This prestigious award for Excellence in Health Research Mentorship recognizes outstanding mentorship by faculty members at any stage in their academic career in any of UBC’s health-related disciplines and who have served a minimum of 2 continuous years at UBC’s Vancouver Campus.
Annual Value: An award of $10,000 will be presented to the recipient in the fall of each year.
Recognition: The recipient of the award will also receive a commemorative certificate, be invited to present to the UBC community during the year she/he receives the award on the topic of their research and their approach to mentoring. Further recognition will take place at Spring Congregation following the award.
Interested faculty members should contact Robert Olaj in the Office of Research in Education (ORE).
A $10,000 mentorship award is being awarded annually by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in honour of Dean Emeritus John McNeill who joined the Faculty in 1971. This flagship award recognizes faculty members at any stage in their academic career, in any of UBC’s health-related disciplines , who have formally been identified as mentors and who exemplify a deep commitment to fostering the professional and personal development of faculty colleagues, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows, in the early stages of their academic career. Award recipients must be faculty members with at least 2 years of continuous service in a health-related discipline at UBC’s Vancouver Campus. The recipient will be selected by an interprofessional committee appointed by the Associate Provost, Health.
For over four decades, John’s leadership has helped distinguish the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences as one of Canada’s best graduate programs and research environments. In the Centennial Year for UBC 2015-16, the establishment of this award by two outstanding alumni in recognition of their Mentor paves the way for future excellence in research and research capacity in Health at UBC. The award is made on the recommendation of the committee established by UBC Associate- Provost Health.
To be eligible, nominees must be faculty members with at least 2 years of continuous service in a health-related discipline at UBC’s Vancouver Campus, and must be engaged in research. Nominees for the John McNeill Excellence in Health Research Mentorship may be at any stage in their academic career. Notwithstanding the above, adjunct, Emeriti and Honorary faculty are not eligible for this award.
This award recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding ability to foster the intellectual, professional, and personal development of faculty colleagues, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows, in the early stages of their academic career. The following attributes of an effective mentor will be considered by the adjudication committee.
An exemplary applicant:
- Models excellence in scholarship, professional conduct, and integrity, instilling a desire inothers to emulate these qualities;
- Encourages, inspires and supports colleagues and students to reach their full potential inways that are tailored to each individual;
- Fosters the development in student competencies in critical thinking, scholarly rigour,breadth of understanding and creativity, and professional competencies in areas such aswritten and oral communication, scholarly integrity and interpersonal interactions.
- Promotes and models a climate of respect and collaboration;
- Integrates students in the culture of UBC Health and helps them network with relevantindividuals; and,
- Advocates for colleagues, peers and students and encourages them to make the best use ofinstitutional and professional opportunities at UBC (e.g., professional development,workshops, courses and conferences).
Nomination Procedures: Each Faculty on the Vancouver Campus may submit up to two nominations to the Associate Provost Health annually.
- Each nomination package must include a letter of support from the Department Head or equivalent (e.g, an Associate Dean) together with appropriate supporting materials such as the following:
- A statement detailing why the nominee qualifies for the award including the following information:
- How the nominee and his/her activities are part of a health-related discipline atUBC;
- The essential and unique features of mentoring within the discipline and beyond;
- Evidence of their students’/mentees’ productivity and excellence, as reflected inawards held, publications, and other scholarly accomplishments by students mentored;
- Faculty/Student progress, as reflected in retention rates, satisfaction withsupervision, guidance or mentorship and faculty/student involvement inprofessional organizations; and,
- Student placement and/or Faculty Progression – as reflected in the success offormer students and/or faculty colleagues including positions held and contributionsmade to their chosen field.
- A short statement by the nominee describing his or her philosophy on mentoring and howhe or she views the role, including comments on approaches to promoting Faculty and/orstudent success.
- The nominee’s current curriculum vitae.
- A list of all individuals mentored including brief descriptions of any notable circumstances of faculty, colleagues or students.
- Three letters of support from individuals who are being/were mentored by the nominee,each including a summary of the author’s experience with the nominee and subsequent career development.
- Only letters signed by the author are acceptable; and,
- Original, faxed and scanned copies sent by email directly to the department are acceptable.
Materials regarding undergraduate teaching will not be considered for this competition and should not be included in the nomination packages.
Questions regarding this call for nominations may be addressed to Susana Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org.