Outstanding Graduate Mentorship

Outstanding Graduate Mentorship

This award recognizes graduate faculty members with a record of excellent mentorship of graduate students under their supervision.

2020 CAGS Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship

NOTICE: In response to the rapidly emerging COVID-19 crisis, CAGS will be postponing all of its 2020 awards and competitions until further notice.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship has been postponed indefinitely. The adjudication process for this award will likely take place during the late-summer or fall.

Please note that CAGS is continuing to accept nomination packages for this award.


This award 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.

CAGS is committed to showcasing the hard work and dedication of Canada’s most outstanding mentors. We need your help to find them! We cordially invite applications for the 2020 Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship.


  • Official Certificate of Recognition
  • Profile published on CAGS website and social media platforms
  • Complimentary registration at CAGS Annual Meeting


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)

Nomination information

A nomination package must include:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Two to five letters of support from current and/or former students (letters can be signed by more than one student/former student);
  4. A biographical statement of 100 words that can be used in CAGS communications


Complete nomination packages must be submitted electronically in a single file with materials ordered as listed above to info@cags.ca. Please include “CAGS/ACES Mentorship Award” in the subject line. Nomination packages are currently being accepted – the submission deadline has been postponed indefinitely.

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

Matei Ripeanu

Dr. Matei Ripeanu – Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia

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!