Outstanding Graduate Mentorship

Outstanding Graduate Mentorship

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

CAGS now accepting nominations for the 2020 Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, CAGS was forced to postpone the submission period for the 2020 Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship. Established in 2018, this award recognizes graduate faculty members with a record of outstanding mentorship of graduate students under their supervision.

CAGS is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship. The new deadline for submitting a nomination package is Wednesday, 30 September 2020. We invite the submission of nominations in both official languages.

This year, a first, second, and third place winner will be selected from the pool of nominations. The adjudication process will take place during the month of October, and the winners will be announced in November. Winners will receive a certificate of recognition and a complementary registration to attend the 58th Annual CAGS Conference, to be held virtually in 2021.

Note: Several member institutions have already submitted nomination packages for this award earlier in the year. We have held these applications and will include them in the 2020 adjudication process. If you wish to inquire about the status of the nomination package, please write to info@cags.ca

For more information about the CAGS Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship, or to submit a nomination package, please see below.

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. 

Award Criteria

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.

Eligibility

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.

Submission

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. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

Note: Several member institutions have already submitted nomination packages for this award earlier in the year. We have held these applications and will include them in the 2020 adjudication process. If you wish to inquire about the status of the nomination package, please write to info@cags.ca.

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!

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