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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision

Nature of Award

This annual award is to recognize those outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring graduate students through their training.

Nomination Criteria

Excellence is judged on the quality of supervision and mentorship in facilitating the acquisition of skills and resources needed for the student to succeed as scholars and professionals. Characteristics include availability, timeliness and quality of guidance and feedback, responsiveness to student needs, and enthusiasm for the pursuit of knowledge. In addition the supervisor must promote timely completion of the thesis and encourage the career development of the student through the provision of leadership and support in academic matters such as publishing, presenting, applying for funding. Preference will be given to faculty members who have displayed sustained mentorship activity over many years.

Nomination Procedure

Faculty members who are actively involved in graduate supervision are eligible to be nominated by a current or former graduate student or students. A nomination form and complete nomination package addressing the selection criteria should be submitted to the Dean, School of Graduate Studies. Deadline for receipt of complete packages is the last week of May (exact date set annually). Visit the School of Graduate Studies website for the current year’s nomination form, guidelines and deadline.

Selection Process

The selection committee comprises the Dean or delegate of the School of Graduate Studies, one member from the SGPS executive, two graduate student representatives (one from the Social Sciences and Humanities and one from the Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering), one graduate coordinator from any department, and one member from the Centre for Teaching and Learning who will serve as the Chair (non voting). Two awards are presented annually; one in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and one in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering.

Presentation of Award

The award winners are announced in September and the awards presented at the appropriate fall convocation ceremony.

Past Winners

2014 Peter Hodson, Biology and Environmental Studies
2014 Nancy Hutchinson, Faculty of Education
2013 Kerry Rowe, Civil Engineering
2013 Jean Cote, Kinesiology and Health Sciences
2012 Selim Akl, School of Computing
2012 Mark Walters, Faculty of Law
2011 Virginia Walker, Biology
2011 Charles Beach, Economics
2010 Audrey Kobayashi, Geography/Women's Studies Gender Studies
2010 Roderick Lindsay, Psychology
2009 Lynda Jessup, Art
2009 Kim McAuley, Chemical Engineering
2008 Julian Barling, Business
2008 James Cordy, School of Computing
2007 Karen Dubinsky, History
2007 Robert Montgomerie, Biology
2006 Mark Rosenberg, Geography
2006 John Smol, Biology

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