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          Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Awards for Excellence

          Simon Fraser University presents the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Award for Excellence in Supervision annually to recognize excellence in the supervision of graduate students.

          Normally two awards will be given each year.

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          Each award consists of a prize of one targeted graduate fellowship (GF) of $6,500 that can be awarded in the following academic year to a graduate student of their choice (the student must meet the terms of reference for a GF).

          In addition, the recipient’s name is inscribed on a permanent plaque in the Thesis Defence Room.

          Minimally one award each will be in the two categories defined by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies: Fine Arts/Humanities/ Social Sciences and Engineering/Medical Sciences/Natural Sciences.

          Nomination and Selection
          Continuing tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have supervised graduate students for a minimum of 5 years at SFU shall be eligible for this DGS Award. Nominations for this award may come from current or former students, staff, colleagues, or administrators, and must be received by March 15.

          Re-nominations - nominations from the previous year will be considered only if they meet all of the conditions of the initial nomination. The package must include: a current nominations form signed by the nominee and all nominators; new letters of support from the Graduate Program Chair AND/OR Department Chair or Dean; new letters or documents of support from graduate students, and an updated CV.


          • Sustained record of excellent graduate supervision
          • Ability to stimulate graduate students to think creatively and critically
          • Provision of a supportive environment to develop as a scholar
          • Commitment to the graduate student learning experience
          • Fosters research, performance and/or practice-based skill development
          • Demonstrated enthusiasm for and innovation in graduate student instruction/teaching
          • Provides exceptional guidance to students applying for internal/external financial support
          • Student's supervised degree completion times and degree completion rates relative to program expectations.


          • Call for Nominations Deadline: March 15 yearly.
          • Nominations should include a completed nomination form and nomination letters from the Graduate Program Chair and graduate students. The nomination letter should profile the nominee's record in excellent graduate supervision.
          • Required documents:
            • Supporting letter from Graduate Program Chair AND/OR supporting letter from Department Chair or Dean
            • Abbreviated CV outlining nominee's record related to graduate student supervision
            • Supporting documents or letters from graduate students
          • Email correspondence may be sent to to all current and previously supervised students requesting a supervisory evaluation on each nominee.
          • The committee adjudicates the awards based on the criteria above.
          • The awards will be presented to the winners at a graduate awards ceremony in the following year.

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