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S.U.S.A Awards

From supporting those with financial need, to celebrating academic achievement and community engagement, we are committed to recognizing the unique ways in which you contribute to university life.

John O'Neill Award for Teaching Excellence

SUSA presents this award to teaching assistants, contract faculty members and tenure-track faculty members who are chosen by the undergraduate sociology student body for their teaching excellence. SUSA provides information and supplies nomination forms for this award to undergraduate sociology students prior to the end of the winter term. Winners are determined by the SUSA executive based on numbers of nominations and comments made by students.

Larry Lam Prizes


  1. Any sociology major who is a current SUSA member in good standing may be considered for a prize.
  2. A prize will be awarded for eligible students in each of years one, two, and three of the sociology program. Students are required to have completed the year for which they are competing by the end of the winter term. SUSA may withhold any or all of the prizes if no suitable candidate or candidates have applied.
  3. Students considered for a prize must have a minimum GPA of B. Applicants must submit an unofficial copy of their transcript.
  4. Students considered for a prize must submit: a copy of their unofficial transcript; a cover letter of up to three pages double spaced (12 point font), addressing their suitability for the prize, and including contact information for two referees (not letters of reference). At least one referee must be a faculty member or teaching assistant in the sociology department. Applicants can expect their referees to be contacted. The Adjudication Committee reserves the right to interview applicants. Letters are to be addressed to the Larry Lam Prize Adjudication Committee.
  5. The cover letter must include the applicant's full name, student number, phone number, and email address, in addition to the names and contact information for two referees.
  6. The deadline for submission of applications is normally in early March. Please contact SUSA directly to inquire about current deadlines.
  7. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Adjudication Process:

The Adjudication Committee will be comprised of three members of SUSA's Executive Committee, SUSA's faculty advisor, and Awards and Scholarship Committee in the Department of Sociology or faculty chosen by the Awards and Scholarship Committee.

Recipients are announced in April.