Criteria and scoring for the Waterloo award
Note: The criteria for the Waterloo Co-op Student of the Year Awards were updated in 2019 to align with the criteria of CEWIL Canada's Co-op Student of the Year Award.
- Impact on employer (30 pts) includes:
- Outstanding work achievemments above and beyond the job description (cost savings, process/quality improvements, design/development innovations, improved customer service, significant research or other initiatives, etc.)
- Duties or opportunities that were assigned to you in addition to typical work responsibilities because you performed above your employer's expectations
- Evaluations received from your employer should ideally include an outstanding for at least one work term in the award year and at least excellent in other work terms of the award year
- Impact on self (30 pts) includes:
- Reasons why you participated in co-op and why you are happy you did
- How co-operative education has enhanced your personal, academic, and career development
- The impact your co-operative education experience has had on your understanding of your program of study
- How co-operative education has improved your confidence as a developing professional and motivated you further
- Impact on institution (30 pts) includes:
- How you've helped promote co-operative education to peers or academic units
- Examples of how you've helped other students succeed in co-op
- Examples of how you've used workplace learning or professional connections to enrich learning back on campus
- Academic achievements - minimum 75 per cent overall average (10 pts)
Please note that all decisions made by the selection committee are considered final and may not be appealed.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Brent Thornhill, one of our Co-op Student Experience Managers.