Albert Lager Prize for Student Initiative Award

The Albert Lager Prize for Student Initiative Awards is an award designed by the Alumni Association to recognize current students who provide outstanding support, leadership and community involvement/service to their Faculty, Program or to McMaster University.

Visit the Albert Lager Prize Archive to see past recipients of the award.

2017 McMaster Albert Lager Award Recipients

2016 McMaster Albert Lager Award Recipients 


2015 McMaster Albert Lager Award Recipients

Audrey Tan ‘16

Audrey Tan is entering her final year, pursuing a double-major in health studies and gerontology, a minor in French and a Business Studies certificate. Her many volunteer roles include a volunteer placement with the Hamilton Council on Aging and serving as a resident visitor at Shalom Village. A past ambassador for the Office of Experiential Education and president of the Health, Aging and Society Student Association, Audrey is also the student director and founder of All That Glitters, a fundraising event for Hamilton’s Native Women’s Centre and Atzin Mexico. Her achievements have been recognized with the Edward Jenkins Scholarships for academic achievement and community involvement, the Saturn of Hamilton East Community Contribution Award, the Susan Farley Scholarship, the University Senate Scholarship and the Harry Lyman Hooker Scholarship. Audrey is a Research Assistant for Professor Geraldine Voros in the Department of Health, Aging and Society and received an Undergraduate Student Research Award for this summer to explore ageism in children’s literature.

Elyse Rosa ’10 ’16

Elyse Rosa is in her fifth year of the McMaster Integrative Neuroscience Discovery & Study (MiNDS) graduate program. A PhD candidate, her academic and research awards include the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Program Excellence Award, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology and the McMaster University Psychiatry Research Day Best Poster Award. Elyse has been a tremendous leader within her program, serving as the MiNDS High School Co-op Program leader and as a member of the MiNDS Outreach Committee, MiNDS Colloquium Committee and MiNDS Symposium Committee. She has been a volunteer competition question writer with the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee and served as a volunteer with Brain Awareness Week, the All Science Challenge and Ronald McDonald House.

Katrina Pullia ‘15

Katrina Pullia, who is graduating with a degree in biology and psychology, was the vice-president and one of the founding members of the McMaster G.E.E.K. Squad, a club for students interested in video games, comics and pop culture. The club was named the MSU’s New Club of the Year. Katrina has also been a child life assistant with McMaster Children’s Hospital and co-president and previously an executive member of the McMaster BioPsych Society. She served as a representative to the Inter-Residence Council and a member of the planning committee for NeuroXchange, an undergraduate neuroscience conference. She has also developed a significant track record as an undergraduate researcher including serving as a student investigator on the Adolescent Problem Solving Study.

Tristan Paul ‘15

Tristan Paul, who is graduating from political science, has been an executive member of MacBeat, a club for musicians, and served on the Senate Committee for Student Affairs, but he devoted most of his time to the McMaster Students Union (MSU) and McMaster Social Sciences Society (MSSS). Tristan served in multiple roles with the MSSS, culminating in his presidency of the organization. With the MSU, he was elected three times to the Student Representative Assembly and served, at various times, as operations commissioner and campus affairs coordinator and was a member of the Presidents Council, External Affairs Committee, Operations Committee, Academic Affairs Council and MUSC Board of Management. He also played key roles with the Horizons Conference and the Creating Leadership Amongst Youth (CLAY) conference.

Victoria Tweedie ‘15

Victoria Tweedie, a new graduate in integrated science with a concentration in earth and environmental sciences, has played key roles with the McMaster Science Society including serving as a first-year and second-year coordinator, Welcome Week representative, vice-president of finance, Graduation Scholarship Committee chair and president. She was on the McMaster Students Union’s First-Year Council and subsequently joined the Horizons Special Errands Team, the Finance Standing Committee, the Financial Affairs Council, the Emergency First Response Team Advisory Committee, the Creating Leadership Amongst Youth (CLAY) Conference and the Presidents Council. She was also a Student Representative Assembly member for Science. Victoria has been a member of the Science Career Advisory Council and a volunteer with both the Synthesis Interdisciplinary Symposium and the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair.

Award Eligibility


(a) are being recognized for volunteer service, not a paid position;
(b) have completed a minimum of one full year of volunteer service;
(c) are currently enrolled in full-time or part-time studies at McMaster;
(d) are not a previous recipient of the award, as students are only eligible to receive one Albert Lager Award in their academic career.

The contributions of the nominee should encompass one, or a combination of, the following:

(a) Significant contributions to their faculty, program or the University and its students;

(b) Improvement of the quality of student life;
(c) Outstanding leadership on committees or university affairs;
(d) Support and service to the McMaster Alumni Association.

All nominations must include the name and contact information of at least one faculty, staff or committee chairperson reference. It is strongly recommended that those nominations submitted by student peers be accompanied by a letter of support from a faculty or staff member.

Awards Presentation

Students selected will be recognized at the Alumni Gallery & MAA Awards Induction Ceremony held in early June.

To submit a nomination for the Albert Lager Prize for Student Initiative Award, please download our Student Nomination Form
 (right click link & select 'Open Link in New Tab') and submit by email, fax, or mail to:

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