Tenth Annual (2019-20) Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

Nominations for the 2020 awards are still open. Sponsored by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International), these awards recognize faculty who render exceptional service to graduate students as supervisors and research mentors. The effect of such faculty on the careers of students is frequently transformational.

In order to be considered for an award, faculty must be nominated. Nominators can be current and/or former graduate students, faculty members, and/or staff. Nominations from former and/or current graduate students are also welcomed.

Nominations should include a statement of no more than 500 words, attesting to the nominee’s exceptional contribution to graduate student supervision and research mentorship. Each individual must submit his/her own nomination. Unsuccessful nominees from previous years may be nominated again. Previous winners are not eligible. (Scroll down to view a list of past recipients.)

Nominations must be sent as an electronic attachment in Microsoft Word or “.pdf” format by November 30, 2019 to FGPA.EA@cunet.carleton.ca. (Please note that we extended the deadline from Nov. 23.)

Details about the award and how to nominate someone are available in our Frequently Asked Questions document. Please note that, if your professor wins, by submitting a nomination, you are agreeing to allow the FGPA to post excerpts from your nomination on the Carleton University website.

The awards will be announced in Feb., 2020.

Ninth Annual 2018-19 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

On March 26, 2019 seven faculty members were presented with a 2018 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award. Congratulations to all! Below are the winners and quotes taken from their nominators’ letters.

Sponsored by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International), these awards recognize faculty who render exceptional service to graduate students as supervisors and research mentors.The effect of such faculty on the careers of students is frequently transformational.

Details about the award are available in our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Ali Arya (Information Technology)

  • During our one-on-one meetings together, in addition to discussing matters related to research, he also takes the time to understand me as a whole person. I always walk away feeling motivated to do more!
  • Sometimes he would open a session with a practice called ‘Mindfulness’ to help students shake off any stress or pressure they felt, giving them a chance to be present (mentally) in the class. I cannot sufficiently express the positive impact it had on me and my fellow students.
  • I keep telling my wife I want to be Dr. Arya when I grow up…

Robert Biddle (Computer Science)

  • It is entirely due to his guidance that I came to understand an essential responsibility of computer science: that while many challenges in computing force us to look inward, into the machinery, there is also a need to turn and face outward and examine the effect these tools have on the world.
  • During conversations, he listens carefully and knows the optimal time to intervene and invite further critical reflection.
  • While I’ll never be Robert’s equal, I‘m grateful to call him a friend, a mentor, and a research hero. There is no chance I would be working as a tenure-track professor without Robert Biddle’s faith in me.

Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan (Sociology and Anthropology)

  • What is striking about Dr. Carrier-Moisan is the extent of thoughtfulness she brings to her supervision and mentoring. She uses a student-centered approach and constantly advocates for the professional and personal success of her graduate and undergraduate students. She works tirelessly to create an environment where you feel safe to ask difficult questions and make mistakes.
  • At moments when I find myself questioning my future as an academic/researcher, Marie-Eve is always a force of reassurance and encouragement, reminding me of the importance and relevance of my field of study.
  • I would not have survived grad school without an awesome professor, supervisor, friend and mentor like Marie-Eve.

Shulabh Gupta (Electronics)

  • The best thing about working with him is that there is constant learning every single day. He organizes weekly group meetings for all the members of his team to stay updated about everyone’s progress, provides his valuable feedback, shares his ideas and discusses everyone’s project thoroughly.
  • He gave me the opportunity to lead one of his awarded grant projects in collaboration with industry partners. Leading this project has been my most valuable experience for my academic, professional and leadership development.
  • He is very open to any questions, while possessing a seemingly unlimited amount of patience. He carefully considers multiple perspectives, and always considers opposing viewpoints.

Merlyna Lim (Journalism and Communication)

  • I remember speaking to a student who was considering joining the program last year, and the first thing I told them was, ‘If Dr. Lim is teaching a class, take it.’ I advised them that even if the topic happened to be outside of their main academic focus, taking a class with Dr. Lim would be one of the best decisions they could make.
  • Professor Merlyna Lim embodies the phrase “tough love”, with an emphasis on love. . . . She was a firm and kind professor. She pushed us to leave our comfort zones and supported us.
  • Her insights have profoundly shaped who I am and how I communicate as a researcher. As an emerging scholar, my current accomplishments and successes are a direct reflection of Dr. Lim’s guidance and intellect.

Ashraf Matrawy (Information Technology)

  • It is a testament to his teaching ability that he has an amazing ability to connect with all his students, no matter what their level of knowledge, and is focused on the big picture. It was the quality of the research work that I carried out under his mentorship which helped me in qualifying for research/graduate scholarships.
  • After obtaining my degree, Ashraf continued to be my mentor as I was seeking an academic career, asking about my job search every time we ran into each other, and always reminding me never to settle for less. He knows how to help out, and has never hesitated to offer advice regarding my applications and job-search techniques.
  • Frankly, my success today is due largely to his support and mentorship. It is only after I started my career as a university professor . . . that I realized the great impact of his mentoring on my advising skills.

Marina Milyavskaya (Psychology)

  • Whether it was helping me come up with a research topic, advising my scholarship applications, offering feedback on new research ideas, establishing a sense of community and support amongst our lab group, editing abstracts, giving impromptu data analysis lessons, or answering endless emails, Marina consistently goes above and beyond, and even manages to do so with a smile and a great sense of humour!
  • While she is always there to support us academically, she also genuinely cares about our well-being, which makes for a very productive and supportive lab environment.
  • Milyavskaya is also an inspiring role model in her creativity, passion, and productivity in research, and in her commitment to generating high-quality research. She advocates for honest and open science, and she embodies this by making open science practices such as pre-registration and sharing data an integral part of the work conducted in the lab.

Eighth Annual 2017 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

On March 6, 2018 seven faculty members were presented with a 2017 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award. Congratulations to all!

  • James R. Green – Systems & Computer Engineering
  • Irena Knezevic – Communication Studies
  • Jeremy Laliberte – Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Sreeraman Rajan – Systems & Computer Engineering
  • Susan Whitney – History
  • Alex Wong – Biology
  • Jayne Yack – Biology

Seventh Annual 2016 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

On March 1, 2017 seven faculty members were presented with a 2016 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award. Congratulations to all!

Below are the seven winners of the 2016 awards

  • Adrian Chan – Systems and Computer Engineering
  • Sonia Chiasson – Computer Science
  • Ian Marsland – Systems and Computer Engineering
  • Janet Siltanen – Sociology
  • Myron Smith – Biology
  • Dwayne Winseck – Communication
  • Michael Wohl – Psychology

Winners of the 2015 Carleton Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

Below are the eight winners of the 2015 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards.

  • Natasha Artemeva – Linguistics & Applied Language
  • Patricia Ballamingie – Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Cheryl Harasymchuk – Psychology
  • Andrea Howard – Psychology
  • Hans-Martin Jaeger – Political Science
  • Carol Payne – Art History
  • Owen Rowland – Biology
  • Jaffer Sheyholislami – School of Linguistics and Applied Language

Winners of the 2014 Awards

  • Robert Coplan – Psychology
  • Maria DeRosa – Chemistry
  • Adelle Forth – Psychology
  • Gerald Grant – Sprott School of Business
  • James Opp – History
  • Cristina Rojas – Political Science, NPSIA
  • Marc St-Hilaire – School of Information Technology
  • Garry Tarr – Electronics
  • Sarah Todd – Social Work
  • David Wood – School of Linguistics and Language Studies

Winners of the 2013 Awards

  • Jit Bose – Computer Science
  • Steven Cooke – Biology
  • Matthew Holahan – Neuroscience
  • Deepthi Kamawar – Cognitive Science & Psychology
  • Evangelos Kranakis – Computer Science
  • Evelyn Maeder – Criminology & Psychology
  • Isaac Otchere – Business
  • Joanna Pozzulo – Psychology
  • Paul Van Geel – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Paul Van Oorschot – Computer Science

Winners of the 2012 Awards

  • Hymie Anisman – Neuroscience and Health Psychology, Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience
  • Andrew Brook – Philosophy and Cognitive Science
  • Aaron Doyle – Sociology and Anthropology, the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice & the Institute of Political Economy
  • Linda Duxbury – Sprott School of Business
  • Lenore Fahrig – Biology
  • Matthew Johnson – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Canada Research Chair in Energy and Combustion Generated Air Emissions
  • Nicolas Papadopoulos – Sprott School of Business
  • Timothy Pychyl (Psychology & the School of Linguistics and Language Studies
  • Claire Samson – Earth Sciences
  • Gabriel Wainer – Systems and Computer Engineering

Winners of the 2011 Awards

  • Alfonso Abizaid – Department of Neuroscience
  • Susan Bertram – Department of Biology & Assistant Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Amir Banihashemi – Department of Systems and Computer Science
  • Lorraine Dyke – Sprott School of Business
  • Uma Kumar, – Sprott School of Business & Director, Research Center for Technology Management
  • Jo-Anne LeFevre – Director, Institute of Cognitive Science
  • Banu Örmeci – Canada Research Chair in Wastewater and Public Health Engineering & Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • David Rogers – Canada Research Chair in Medical Physics & Professor, Department of Physics
  • Roland Thomas – Sprott School of Business
  • Bill Willmore – Institute of Biochemistry, Departments of Biology and Chemistry

Winners of the 2010 Awards

  • Sue Aitken – Department of Biology and Institute of Biochemistry
  • Craig Bennell –  Department of  Psychology
  • Josh Greenberg – School of Journalism and Communications
  • Sheryl  Hamilton – School of Journalism and Communication
  • Louise A.  Heslop –  The Sprott School of Business
  • Norman Hillmer – Department of History
  • Vinod   Kumar – The Sprott School of Business
  • Thomas Kunz – Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
  • Ken Storey –  Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry and Institute of Biochemistry
  • Halim Yanikomeroglu – Department of Systems and Computer Engineering