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We have some pretty outstanding students, and we want to celebrate your accomplishments

If you’re a graduate student registered in either the Master of Health Science in Bioethics or the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics, then you might be eligible for one of our JCB Student Awards. Eligibility criteria are listed in the individual awards description. We look forward to receiving your submission packages!

All awards criteria

Deadline for submission: June 9, 2021 (midnight)

Send all completed forms to:

Terry Yuen
JCB Student Awards
Joint Centre for Bioethics
University of Toronto
155 College Street, Suite 754
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8

Or email your awards package to: jcb.ea@utoronto.ca

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 the cover 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 questions about eligibility, please contact Terry Yuen at jcb.ea@utoronto.ca.


→ Larry Librach Prize in Ethics and End of Life Care

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 JCB.

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

Eligibility

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.

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 JCB Director). Only one submission is allowed per applicant. Applicants 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, or medical assistance in dying
  • originality and academic excellence
  • actual or potential impact on the field
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

→ Martin McKneally Capstone Project Award

This award was created on the occasion of Dr. Martin McKneally’s retirement to honour his many contributions to the JCB and, in particular, to the Master of Health Science in Bioethics. 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 associated with the JCB.

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

Eligibility

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.

The graduate student’s capstone project—the capstone oral presentation together with the final capstone paper will be considered for eligibility.

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.


→ Mervis-Simon Family Award in Bioethics

The 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.

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)
  • Application for Departmental OSOTF Award
  • OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form

→ Peter Singer Award in Bioethics

The 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)
  • GSEF Application Form