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Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Supervision

Nomination Procedure

A nomination must include:

  • a completed Nomination Form and Checklist,
  • a statement of Graduate Teaching Philosophy (maximum 1 page);
  • letter supporting the nomination from the nominee's Department Chair;
  • 2 letters of support from current graduate students (1 from a supervisee, 1 from a student taught by professor but not supervised by him/her);
  • 2 letters of support from former graduate students;
  • a curriculum vitae (abridged version) including the following:
    • a list of all students supervised to degree, with start and completion dates plus an indication of each graduate's current position.
    • a list of all publications under the nominee's supervision to date (joint publications and solo publications by students);
    • a list of all graduate courses taught by the nominee, and the years each course was taught by him/her;

PLEASE NOTE: No more than the specified number of support letters will be accepted.


To be eligible, a professor must:

  • have been eligible to supervise for 10 years or less
  • have been involved in graduate student training at McGill for a minimum of three years


Nominees will be evaluated based on the following information provided in support letters.

Letter of support by Department Chair/Unit Director:

The letter of support by the Department Chair/Unit Director should be a maximum of 2 pages in length. It should include the nominee’s contribution(s) to the development of the unit’s graduate program (including details about the nominee’s participation in departmental committees or projects dealing with graduate affairs) as well as the nominee’s teaching history. The Chair/Director should also mention Departmental norms with respect to graduate supervision (average number of supervisees per professor, expectation regarding mentoring, help with publications, etc.).

Graduate Student support letters:

Letters of support by graduate students should address the following:

  • ability to arouse interest in the discipline
  • quality of supervision and progress-tracking
  • degree of encouragement to publish and/or present work
  • guidance with respect to other professional development

Deadline and submission process

An electronic version (PDF) of the nomination form and supporting documents to be sent to mona [dot] sharafi-razvand [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Mona Sharafi-Razvand). One original (hard) copy of the nomination form and supporting documents to be mailed to the attention of:

                                Dean Martin Kreiswirth
                                Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
                                c/o Room 400, James Administration Building

Please note that the original deadline for nominations was Monday, January 13th, 2014 and is now extended until Friday, February 7, 2014.


The award is presented at Spring Convocation. The recipient receives a plaque, and their name is inscribed on a permanent plaque in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.



Gillian Bartlett - Esquilant
Dept. of Family Medicine


Elena M. Bennett
Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences


Carrie A. Rentschler
Dept. of Art History and Communication Studies


Sylvain Coulombe
Chemical Engineering


Allan Hepburn


Bärbel Knaüper


Kaleem Siddiqi
Computer Science


Miranda Hickman


Peter Grutter


David Plant
Electrical & Computer Engineering


Henri Darmon
Mathematics & Statistics


Nathalie Cooke


John Lydon


Susanne P. Lajoie
Educational & Counselling Psychology


Moshe Szyf
Pharmacology & Therapeutics