Excellence in Research Award

This award recognizes a faculty member whose program of research demonstrates the potential to impact patient, provider and system outcomes as well as the discipline of nursing. 


The Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Excellence in Research Award is open to all faculty members including professoriate, instructors and postdoctoral in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.

Nomination Process

Nominations are welcomed from any students and faculty members from any University of Calgary faculty as well as preceptors. The nominee must agree to the nomination.

A completed nomination form must be accompanied by one signed letter of reference which may be from the nominator.

Only completed nominations will be accepted (see the nomination form for details). If your nomination is missing any of the supporting documentation, it will be returned to you for completion if there is time. 

Use Criteria with Examples

We strongly encourage you to explicitly incorporate the criteria of the specific award with clear examples for each criteria when writing your letter of nomination or support. This not only assists you, as nominator, to highlight the important and relevant attributes of your nominee, it gives the selection committee very clear details about the qualifications of the candidate with examples of their achievements, and enhances the overall nomination.

Reference the Correct Award and Category

We know many people are asked to submit letters of support for deserving nominees for a Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Award. We also recognize that many of you write multiple letters for the same person for different awards. We, therefore, ask you to please carefully proofread your letter so that you are making reference to supporting your nominee for a Pursuit of Excellence award ONLY (not a U Make a Difference, a President’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership, etc).

While referring to another award may not disqualify your candidate, it does not reflect positively on your commitment to the nomination for a Pursuit of Excellence Award in the Faculty of Nursing.


  • Advocates for tangible change in health care (or associated field such as education) through an innovative program of research
  • Actively links their research to education and practice
  • Leads and collaborates with others
  • Engages stakeholders and partners throughout the research process

We strongly encourage you to use the criteria to craft your letter of nomination. Adherence to the criteria of the award enhances the overall nomination.

Award Selection Process

The Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Awards Committee will review all nominations and selects the candidate they feel best exemplifies the criteria for the award.

Given the wide range of potential nominees in this category, each nomination will be considered based on its merits within the group represented (eg. a postdoctoral nomination will be reviewed relative to expectations of the work of a postdoctoral fellow).

The number of nominations an individual receives may favourably impact the outcome. If the committee feels there is no clear choice, they may choose not to give an award in this category.

In the event a member of the committee is nominated for an award, the member will excuse himself/herself from deliberations for this award.

Additionally, no committee member may support a nomination with a letter of reference.

Because the Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Awards are a renaming of the Covenant Health Faculty of Nursing Awards, no previous recipient may be nominated. Visit our website for reference.