CAGS Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship
recognizing graduate faculty members with a record of excellent mentorship of graduate students under their supervision
About the Award
Established in 2018, the CAGS Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship recognizes graduate faculty members with a record of excellent mentorship of graduate students under their supervision. Outstanding mentors inspire their graduate students to be creative in their thinking, to push their research in new directions, and to make a positive impact on the future. They are essential to graduate student success – in the classroom, the laboratory, and beyond.
Outstanding mentorship is judged on the supervisor’s demonstrated ability to:
- Inspire, guide and challenge students to achieve excellence and integrity in scholarship;
- Provide a supportive environment that stimulates creativity, debate, engagement and dialogue, and progression toward timely completion;
- Support students in ways that are tailored to their individual learning styles, needs, and career/future aspirations;
- Encourage students to pursue opportunities to share and disseminate their research and scholarly activities within and beyond academia; and
- Support students in developing their academic and professional competencies and transitioning beyond graduate studies.
To be eligible for this award the nominee must:
- Hold a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor;
- Demonstrate a sustained record of graduate supervision at the current institution (no less than 7 years);
- Be currently active as a graduate supervisor;
- Provide a record of graduate students supervised (see details below);
- Previous award winners are ineligible.
Who Can Nominate?
Institutions can nominate only one individual. The university’s Faculty of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) shall have their own process for soliciting nominations and for selecting the nomination to be submitted electronically by the Dean of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) to CAGS. Individual nominations can be made by a faculty member, program director, or graduate student (no self-nominations).
A nomination package must include:
- A letter of nomination outlining the rationale for the nomination based on the stated criteria (maximum of two pages). Note, letter writers are encouraged to emphasize aspects of the nominee’s supervision that are related to the listed criteria. It has been the committee’s experience that descriptions such as “having an open-door policy” or “has group meals or outings” do not usefully distinguish one mentorship nominee from the next;
- The nominee’s abbreviated CV (maximum of eight pages), as well as a list of all graduate students (past and current) supervised by the nominee. The list should include the name, degree, thesis title, program start and end date, current position (if known) of supervised graduate students, as well as any awards or special recognitions received by students;
- Two to five letters of support from current and/or former students (letters can be signed by more than one student/former student);
- A biographical statement of 100 words that can be used in CAGS communications.
CAGS is accepting nomination packages for the 2021 Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship during the period 15 April – 31 May. Complete nomination packages should be submitted electronically in a single file to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4:00 PM (EST) on 31 May 2021. Please include “CAGS Mentorship Award” in the subject line.
Note: the nominees for the 2020 Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship are currently in the process of adjudication, and the winners will be announced at a special virtual award ceremony held in late April 2021.
CAGS Announces Winner of the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Mentorship Award.
CAGS has found Canada’s best graduate student mentor! We are pleased to announce that Dr. Matei Ripeanu, Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, has been selected as the winner
of the 2019 CAGS Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship.
CAGS instituted this award in 2018 to highlight and celebrate faculty members who exemplify the highest standards in teaching, training, and mentoring. “There were many extraordinary nominees for the award this year,” reports CAGS Executive Director Sally Rutherford, “and the competition was extremely difficult to adjudicate. Nonetheless, Dr. Ripeanu’s commitment to mentorship stood out to the judges.”
CAGS is delighted to showcase the hard work and dedication of Dr. Ripeanu, and we hope that his outstanding commitment to his graduate students will inspire others!