The PhD program in Business Administration at DeGroote offers students the opportunity to study and conduct leading-edge research with some of the top researchers in their fields. Students develop the theoretical and methodological expertise required to create original research that makes a significant impact on the business community.

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PhD Awards and Prizes

Business Administration PhD Program Scholarship in the field of Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources – Value: $8000

Established in 2013 for Business Administration PhD Program students in the field of Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources. To be awarded by the School of Graduate Studies based on the recommendation of the Associate Dean, (Graduate Studies and Research), in consultation with the Human Resources and Management Area Chair, in the Faculty of Business, to a student who has achieved high academic standing. Eligible students are required to have completed their course work and passed their comprehensive examination.

  • 2019 – Mojan Naisani Samani
  • 2018 – Hamsa Gururaj
  • 2017 – Minghui Cheng
  • 2016 – Megan Murphy

Historical list of winners coming soon!

Sandra M. Stephens Memorial Award for Global Research Leaders – Value: $2000

Established in 2018 in memory of Sandra Marie Stephens, who offered tremendous support for both local and international PhD students during her tenure at the DeGroote School of Business. To be awarded by the School of Graduate Studies based on the recommendation of the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, in consultation with the Ph.D. Advisory Committee, in the Faculty of Business, to a student who displays global interest through, but not limited to, collection of primary data from overseas and/ or collaboration with international co-authors.

The Norm Archer Endowed Prize – Value: $1,000

Established in 2002 by Professor Archer’s PhD students and the Faculty of Business, in honour of Professor Archer’s outstanding contribution to this students at the DeGroote School of Business. To be awarded to a student entering level 3 of the PhD program in Business Administration in the fields of Management Science or Information Systems who, in the judgment of the DeGroote School of Business, has demonstrated the highest degree of commitment, excellence and integrity in scholarship, in both courses taken and in research. The prize will be awarded at the discretion of the awards committee and may not be awarded annually.

Robert C. Joyner Doctoral Student Publication Prize – Value: $250

Established in 1993 in honour of Dr. Robert C. Joyner, Dean of the Faculty of Business from 1974-1979, under whose leadership the doctoral program was initiated. To be awarded annually to a student in the doctoral program in Business Administration who, in the judgment of the awards committee, publishes or has accepted for publication the best research paper in that year.

Community Engagement Student Leadership Award – Value: $250

This annual award recognizes students in the PhD program in Business Administration at the DeGroote School of Business. The award recipient will be a student who has demonstrated commitment to activities at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster and in the broader community since the start of the program. Nominees must highlight their engagement activities and explain to the awarding committee how they have made significant contributions to improving the community. These students lead and engage in activities and services that are not required as part of their professional duties as a PhD student. Examples of community engagement activities include participating on a faculty or university-wide committee or through external volunteer activities in the wider community.

Students from all fields and levels of the program are eligible to be faculty, peer, or self-nominated and they are encouraged to begin early in the program to make a larger impact. Nominees will complete a one-page detailed explanation of their community engagement and include their current CV. The award recipient will be determined by the awards committee and the award will be presented at the annual PhD award recognition event.

Academic Leadership Award – Value: $250

This annual award recognizes students in the PhD program in Business Administration at the DeGroote School of Business. This prize will be awarded to students who show initiative in an academic context through leadership roles at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster and in the broader community since the start of the program. Nominees must demonstrate their leadership by illustrating the importance of the contributions to the academic environment whether it is to their specific field of study, to the school, or to the academic community as a whole. Examples of leadership initiatives include organizing an event or conference for their respective field and developing collaborations across interdisciplinary fields to reach an ultimate goal.

Students from all fields and all levels of the program are eligible to be faculty, peer, or self-nominated and they are encouraged to begin early in the program to make a larger impact. Nominees will complete a one-page detailed explanation of their leadership activities and include their current CV. The award recipient will be determined by the awards committee and the award will be presented at the annual PhD award recognition event.

Best PhD Student Instructor Award

Established in 2019, this annual award recognizes students working towards a PhD in the Business Administration program at the DeGroote School of Business, in any discipline, for demonstrated excellence in teaching. The award will be given to the PhD student instructor who has most demonstrated: both effectiveness as a teacher and the ability to enrich the learning experiences of undergraduate or graduate students through thoughtful and innovative incorporation of scholarship into their teaching methodology; and commitment to creativity and fostering a sense of discovery in the design and delivery of their courses. The award recipient will be determined by the Faculty Committee of Instruction. The award, in the form of a certificate, will be presented at the annual PhD award recognition event.

  • 2019 –
    • Best PhD Student Undergraduate Instructor Award, Efthymios Nikolakopoulos 
    • Best PhD Student Graduate Instructor Award, Nour EL Shamy
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