Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student


The Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student (AETS) awards are open to all students who have a formal teaching role at the University of Waterloo. Up to four awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in teaching of all kinds by registered students (e.g., teaching assistant, laboratory demonstrator, sessional lecturer). The Selection Committee considers intellectual vigour and communication skills in the interpretation and presentation of subject matter. Concern for and sensitivity to the academic need of the students is an important criterion.

Award: Each award consists of:

  • Approximately $1,000.00
  • A certificate.

Congratulations to the 2024 recipients of the AETS!

How to nominate a student

To be considered for the award, a nominee must be endorsed by at least five individuals, including present and past students of the nominee, and present and past faculty supervisors of the nominee (a supervisor could be the thesis supervisor or the instructor who worked with the TA). A minimum of three of the individuals endorsing the nominee must be past or present students of the nominee. 

If the nomination is endorsed by a group of students from the same class who wish to write a joint nomination form (with or without a separate supporting letter), this would count as one endorsement. For a nomination to be considered,  AETS committee needs to receive a minimum of 4 additional completed nomination forms (at least 2 of them from students) in order to meet the 5 letters minimum requirement.

Deadline: The nomination deadline is February 7, 2025. Committee deliberations take place in February/March.

To nominate a student, submit a completed nomination form by email to no later than 4:30 pm on February 7, 2025.

Selection Committee: Appointed by Senate, membership comprises:

  • three undergraduate students
  • two graduate students
  • two members of Faculty (including the Teaching Resource Person)
  • Associate Provost of Graduate Studies (Chair)

Past winners of the Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student.