Achieving inclusive academic excellence

Mobilizing and reinforcing exceptional graduate student experiences.


Creating knowledge and skills

Taking graduate students beyond traditional degree outcomes and supporting them as scholars to be global contributors prepared for a variety of career paths.


Rejuvenating relationships 

Emboldening and activating USask’s internal and external graduate community.

Established in memory of Kelly Clement (1979-2021)

...your leadership, wisdom and friendship has left a significant impression on all of us.


The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers this award annually. The intent behind this award is to recognize the work and contributions of both CGPS staff and staff in other units. As such, the award will not be awarded to a CGPS staff member more than once every four years.

The recipient's name will be engraved on the wall plaque located in front of the CGPS's office and receives a certificate of recognition in addition to being recognized at CGPS Graduate Council and in other USask media or events. The award may not be awarded every year.  

All USask staff members currently employed (as of August 31st of the nomination year) on a full or part-time basis are eligible for the Clement Employee Service Award. Recipients of the award are not eligible to be nominated a second time.


Students, alumni, faculty, Graduate Chairs, or administrative staff may submit nominations. A call for nominations will be made annually in the fall term. Completed nomination packages will include a nomination form (available on the CGPS website), one nomination letter (maximum two pages in length), and two letters of support (each a maximum of one page). Nomination packages must be emailed to by the posted deadline.


The selection committee, established by the Dean, CGPS, will review nominations using the criteria described above. The selection committee will forward its recommendation to the Dean, CGPS, who will make the final decision.


Annually November 30th

Eligibility examples

  • Consistent excellence in job performance, providing exceptional service to graduate students, faculty, and fellow staff alike
  • Demonstration of commitment to their department, program, unit, or the wider CGPS by regularly performing services beyond the requirements of their job responsibilities
  • Contribution to a positive and productive work and learning environment
  • A willingness to share their knowledge, skills, and experience with others, always offering to lend a helping hand
  • Community building amongst graduate students or staff who support graduate students
  • Fostering an environment either at the unit or institutional level that improves, enhances, or strengthens some aspect of the graduate student experience; is committed to making the university experience a positive one for all students
  • Development or enhancement of materials or processes for the benefit of the graduate student community
  • Seeks out opportunities to grow and learn, taking initiative to direct their own professional development as it relates to their role