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Every year, one student from each faculty is presented with a Co-op Student of the Year Award for exceptional contributions to one or more of their work term employers. These awards take place towards the end of the winter term and celebrate student achievements from the winter, spring and fall terms of the previous calendar year.
If you’ve made an exceptional contribution to one or more of your work term employers in 2018, you could be eligible for a 2018 Co-op Student of the Year Award (ceremony held in March 2019). You must be currently registered as a Waterloo student and preferably have an academic term at Waterloo in either Winter or Spring 2018.
Receive a gift certificate redeemable at Waterloo's Retail Services.
Receive a framed recognition plaque.
Have a personal photograph taken, which will appear with an article about your award and will be presented in various university publications.
Names of the year's recipients of the award will be displayed on a plaque and mounted on the award wall on the ground level of the Tatham Centre.
Two names chosen by the selection committee from the recipients of the Waterloo award will be submitted to the Education at Work Ontario (EWO) and Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada 2018 Co-op Student of the Year Awards.
We are now accepting nominations for Winter and Spring 2018 work terms. For more information, please reach out to Brent Thornhill, one of our Co-op Student Experience Managers.
Thank you for your interest!
You can apply and nominate yourself
A co-op employer can nominate you
A fellow student, faculty member or Waterloo staff can nominate you
Up-to-date résumé (this must include your most current unofficial Waterloo transcript and WaterlooWorks work history)
Personal statement (1 - 2 pages, single spaced, maximum length of 900 words)
Explain why you should win the Student of the Year Award (include how you performed above and beyond your employer's expectations and your job description)
Format the statement so that each of the judging criteria (see below) is addressed under its own heading
Translate technical information into language that anyone can understand. People without knowledge of your background may be reviewing the statement. They should be able to appreciate the meaning and significance of your accomplishments in order to make a fair assessment.
A supporting statement from one or more of your 2018 employers (up to 1 page, maximum length of 500 words)
Supporting statement (up to 1 page, maximum length of 500 words) from one or more of your 2018 co-op employers describing:
The outstanding contribution you made to the employer (i.e., saved a phenomenal amount of money, discovered a new process, etc.)
How the student performed above and beyond your employer's expectations and your job description
Examples of your integrity in the workplace
Employer's supporting statement can be submitted as part of the package of documents you are providing or, if your employer prefers, they can email it to one of our co-op student experience managers (name and email address shown above)
Please submit only the documents requested above.
Only nominees with completed application packages will be considered for the award.
If your employer is recommending you for this award, we only need your name along with your employer’s supporting statement. We will contact you to ask for your résumé, records, and personal statement.
You, as the applicant, must agree to allow Co-operative Education to use your name, profile, and photograph for publication and promotional purposes.
Nomination deadlines for Waterloo's 2018 Co-op Student of the Year Award
Winter 2018 work term nomination deadline
October 30, 2018
Spring 2018 work term nomination deadline
October 30, 2018
Fall 2018 work term nomination deadline
January 2, 2019
Evaluations received from your employer should ideally be outstanding for at least one work term in the award year and preferably at least excellent in other work terms of the award year (15 pts.)
Contribution to employer, especially above and beyond the job description (15 pts.)
Academic achievements (minimum 75 per cent overall average) (10 pts.)
Contribution to co-op (5 pts.)
This refers to what you've done to promote co-operative education. In the past students have mentioned helping other co-op students to improve their résumés, giving a presentation on co-op education to their company's management while on a work term, volunteering to talk to potential students about co-op at Waterloo open houses, sitting on the Co-op Student Council or if in Engineering on EngSoc, returning to their high school to talk to classes about co-op and Waterloo, etc.
Volunteer and or community involvement (5 pts.)
A group of Co-operative Education staff, co-op students and the FEDS Vice-President, Education review the applications for the award and select a recipient from each faculty. If an insufficient number of applicants are received from any faculty, or if applicants aren’t suitable, no prize will be awarded to a student from that faculty. The decision of the selection committee is final and may not be appealed.
Waterloo Co-op Student of the Year Award winners may be nominated by the decision committee for the following awards:
The recipient of the CEWIL Canada award is chosen from post-secondary co-op students nation-wide based on their standing in the following areas:
Workplace achievements (including mostly Outstanding ratings on work term evaluations)
Academic achievements (80 per cent average or above)
Contribution to the community and extra-curricular activity
Contribution to co-operative education
For more information about this award, please visit the CEWIL Canada Website.
Nominees are selected and submitted to CEWIL Canada by the student's school.
The recipient of the EWO award is chosen from post-secondary co-op students attending Ontario universities based on the same criteria as the CEWIL Canada award. The recipient of the EWO award will be presented with a certificate and $500.
Nominees are selected and submitted to EWO by the student's school.
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