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Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) Award

Award type: 
Award description: 

The Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) Award is given annually to a graduate student who shows a strong commitment to their development as a university teacher and demonstrates the highest achievement on completion of the CUT program.  Joint administered by the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA), this award also publicly recognizes the importance and value of teaching development efforts by the University of Waterloo's graduate students who, through their various instructional roles, contribute to the quality of undergraduate education at Waterloo. Funding for this annual award is provided by the GSPA.

Eligibility & selection criteria: 

The Award recipient is selected by the middle of April (at the very latest) among graduate students who completed the Certificate in University Teaching program in the previous three terms (based on the fiscal year ending in April). The award recipient must either be actively registered in a graduate degree program or have graduated during the same fiscal year (May 1- April 30) as the year of eligibility.

The following criteria are used to select the recipient of the CUT award:

  • evidence of continuous improvement and growth as a university teacher during participation in the program (e.g., incorporating feedback received during first teaching observation into the second teaching observation)
  • evidence of critical reflection on teaching practice (e.g., thoughtful teaching dossier supported by relevant evidence)
Masters, Doctoral
Open to any program
Canadian/Permanent resident, International/study permit student
Selection process: 
Student selected automatically by Faculty/Department
Contact person:
  • Other
Contact detail: 

Please contact the Centre for Teaching Excellence for further information regarding this award.