Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Award Recipients


Susan Howlett, Department of Pharmacology

A strong advocate and role model for all, but especially for women in science, Dr. Howlett, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology, is well-respected for her ability to provide a supportive, creative and fulfilling research environment for her students while at the same time coaching and mentoring them to excel in a highly competitive research environment. A former graduate student described it this way: “She consistency exhibits genuine care for individual students’ careers and their growth as scientists,” while another described her as “the epitome of excellence in trainee supervision and mentorship.” Dr. Howlett’s support for others extends beyond her own lab. When a close colleague became critically ill, she stepped in to successfully support his students to complete their studies, and then created the Greg Ferrier Award to recognize and honour his work. This devotion and recognition touched students and colleagues alike, making a strong impact on their own views of student supervision.


Dr. Alison Thompson, Faculty of Science Killam Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science


Sherry Stewart, Department of Psychiatry

Sherry Stewart, professor in the Department of Psychiatry with cross-appointments in Psychology & Neuroscience and Community Health & Epidemiology, is being celebrated for her sustained and energetic commitment to graduate supervision. A faculty member at Dalhousie for nearly 25 years, Dr. Stewart takes to her role as mentor and role model to her students with great pride; more than one letter of support in her nomination package used the phrase “best supervisor ever.” Her students told the selection committee that she makes research fun, is always approachable and giving of her time, and showcases a great love and enthusiasm for her work.


Dr. Sara Kirk, School of Health and Human Performance

Sara Kirk has been a faculty member at Dalhousie since 2007 and is the inaugural recipient for this award, which recognizes the important role of grdauate supervision as part of the graduate student learning environment. Having directly supervised over 16 masters students (in addition to serving as committee member for an additional three students), three doctoral students and three postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Kirk provides an enriching, supportive, and productive learning environment for her students.

A Spectacular Supervisor

Dal News, Matt Reeder - October 30, 2015