Welcome to Students’ Union Clubs! There are over 300 student clubs on campus with interests ranging from Academics to Sustainability, and everything in between. Get involved, meet friends, and enhance your student life at the University of Calgary. The Students’ Union believes that student organizations provide undergraduate students at the University of Calgary unique opportunities to engage with their community, their school, and each other. Get involved today!

Club Awards

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Club Awards Winners!

Club of the Year: African-Caribbean Student Association

Advocacy: Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club

Alumni: Indian Students’ Association

Best New Club: U of C Creative Writing Circle

Campus Pride: Humans of UCalgary

Collaboration: UC Baking Club

Community Service: Orphan Sponsorship Program

First Year Engagement: Biology Students’ Association

Innovation: Autism Awareness Club University of Calgary

LOVE: Nigerian Students’ Association

Student Life: UC Dance Company

Sustainability: Light Up the World! UofC




Advocacy

If Student Organizations are good at one thing it’s championing important social or political causes, but it takes passionate executives, volunteers, and members to be successful. The winner of this award has provided opportunities for students to take up an important issue or cause which aims to make a difference in the lives of students at the University of Calgary. Whether or not they were successful in their advocacy, this club relentlessly pursued their goal of offering opportunities for students to affect lasting positive change in our community and beyond.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club
  • 2018-2019 – Reforming Education on Drugs
  • 2017-2018 – Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club
  • 2016-2017 – Shakespeare & Co. Literary Assoc.
  • 2015-2016 – Distress Centre on Campus
  • 2014-2015 – Distress Centre on Campus
  • 2013-2014 – Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club
  • 2012-2013 – Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
  • 2011-2012 – Students for a Free Tibet
  • 2010-2011 – Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Students’ Association

Future Alumni Network’s SU Club Award for Alumni Engagement 

(Sponsored by UCalgary Alumni)

This award is presented to an SU Club that demonstrates meaningful and sustained engagement with alumni as part of club activities. This club and its members maintain communication with alumni beyond a single engagement opportunity, demonstrating to students the value of building lasting relationships with alumni as part of their university experience. This club also utilizes support provided by UCalgary Alumni staff members across campus to foster support and new opportunities for alumni participation. Tell us how your club is helping to build a community of students and alumni and how it has added value to your club’s experience.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – Indian Students’ Association
  • 2018-2019 – Faculty of Arts Students’ Association
  • 2017-2018 – Own It Institute of Canada
  • 2016-2017 – Society of Undergraduates in Economics
  • 2015-2016 – Students of the Arts and Sciences Honours Academy
  • 2014-2015 – Faculty of Arts Students’ Association
  • 2013-2014 – Rundle Group of Geology
  • 2012-2013 – Society of Undergraduates in Economics
  • 2011-2012 – Filipino Students’ Association
  • 2010-2011 – Engineering Students’ Society

Best New Club

Despite the diverse range of interests existing SU Clubs represent, students may see a need to develop a niche activity or new group within the Clubs family. For this reason many students take it upon themselves to start a club with like-minded peers. The winner of this award has created a thriving organization, filling a niche on campus and launching their club. Within their first year they have excelled at recruiting members, hosting events, and managing their affairs in order to establish themselves as a lasting fixture of our campus community

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – U of C Creative Writing Circle
  • 2018-2019 – African-Caribbean Student Association
  • 2017-2018 – Bouldering Club
  • 2016-2017 – Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy
  • 2015-2016 – Women in Business
  • 2014-2015 – Bear Necessities Calgary
  • 2013-2014 – Oxfam Calgary – University of Calgary Chapter
  • 2012-2013 – The British Club
  • 2011-2012 – Women in Leadership
  • 2010-2011 – Japanese Students’ Association

Campus Pride (Sponsored by Leadership and Student Engagement, U of C)

For the club that demonstrates the most campus pride and involvement across campus. This club visibly celebrates our campus, and promotes a spirit of wellness, community and a place where students can use their strengths and talents. This includes engaging in cross programming and collaborative efforts outside the SU (including faculties, with Student Service departments, the Dinos or on projects that meet the University’s Eyes High goals), or with other clubs. Tell us about your efforts in building pride in the U of C and why it’s important to your club. Please also provide some examples of how you have achieved this in the past. Please provide examples and highlight for us how you plan to continue these efforts should you receive this award.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – Humans of UCalagary
  • 2018-2019 – UCalgary Fashion Network
  • 2017-2018 – Humans of UCalgary
  • 2016-2017 – Model United Nations Team
  • 2015-2016 – Schulich UAV
  • 2014-2015 – Distress Centre on Campus
  • 2013-2014 – UC Cheer
  • 2012-2013 – UC Cheer
  • 2011-2012 – Queers on Campus
  • 2010-2011 – Spread the Love

Club of the Year

The Students’ Union believes that student organizations are an invaluable part of the undergraduate student experience at the University of Calgary. Students are encouraged to form and administer sustainable and financially responsible clubs that practice good governance and create an inclusive, respectful, and fun environment. The winner of this award has been exceptionally successful in most, if not all, other award categories. They have demonstrated exceptional effort improving the quality of student life and education through strong leadership, community service, and advocacy in sustainable, innovative ways, engaging all members of the campus community and beyond. They really are the bee’s knees.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – Africa-Caribbean Student Association
  • 2018-2019 – Biology Students’ Association
  • 2017-2018 – Reforming Education on Drugs
  • 2016-2017 – Mental Health Awareness
  • 2015-2016 – Model United Nations Team
  • 2014-2015 – Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club
  • 2013-2014 – Distress Centre on Campus
  • 2012-2013 – Women in Leadership
  • 2011-2012 – Translation Association
  • 2010-2011 – Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy Students’ Association

Collaboration

The SU encourages student organizations to collaborate among one another. The winner of this award has demonstrated excellence in their endeavors to extend their events beyond their own membership, thereby encouraging greater participation within the campus community. Their collaborations with other SU Clubs have led to greater cultural, social, and individual understanding of issues, creating a more welcoming, open, and diverse ethos among University of Calgary undergraduates.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – UC Baking Club
  • 2018-2019 – Do It Yourself Club
  • 2017-2018 – UC Baking Club
  • 2016-2017 – Bike Root
  • 2015-2016 – Mental Health Awareness
  • 2014-2015 – Faculty of Arts Students’ Association
  • 2013-2014 – European Council
  • Introduced in 2013

Community Service

Many clubs exist explicitly to provide community services. Giving back to the wider community is woven into the fiber of the club’s mandate and existence. The winner of this award has demonstrated outstanding commitment to this mandate, participating in or planning events that benefit the community as a whole. Through fundraising, volunteering, and awareness campaigns, this club has directly improved the quality of life within their community and enhanced student life in the process.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – Orphan Sponsorship Program
  • 2018-2019 – Orphan Sponsorship Program
  • 2017-2018 – Bear Necessities
  • 2016-2017 – Distress Centre on Campus
  • 2015-2016 – Muslim Students’ Association
  • 2014-2015 – Making Waves Canada – Calgary Chapter
  • 2013-2014 – Amnesty International U of C
  • 2012-2013 – Right to Play
  • 2011-2012 – Step Forward
  • 2010-2011 – Social Work Students’ Association

First Year Engagement (Sponsored by Leadership and Student Engagement, U of C)

For the club that actively seeks, includes and engages first year students at the U of C. This club helps to build a sense of community and engagement across campus, and particularly among new students. Connecting with, promoting and supporting first year membership is a part of its mandate and a purposeful action taken to help students connect to a wide breadth of engagement activities on campus and to build a sense of community within the U of C. Tell us how your club has engaged first year students and created an environment of inclusiveness? Please provide examples and highlight for us how you plan to continue these efforts should you receive this award..

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – Biology Students’ Association
  • 2018-2019 – Students Against Domestic Abuse Association
  • 2017-2018 – Engineering Students’ Society2016-2017 – Faculty of Arts Students’ Association
  • 2015-2016 – Kinesiology Students’ Society
  • 2014-2015 – Model United Nations Team, U of C
  • 2013-2014 – Kinesiology Students’ Society
  • 2012-2013 – Kinesiology Students’ Society
  • 2011-2012 – Kinesiology Students’ Society
  • 2010-2011 – Kinesiology Students’ Society

Innovation

The SU is proud to say that with over 300 clubs, there’s one for everyone! Unique, innovative, and niche interests are represented by the diversity exemplified among our student organizations. The winner of this award has diversified their activities in new ways, pioneered creative programs, or adapted existing fundraising efforts or events to distinctly and effectively attract members and provide otherwise non-existent services to the University of Calgary community.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – Autism Awareness Club University of Calgary
  • 2018-2019 – By Our Design
  • 2017-2018 – DeNovo Student Investment Fund
  • 2016-2017 – Origami-Aid
  • 2015-2016 – Student Organization for Aerospace Research
  • 2014-2015 – Origami-Aid
  • 2013-2014 – Harry Potter Quidditch Club
  • 2012-2013 – Persian Gulf Club
  • 2011-2012 – Synchronized Swimming Club
  • 2010-2011 – Engineers Without Borders

Leadership

Strong club leadership is essential to form effective, long-lasting, and valuable student organizations. Clubs that demonstrate exceptional internal leadership also act as positive examples within the SU Clubs community. These forward-thinking organizations help to develop leadership qualities within their community as well as among their executives. Through their events, activities, and services provided to students, the winner of this award exemplifies leadership at the University of Calgary.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2018-2019 – Debate Society, UofC
  • 2017-2018 – Mental Health Awareness
  • 2016-2017 – Children’s Health Advocates in Support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • 2015-2016 – Engineers Without Borders
  • 2014-2015 – Model United Nations Team, U of C
  • 2013-2014 – Calgary Healthcare Improvement Network
  • 2012-2013 – Engineers Without Borders
  • 2011-2012 – Calgary Students Offering Support
  • 2010-2011 – Commerce Undergraduate Society

Longevity, Ongoing Vitality, and Engagement (LOVE)

For a club who has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing and nourishing the long-term vision of their club. This club successfully transitions each year between executive teams and has created a strong foundation for engaging many generations of students. This club exemplifies the vitality that should be embodied by all clubs through their engagement with SU Clubs programming. The winner of this award will be chosen by Clubs Committee based on the club that has completed their SU Clubs Survival Guide Checklist, thereby demonstrating a commitment to attending ClubHub information sessions and club workshops, participating in the Jr Executive program, collaborating with the CSO, meeting club deadlines and following procedures, and focusing on successful transition between executive teams.

  • 2019-2020 – Nigerian Students’ Association
  • 2018-2019 – UNICEF on Campus
  • 2017-2018 – Students Against Domestic Abuse Association
  • 2016-2017 – Muslim Students’ Association
  • 2015-2016 – Bear Necessities
  • Introduced in 2015/16

Quality of Education

Active in both curricular and co-curricular aspects of post-secondary life, the winners of this award provides quality academic services and support to students at the University of Calgary. Benefiting members and non-members alike, this club’s events and programs go beyond the in-classroom experience to ensure students receive quality education. They take steps to bridge accessibility gaps, create a positive learning environment, and improve students’ chances of academic success.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2018-2019 – Women in Science and Engineering
  • 2017-2018 – STEM Fellowship
  • 2016-2017 – Accounting Students’ Association
  • 2015-2016 – Society of Undergraduates in Economics
  • 2014-2015 – Neuroscience Students’ Association
  • 2013-2014 – Easy Ace
  • 2012-2013 – Biology Students’ Association
  • 2011-2012 – Strategic Management Association
  • 2010-2011 – Education Students’ Association

Student Life

While all SU Clubs are a vital part of student life on campus, the winners of this award have made outstanding contributions above and beyond for both their members and students in general. Making a difference outside of the classroom, creating a sense of community on campus, and tangibly improving the quality of undergraduates’ student experience at the University of Calgary are all contributing factors.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – UC Dance Company
  • 2018-2019 – Indian Students’ Association
  • 2017-2018 – Indian Students’ Association
  • 2016-2017 – Indian Students’ Association
  • 2015-2016 – Indian Students’ Association
  • 2014-2015 – Muslim Students’ Association
  • 2013-2014 – Engineering Students’ Society
  • 2012-2013 – Peer Listening & Wellness Group
  • 2011-2012 – Queers on Campus
  • 2010-2011 – U of C Ski Club

Sustainability (Sponsored by the U of C Office of Sustainability)

Description

This award is a joint initiative between the Students’ Union (SU) and the Office of Sustainability.

The Student Club Sustainability Award recognizes exceptional student clubs whose initiative(s) have made positive contributions towards the sustainable future of UCalgary and our world. The club’s initiative(s) should be co-curricular in nature and must make a lasting and measurable impact on environmental, economic and/or social wellbeing. The winner of this award will receive $250 from the Office of Sustainability.

Criteria

Nominees’ accomplishments, projects or initiatives will be evaluated on the basis of three criteria: impact, innovation, and engagement & community. Please explain how the nominees’ accomplishment(s), project(s), or initiative(s) fulfill these criteria.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019-2020 – Light Up the World! UofC
  • 2018-2019 – Emerging Leaders in Solar Energy
  • 2017-2018 – UCalgary Fashion Network
  • 2016-2017 – Students Against Domestic Abuse Association
  • 2015-2016 – Community Garden Club
  • 2014-2015 – Bear Necessities Calgary
  • 2013-2014 – Eco Club
  • 2012-2013 – Hope 2 Opportunity
  • 2011-2012 – Environmental Law Society
  • 2010-2011 – Bike Root – Campus Bike Initiative

EDI Award

Work in the field of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), is often unseen or unappreciated, yet is key to creating an impactful student club. The SU prioritizes and celebrates the outstanding work that clubs do in the field of EDI. The EDI Award rewards clubs that have excelled in various EDI initiatives – from their own internal procedures and policies, to their advocacy and community work. The SU is pleased to recognize these clubs and celebrate their work.



START A CLUB

Even with over 300 clubs on campus, there’s always room for more! The Students’ Union welcomes all unique ideas and proposals for the creation of clubs that foster community engagement and improve the overall quality of student life on campus.
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JOIN A CLUB

New to campus, or just looking to get involved in a student group on campus? Check out our Clubs List for clubs that are active on campus. See a club you’re interested in? Try catching them at their next event, at Clubs Week, or talk to the CSO who can help connect you to clubs.

RUN A CLUB

Registering your club with the Students’ Union means that you get access to free space, funding opportunities, and other support… but all of that comes with responsibility, too. Running a club takes dedication, but we are here to help! Whether you have questions about club services and procedures or other campus resources, we’ve got you covered.

HELP/FAQ

Do you need help with managing your club’s ClubHub portal? Check the Clubs Manual or ask the Coordinator of Student Organizations!

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