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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 2019, you could be eligible for a 2019 Co-op Student of the Year Award (ceremony held in March 2020). You must be currently registered as a Waterloo student and preferably have an academic term at Waterloo in either Winter or Spring 2019.
Receive a gift certificate redeemable at the University's W-Store.
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.
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 2019 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 2019 co-op employers describing:
Your impact on the workplace
Outstanding work achievements (cost savings, process/quality improvements, design/development innovations, improved customer service, significant research or other initiatives, etc.
Duties or opportunities that were assigned to the student in addition to typical work responsibilities because you performed above expectations
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 2019 work term nomination deadline
July 15, 2019
Spring 2019 work term nomination deadline
October 27, 2019
Fall 2019 work term nomination deadline
January 5, 2020
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.)
A group of Co-operative Education staff, co-op students and the Feds Co-op Affairs Commissioner 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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