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The TAGSA Award for Best Conference Session Led by a Graduate Student was established in 2013 by the Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) that recognizes a graduate student who facilitates the best conference student-led session at the annual STLHE conference.

Eligibility: Graduate students (including TAGSA members) who are currently enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program at a post-secondary institution or who were enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program at a post-secondary institution in the most recent academic year.

    • Listed as the first author on their conference presentation.
    • Presenting at the STLHE conference or TAGSA Pre-conference.
    • Graduate student members of the award adjudication committee are not eligible.

Application Process: Graduate students (including TAGSA members) who have had a proposal accepted to the STLHE conference or TAGSA Pre-conference and who are interested in being considered for the « TAGSA Award for Best Conference Session Led by a Graduate Student » must submit an application to the Chair of the TAGSA SIG via email (directions below) that includes:

Graduate Studies Status:
Conference Session Title and Abstract:
Language(s) of Presentation:
In submitting this information, the submitter confirms his/her eligibility for this award.

E-mail Submission and Deadline: Submissions should be sent with “TAGSA Award for Best Conference Session Led by a Graduate Student” in the subject line no later than 10 June 2016 to tagsa@stlhe.ca. Adjudication criteria will be forwarded to each applicant before the conference.

Award: At the conference, members of the TAGSA Awards Committee will circulate among the sessions of presenters who asked to be considered for the award in order to adjudicate the sessions. The award will be presented at the closing of the STLHE conference. The award, which is sponsored by the STLHE and the conference organizers, includes a certificate, reimbursement of all conference registration fees, acknowledgement on the STLHE website and in the STLHE newsletter, a one-year complimentary membership to TAGSA, and a one year complimentary membership to STLHE to recognize the contribution the award winner makes to teaching and learning in post-secondary education.

For enquiries about the award, please contact tagsa@stlhe.ca.


2017 – Alyona Koulanova and Aryel Maharaj, Masters students, University of Toronto Scarborough. Session: « Fit-breaks: A Physical Activity-Based Intervention for the University Classroom. »
2016 – William Albabish, PhD candidate, University of Guelph. Use of cadaveric, dissection-based specimens and digital based audio-visual modules to supplement ‘traditionally’ taught patient-care skills for Emergency Healthcare Providers.
2015 – Hélène Meunier, PhD candidate, Université du Québèc à Montréal. Le portfolio: un outil d’évaluation pour la formation des maîtres / The portfolio: an assessment tool for teacher training.
2014 – Betsy Keating, PhD candidate, Faculty of Education and Academic Development at the University of Windsor. “Not a “Real” Teacher: Undergraduate TAs’ Conceptions of Teaching ».
2013Nathan J Lachowsky, a PhD candidate Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. « Student Perception of their Learning in a First-Year Seminar. A comparison of three modes of course delivery »