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Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision

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The University of Ontario Institute of Technology Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision was established in 2018 to recognize faculty members who have displayed excellence in the mentorship and supervision of graduate students at the university. 

  • About

    One award is presented annually. The winner will represent excellence in an array of characteristics attributed to graduate supervision. It is a testament to the quality supervision and mentorship that inspires graduate students to become successful scholars and professionals. 

  • Eligibility

    The nominee should hold a graduate faculty appointment and must have supervised graduate students at the university for a minimum of six years. Previous recipients are not eligible for a period of 10 years following the year in which they received the award.

    Note: Faculty members who hold an Associate Graduate or Emeritus appointment are not eligible.
  • Nomination process and deadline

    Any faculty member or student at the university can nominate an individual for the award.

    A complete nomination package will contain:

    • Nomination form
    • Supporting documentation*:
      1. Letter from the nominator(s) describing the attributes of the faculty member's mentoring and supervision skills (maximum four pages each).
      2. Three letters of support from graduate students (master’s or PhD) who are either currently under the supervision of the nominee or who have been supervised as graduate students by the nominee in the past (maximum four pages each).
      3. Letter of support from the graduate program director, including a rationale as to why the nominee qualifies for the award (maximum four pages).
      4. The nominee's abbreviated CV including a summary of current and past graduate students, the years they were supervised or co-supervised, the degree type and their present position, and any awards or special recognitions received by those students (maximum eight pages).

     *Supporting documentation may be submitted in one of two ways:

    • Upload the required documentation as one PDF document using the online form.
    • Email the required documentation to

    Proceed to nomination form

     Nomination deadline: May 31, 2019

  • Selection process and award criteria

    Excellence is judged on the quality of supervision and mentorship that inspire graduate students to become successful scholars and professionals. Characteristics include engagement, availability, quality and timeliness 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 and applying for funding.  

    The Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or their designate will chair a selection committee. The committee will consist of no more than three graduate faculty members. Committee membership will reflect the diverse research disciplines at the university and when possible should include at least one of the previous award winners. The committee will review the application packages and recommend the recipient to the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

    All nominees will be notified of their status after public announcement of the award recipients.

  • Public recognition and value of the award

    Each award consists of a recognition plaque and $1,000 that will be contributed to the recipient’s internal research account. The award will be publicly announced during the annual faculty/staff awards ceremony.

    The 2019 awards ceremony date is to be determined.

  • Winners and nominees


    • Miguel Vargas Martin, PhD, Faculty of Business and Information Technology*
    • Khalil El-Khatib, PhD, Faculty of Business and Information Technology
    • Janette Hughes, PhD, Faculty of Education
    • Hossam Kishawy, PhD, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
    • Manon Lemonde, PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Masoud Makrehchi, PhD, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
    • Carolyn McGregor, PhD, Faculty of Business and Information Technology
    • Lennaert van Veen, PhD, Faculty of Science

    *denotes winner