Faculty nominations are due to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education through the Faculty Dean or Vice-Dean, Graduate Education.
Students, faculty members, and staff wishing to submit a nomination package for consideration by their Faculty should contact their home graduate unit to inquire about the selection process and local deadlines.
Single-unit Faculties may forward one nomination annually; multiple-unit Faculties may forward up to two nominations.
Each nomination package is to be submitted electronically as a single PDF file. Please retain the original application materials until May 25, 2017.
Nominations are due from Faculties by April 1, 2017 to:
Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education
c/o Graduate Awards Office
School of Graduate Studies
Room 202, 63 St. George Street
Professor Morris Moscovitch holds the Glassman Chair in Neuropsychology and Aging. He came to the University of Toronto in 1971 and has won a number of awards for his research. SGS recognizes his achievements as an excellent teacher and gifted mentor.
Undergraduates know him for teaching the Department of Pyschology’s introductory course on cognitive neuroscience, which he has taught for the past 40 years. Year after year, the course achieves the highest enrolment of any non-required course in the Psychology department, a testament to his ability to make materials come alive.
At the graduate level, Prof. Moscovitch has supervised 43 MAs, 34 PhDs, and 22 postdoctoral fellows–by far the highest in the history of the department. He helped establish a clinical extension to the department’s research program, which continues to produce clinician scientists of the highest calibre. Prof. Moscovitch won the department’s inaugural award for Most Valuable Professor–determined by a vote of the department’s graduate students. In 2005, he was the first man to win the Mentorship Award from Women in Cognitive Science. His students have won prestigious awards for their work done under his supervision and afterwards.
Former students remarked how Prof. Moscovitch “allows each student space to develop his or her own research ideas, always willing to discuss any topic with an openness and curiosity that lies at the very heart of science. Nevertheless, he challenges his students to continually refine and improve their ideas in order to truly advance our understanding of brain-behaviour relations. His gift of translating his insightful clinical observations into rigorous scientific questions is truly inspiring, and he has a unique ability to instill those capacities in his students.”
Professor Michael J. Trebilcock joined the Faculty of Law in 1972 and rapidly became one of its stars. He was selected as a University Professor in 1990. Prof. Trebilcock has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and NYU law schools as well as at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the National University of Singapore.
He has won numerous awards and accolades within the legal and scholarly communities for his outstanding teaching and supervision of graduate students. In 1986 he won the University of Toronto Teaching Award for his work in what was then the Faculty of Law’s LLB program. In 1989, his book
The Common Law of Restraint of Trade was awarded the Owen Prize by the Foundation for Legal Research as the best legal text published in Canada in English between 1986 and 1988.
During his time at the University of Toronto, he has supervised 63 LLM students and 30 SJD candidates. More than half of his SJD supervisees have gained tenure-track positions at world-class universities, while others have landed coveted postdoctoral research positions or returned to respected roles in private practice.
Prof. Trebilcock is praised for “effectively developing relationships with his supervisees that combine rigour, respect and support. The results are that his students feel accountable, challenged, and encouraged during the entire time...they are working under Michael’s supervision. Students are inevitably inspired not just by their exposure to a person of such intellectual force and curiosity, but by their sense of immediate inclusion in the academy.
Professor Eleftherios Diamandis is Head of Clinical Biochemistry at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP). His research activities evolve around discovery and validation of cancer biomarkers, proteomics, mass spectrometry, and translational research. In his 27 years at the Department of LMP, he has supervised 38 doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to pursue careers in medicine, academia (University of Athens, University of Tabriz, University of Toronto) as well as outside academia (research associates, scientists, and a vice-president).
Nominators remarked at his ability to know each of his students intuitively and personally touch his students’ lives, allowing not only for growth as a scientist but also for growth as a person. “He believes that graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other associates in his laboratory should be approached as 'whole human beings,' not just 'pairs of working hands'...in addition to promoting scientific creativity and excellence, he is also a great advocate of other activities, including sports, music, and artistic productions.”
Professor Clare Kosnik has been a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) for 17 years. Her research interests focus on teacher education, action research and teacher inquiry, and literacy education. Prof. Kosnik has written extensively on the subjects of teacher education, self-study, and data collection techniques. She is a member of the Ontario Ministry of Education Literacy Advisory Panel, the chair of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices Special Interest Group, and has professional membership in organizations such as the American Educational Research Association and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. In her 17 years at OISE, she has supervised 20 doctoral students, many of whom hold prestigious positions in academia and various areas of education (Toronto District School Board, Peel Board of Education, University of Toronto School).
Prof. Kosnik is praised for her approach to supervising doctoral students that is built on a commitment to academic integrity and excellence, and creating a strong community of leaders. She is commended for the myriad ways she has shown intellectual leadership and provided academic, professional, and personal support. “She challenges me every week... It is when I talk to other doctoral students that I can truly appreciate the time and effort she gives us, as none of the others appear to receive this kind of attention and guidance...she is the epitome of caring pedagogy.”
2013 (Inaugural) Winners
Professor Brenda J. Andrews has been a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Genetics since 1990, and is currently the Director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular research. Prof. Andrew’s achievements are unparalleled as a scholar in life sciences and as a mentor of young scientists. During her time as a faculty member at the University of Toronto she has supervised 23 doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to careers in academia (University of British Columbia, University of Ottawa, and University of Toronto) as well as outside academia (Senior Research Associates, Lab and Project Managers, Science writers).
Nominators described Prof. Andrews as “an inspiring supervisor and mentor, a role model for all of her students…who has successfully balanced an outstanding career as a research scientist with major academic leadership role”. Former students noted that Prof. Andrews always makes time for her students and is a supervisor whose unique talents include turning “a student’s frustration and scientific exhaustion into a recharged fresh outlook.”
Professor Clifford Orwin has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science for almost 40 years. A supervisor whose style of mentorship is often referred to by his students as “tough love,” Prof. Orwin is greatly admired and appreciated for his “exacting standards.” Prof. Orwin has supervised 22 dissertations to completion and is currently serving as supervisor to six doctoral students.
Prof. Orwin was praised for his commitment to the achievements of his students and their career progress as he guides them to positions both within and outside academe. His students have gone on to academic appointments at Western University, University of British Columbia, Yale University, and Emory University; other students have careers outside the academe as writers, attorneys, and policy analysts. He was singled out by his nominators for his commitment to his students, noting that he is dedicated to “coaxing the very best work from each student.”
Professor Orwin is interviewed for
The Bulletin to discuss his methods for graduate supervision and what it means to be a recipient of the JJ Berry Smith Supervision Award.
Recipients receive a JJ Berry Smith Supervisory Award Certificate, their name on a plaque housed at the School of Graduate Studies, as well as a SGS Conference or Travel Grant to be awarded by the recipient to support a current doctoral student.