishments in bioethics research, education, practice, and public engagement; and to honour his exemplary work as a thesis mentor for scores of graduate students specializing in bioethics.

 

One award will be conferred every other year (odd numbered years) by the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB).

 

Award recipients will receive a certificate and recognition in The JCB Voice newsletter. All nominees will receive a letter from the Director informing them that they have been nominated. At the nominee's request, a letter will be sent to their department chair and/or direct supervisor.

 

Eligibility

Any member of the JCB community engaged as a thesis supervisor, co-supervisor, or committee member in the Collaborative Program in Bioethics.

 

Current members of the JCB Leadership Team are ineligible.

 

Who Can Nominate

Any graduate student in (or recent graduate of) the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics may submit a nomination.

 

Award Criteria

Key criterion:

  • a thesis supervisor, co-supervisor, or committee member who provides outstanding mentoring and role modeling for graduate students.

Other criteria that may be considered:

  • demonstrated passion and commitment to education, teaching, mentoring or supervision;
  • inspirational mentorship that challenges students at the same time as it enables them to build confidence and achieve their potential;
  • strong student evaluations of the relevant course over the past two years;
  • sustained contribution.

Deadline for Submission: TBA

 

Nomination Procedure

To be considered, the nomination package must include:

  • A brief nomination letter (max 500 words) specifying:
    1. 1. the name of the person being nominated;
      2. the names of the persons providing letters to support the nomination;
      3. a brief summary of the reasons for the nomination.
  • Two letters of support that directly address the award criteria.

Once a complete nomination package is received by the JCB, the nominee will be contacted to provide their CV.

 

Nomination packages (email or hardcopy) should be sent to:
Executive Assistant
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
155 College Street, Suite 754
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8
jcb.ea@utoronto.ca
(416) 978-1906

 

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be members of the JCB's Education Advisory Committee, chaired by the JCB Director.

 

Should the Selection Committee decide in any given year that none of the nominees sufficiently meets the award criteria, it may opt to not confer the award.

 

Contact

For more information, please contact the JCB Director, Jennifer Gibson (jcb.director@utoronto.ca).

 

The Ross Upshur Course Director Award - 2018

This award was created to recognize Dr. Ross Upshur's many talents and accomplishments in bioethics research, education, practice, and public engagement; and to honour his outstanding work as the creator and course director for CHL3003Y Empirical Approaches in Bioethics in the MHSc in Bioethics Program.

 

One award will be conferred every other year (even numbered years) by the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB).

 

Award recipients will receive a certificate and recognition in The JCB Voice newsletter. All nominees will receive a letter from the JCB Director informing them that they have been nominated. At the nominee's request, a letter will be sent to their department chair and/or direct supervisor.

 

Eligibility

Any member of the JCB community engaged as a Course Director or Co-Director in the MHSc in Bioethics Program and/or Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics (required or elective course).

 

Current members of the JCB Leadership Team are ineligible.

 

Who Can Nominate

Any individual or group of individuals in the JCB community may submit a nomination.

 

Award Criteria

Key criterion:

  • excellence in the teaching, administration, and on-going development of a bioethics graduate course.

Other criteria that may be considered:

  • demonstrated passion and commitment to education, teaching or mentoring;
  • effective educational techniques, curriculum development, or program innovations;
  • strong student evaluations of the relevant course over the past two years;
  • sustained contribution.

Deadline for Submission: May 9, 2018 (midnight)

 

Nomination Procedure

To be considered, the nomination package must include:

  • A brief nomination letter (max 500 words) specifying:
    1. 1. the name of the person being nominated;
      2. the names of the persons providing letters to support the nomination;
      3. a brief summary of the reasons for the nomination.
  • Two letters of support that directly address the award criteria.

Once a complete nomination package is received by the JCB, the nominee will be contacted to provide their CV.

 

Nomination packages (email or hardcopy) should be sent to:
Executive Assistant
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
155 College Street, Suite 754
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8
jcb.ea@utoronto.ca
(416) 978-1906

 

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be members of the JCB's Education Advisory Committee, chaired by the JCB Director.

 

Should the Selection Committee decide in any given year that none of the nominees sufficiently meets the award criteria, it may opt to not confer the award.

 

Contact

For more information, please contact the JCB Director, Jennifer Gibson (jcb.director@utoronto.ca).

 

The Barbara Secker Award for Professional Innovation in Health Ethics Practice - 2018

The Barbara Secker Award for Professional Innovation in Health Ethics Practice was created on the occasion of Dr. Barbara Secker's retirement in honour of her exceptional contributions to the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) and her leadership in the professionalization of health ethics practice in Canada.

 

The award recognizes an individual, or collectively a group of individuals, who demonstrate exemplary service to the health ethics profession as demonstrated through: i) leadership in advancing the profession of health ethics practice, or ii) excellence in the professional practice of health ethics, or iii) scholarly excellence in the study of the professionalization of health ethics practice.

 

One award will be conferred every 2 years in recognition of exemplary service to the health ethics profession. The recipient of the award will receive a certificate of recognition, featured article in The JCB Voice newsletter, and an invitation to present their work in the JCB Seminar Series. All nominees will receive a letter from the JCB Director informing them that they have been nominated. At the nominee's request, a letter will be sent to their direct supervisor and/or department chair.

 

Eligibility

Any member of the JCB community engaged in activities related to the professionalization of health ethics practice may be nominated. Normally at least 75% of the nominee's work will be dedicated to the professional practice of health ethics defined as ethics consultation, ethics policy development/review, ethics education, research ethics review, ethics program leadership, and/or ethics quality improvement activities in a health setting.

 

Current members of the JCB Leadership Team are ineligible.

 

Who Can Nominate

Any individual or group of individuals in the JCB community may nominate a candidate (either an individual or collectively a group of individuals) for the Award.

 

Award Criteria

Key criterion:

  • significance of the activity for the profession of health ethics practice;
  • excellence and innovation;
  • impact of the nominee's activities.

Deadline for Submission: May 9, 2018 (midnight)

 

Nomination Procedure

To be considered, the nomination package must include:

  • A nomination letter (max 750 words) specifying:
    1. • the area of exemplary service for which the nominee is being recommended for the award (i.e., leadership in advancing the professionalization of health ethics practice or excellence in professional practice of health ethics or scholarly excellence in the study of professionalization of health ethics practice);
  • Letters of support (to a maximum of 3) that directly address the award criteria

Once a complete nomination package is received by the JCB, the nominee will be contacted to provide their CV.

 

Nomination packages (email or hardcopy) should be sent to:
Executive Assistant
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
155 College Street, Suite 754
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8
jcb.ea@utoronto.ca
(416) 978-1906

 

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be struck by the JCB Director.

 

Should the Selection Committee decide in any given year that none of the nominees sufficiently meets the award criteria, it may opt to not confer the award.

 

Contact

For more information and queries about eligibility, please contact the JCB Director, Jennifer Gibson (jcb.director@utoronto.ca).

 


 

Student Awards:

JCB Mervis-Simon Family Award in Bioethics - 2018

The Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is pleased to seek applications for the Mervis-Simon Family Award in Bioethics. One award in the amount of $1,500 is available to a graduate student in good standing with demonstrated financial need. The endowment will support a clinical ethics thesis project award for graduate students enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics at the JCB. "Clinical ethics" is broadly construed to include ethics research related to clinical settings, including organizational ethics, research ethics and public health ethics. Preference will be given to students with a career interest in bioethics.

 

Under this Ontario Trust for Student Support program (OTSS), financial need and Ontario residency as well as Canadian citizenship, Permanent Resident or Protected Persons status is a requirement for this award. Merit-based criteria may be combined with financial need to distinguish between applicants with roughly equal financial need.

 

If you are interested in applying for this Award, please read the Guidelines for Applications for OSOTF Awards carefully to ensure you are eligible (OSOTF eligibility web link).

 

To apply please submit the following:

  • Your CV
  • A one-page description of your thesis project (including progress to date)
  • Transcripts (Master's and PhD, undergraduate not required)
  • Two letters of recommendation in total (one must be from your current supervisor); submitted directly to the Executive Assistant; electronic copies acceptable.
  • Application for Departmental OSOTF Award
  • OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form (available on SGS website under Awards and Loans web link) [Note - the dates are 1 year behind in the form. Submit information for 2016-17]

Deadline for Submission: May 9, 2018 (midnight)

 

Send all completed forms to:
Executive Assistant
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
155 College Street, Suite 754
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8
jcb.ea@utoronto.ca

 

JCB Peter Singer Award in Bioethics - 2018

The Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is pleased to seek applications for the Peter Singer Award in Bioethics. One award in the amount of $3,000 is available. The endowment will support an award for graduate students who are currently registered in the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics at the JCB and working on their thesis. Preference is given projects using a solution oriented approach and to a student of merit.

 

A 'solution oriented approach' isn't simply descriptive or critical but is constructive along the lines of proposing something concrete in response to the issue/problem identified, e.g., a thesis that includes concrete policy recommendations, a protocol to change practice, a social enterprise, etc.

 

To apply please submit the following:

  • Your CV
  • A one-page description of your thesis project (including progress to date) (max 500 words)
  • Transcripts (Master's and PhD, undergraduate not required)
  • Two letters of support in total (one must be from your current supervisor); submitted directly to the Executive Assistant; electronic copies acceptable
  • GSEF Application Form pdf link (Financial Needs form and description of extra-curricular activities NOT required)

Deadline for Submission: May 9, 2018 (midnight)

 

Send all completed forms to:
Executive Assistant
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
155 College Street, Suite 754
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8
jcb.ea@utoronto.ca

 

The Larry Librach Prize in Ethics and End of Life Care - 2018

This award was created to recognize the lifetime devotion of Dr. S. Lawrence (Larry) Librach to scholarship, education and practice in end of life care and to honour his tenure as the Director of the Joint Centre for Bioethics from 2011-2013.

 

One award will be conferred annually by the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB).

 

The recipient of the award will receive a certificate, recognition in the JCB Voice newsletter, an invitation to present in the JCB Seminar Series and an honorarium of $500.

 

Eligibility

Who is eligible? Graduate students who are enrolled in, or have recently graduated from (within one year), the Master of Health Science in Bioethics or the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics are eligible. The student must be the first (or sole) author of a completed scholarly work in the area of ethics and end of life care.

 

What is eligible? Scholarly work completed in the past 12 months, i.e., course paper, thesis chapter, paper submitted for publication, publication, presented poster. Other written scholarly work may also be eligible at the discretion of the Selection Committee (queries should be directed to the Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics at jcb.director@utoronto.ca). Only one submission is allowed per applicant. Applicant should submit the applicable work they feel is the best.

 

Who Can Nominate

Graduate students may nominate themselves for this award, or they may be nominated by a faculty member (with the student's permission).

 

Award Criteria

The submitted work demonstrates:

  • relevance to ethics and end of life care, including but not limited to palliative care, pain control, advance care planning, assisted suicide, or euthanasia;
  • originality and academic excellence;
  • actual or potential impact on the field.

Deadline for Submission: May 9, 2018 (midnight)

 

Nomination Procedure

To be considered, the nomination package must include:

  • the student's completed piece of scholarly work (anonymized);
  • a brief covering letter (200-250 words) describing how the submitted work addresses the award criteria.

Application packages (email or hardcopy) should be sent to:
Executive Assistant
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
155 College Street, Suite 754
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8
jcb.ea@utoronto.ca
(416) 978-1906

 

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be drawn from a local panel of experts in ethics and end of life and will be chaired by the JCB Director.

 

All applications will be anonymized before consideration by the Selection Committee, including redacting of covering letters.

 

Should the Selection Committee decide in any given year that none of the nominees sufficiently meets the award criteria, it may opt to not confer the award.

 

Contact

For more information and queries about eligibility, please contact the JCB Director, Jennifer Gibson (jcb.director@utoronto.ca).

 

The Martin McKneally Capstone Project Award - 2018

This award was created on the occasion of Dr. Martin McKneally's retirement to honour his many contributions to the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and, in particular, to the Master of Health Science in Bioethics Program. Dr. McKneally co-created the Practical Bioethics Course (CHL3052H) and its capstone project requirement, and expertly co-directed the course for many years

 

One award will be conferred annually by the MHSc in Bioethics Program associated with the Joint Centre for Bioethics.

 

The recipient of the award will receive a certificate, recognition in The JCB Voice newsletter, and an invitation to present in the JCB Seminar Series.

 

Eligibility

Who is eligible? This award is only available to graduate students who are enrolled in the Master of Health Science in Bioethics program and its Practical Bioethics course (CHL3052H) and who have completed the capstone project for the course.

 

What is eligible? The graduate student's capstone project — the capstone oral presentation together with the final capstone paper.

 

Who Can Nominate

Nominations are not necessary for this award. All completed capstone projects will automatically be considered for the award.

 

Award Criteria

The capstone award criteria will be based on capstone oral and written grading criteria template outlined in the Practical Bioethics course outline. The criteria include but are not limited to:

  • the integration of theory and practice;
  • originality and academic excellence;
  • actual or potential impact on the field.

Deadline for Submission: The capstone oral presentation and the capstone paper are due as per the deadline(s) specified in the Practical Bioethics course outline for that academic year.

 

Nomination Procedure

No nomination package is necessary. Students enrolled in the Practical Bioethics course (CHL3052H) are automatically considered for this award when they complete their capstone oral presentation, and hand in their capstone paper, as per the course deadlines.

 

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will consist of the CHL3052H course director or co-directors.

 

Should the Selection Committee decide in any given year that none of the capstone projects sufficiently meets the award criteria, it may opt to not confer the award.

 

Contact

For more information and queries about eligibility, please contact the JCB Director, Jennifer Gibson (jcb.director@utoronto.ca).