Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Agronomist Award is given to a duly nominated member of 15 years or more of regular membership plus appropriate credits as stated by the nominators. This award will be for a member who is nearing retirement age or who has retired. The CSA may award a Distinguished Service Award to a member upon his retirement from active work according to the following provisions:

  1. Candidate must have been a member of the CSA with at least 15 years standing.
  2. Candidate must have a distinguished record of service to the CSA and in the field of agronomy.
  3. A Fellow of the CSA may be nominated for a Distinguished Service Award.
  4. The Distinguished Service Award shall be made at the AGM of the CSA and the recipient will be given a suitably inscribed plaque, a 30 minute speaking slot at the AGM/Conference and Conference registration.
  5. CSA will endeavor to publicize this award.
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Eligibility of nominators

Nominations may be made by any active member of CSA who has had continuous active membership in CSA for at least five years. A member may nominate only one person for each award in a given year.
No candidate will be eligible for both a Fellowship and a Distinguished Agronomist award in the same year. The CSA, at the recommendation of the Awards and Recognition Committee, may award more or less than one Fellowship and Distinguished Service Award in a given year.

Eligibility of nominees

Nominees must:

  1. be active members of CSA;
  2. have had continuing (not necessarily successive years) active membership in CSA for at least fifteen years; and
  3. have been actively engaged in research, teaching, extension, or administration or some combination thereof, in Canada for at least twenty years. The nominee’s total contributions need not have been made in Canada. Research, teaching, extension, and/or administrative contributions from other
    geographic location(s) will be considered.

Service to CSA is an important consideration, but is not a primary selection criterion. A member can only receive a given Award once, but, in a career, a member may qualify for all three awards (Early-Career Agronomist, Fellowship and Distinguished Agronomist).

Current members of the Awards Committee are ineligible for nomination.

Nomination Procedure

Follow the format as outlined at the bottom of this page. The nomination and letters of recommendation should be sent by email in a standard electronic format to the Chair of the Awards Committee or the CSA Executive Director.

Each application must contain:

  1. the nomination and
  2. two supporting letters. Each supporting letter should be sent directly to the Chair of the Awards Committee or the CSA Executive Director.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is April 15 of the nominating year unless there is a general notification of an alternate deadline.

Preparation of the best nomination possible for a distinguished colleague is a compliment to both the nominee and the nominator and it provides the maximum possibility that the nominee will be selected to receive the award. Obtaining the assistance of the nominee in supplying information is permissible and should improve the accuracy and completeness of the documentation. Clearly identifying and evaluating the nominee’s contributions are the most important parts of the nomination because the nominees will be ranked primarily on this basis.

The Awards Committee may contact the Nominator or the authors of the letter or reference for clarification or elaboration of the information provided.

Selections made by the Awards Committee are final and are not appealable.

Distinguished Service Award Nomination Format

TITLE: Entitle the document, “Nomination of _________________for the Distinguished Agronomist Award”, inserting in the blank, the name of the nominee.
NOMINEE: Include the typewritten name, mail address (with postal code), telephone number (with area code), and Email.
NOMINATOR: Include the typewritten name, signature, mailing address (with postal code), telephone number (with area code), and Email.

  1. Personal achievements, recognitions, and service
    1. Degrees received.Give field, date, and institution for each degree.
    2. Professional positions held.Give years, organizations, and locations.
    3. Membership in honorary academic societies.
    4. Membership in professional societies.
    5. Honors and awards received since baccalaureate degrees.(Do not include service functions in honorary organizations.)
    6. Service to CSA.
      1. Appointed positions
      2. Elected positions
      3. Other service
    7. Other service.(Significant committee work or service in other societies.)
  2. Professional achievements in agronomy(This section should be limited to 2 pages.)Describe achievements, only in the areas listed below, in which the nominee has made significant contributions. Be sure to indicate which of these activities you consider to be the most outstanding.
    1. Teaching/Extension/Industrial Education Achievements in (1) communicating ideas clearly, (2) influencing attitudes or motivating favorable action, to a significant degree, with students or clients. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of publications supporting the nominee’s
    2. Investigative Competence Significance and originality of basic and applied research contributions and evidence of creative reasoning and skill in obtaining significant data. Evaluate quality and effectiveness of research publications.
    3. Service (Significant service to the profession in universities, foundations, associations, communities, commercial organizations, etc. DO NOT repeat information listed in 1 H).

    Development or improvement of significant program practices or products in agronomy.
    Significance, originality, and acceptance by the public. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of
    publications to support the significance of the program practices or products.

  3. Leadership Evidence of creativeness and effectiveness of scientific or administrative activities within or outside Canada.
  • Summary
    1. Nominator’s submittal letter.Summarize in a half page or less, the most significant personal and professional achievements which you believe qualify the nominee to be a Distinguished Agronomist in the Society. Critically evaluate the impact of the nominee’s contributions to science, education, the agricultural community, the general public. This should include impacts on social, economic or environmental well-being, regionally, nationally or internationally.
    2. Supporting letters.A maximum of three (3) supporting letters, of about one printed page each in length, will be considered. It is important to keep letters concise. Supporting letters should be sent electronically directly to the Chair of the Awards Committee. Members of the Awards Committee and members of the CSA Executive Committee are not eligible to write supporting letters.
    3. Professional publications.On one sheet, give the total number (not the titles) of professional publications in each of the following categories: (a) books written; (b) books or other publications edited; (c) chapters of books; (d) technical papers; (e) patents; (f) invited lectures and (g) other related oral, written, visual presentations, or products. On a second sheet, list only the six (6) most significant publications, patents, and presentations or products in literature citation form, with a brief (3-4 sentence) description of the contribution that each provides to science, the agricultural community, or the general public. Do not include reprints.