REACH Awards

REACH Awards

This May, an inaugural event—the REACH Awards—will combine the Teaching Excellence Awards with the Craigdarroch Research Awards into a single event that celebrates the extraordinary teachers and researchers who lead the way in dynamic learning and make a vital impact at UVic, in the classroom and beyond.

“The REACH Awards mark a new era of recognition for our university,” says President Jamie Cassels. “By honouring research and teaching together, we acknowledge how they’re inextricably linked for the betterment of our students, our university, our partners and collaborators, and society at large. I congratulate all of this year’s recipients.”

The awards will be presented at an evening ceremony on May 25 at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Award for Excellence in Teaching for Experiential Learning

Helga Thorson, Germanic and Slavic Studies

Helga Thorson’s development of the I-witness Holocaust Field School is an outstanding model for achieving excellence in experiential learning. Reaching beyond the classroom to connect students to Holocaust memorialization in Central Europe, the field school has been transformative for students and faculty alike. Her groundbreaking work has resulted in cross-unit collaborations within the university as well as community partnerships both locally and internationally, bridging disciplines, nations and generations as well. At the core of Thorson’s work is a deep, determined commitment to social justice and “to making the world a better place.” According to her nominators and supporters: “Helga deserves this award, and probably several more.”

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision and Mentorship

Lynne Marks, History

Lynne Marks’ record of mentoring graduate students to completion exemplifies excellent graduate student supervision. Since the mid-‘90s, 100 per cent of her doctoral students and the majority of her master’s students have completed their degrees. Comments from her student nominators clearly illustrate how Marks achieves such a high success rate—through the brilliance she brings from her scholarship, the critical dialogue she encourages from students, her concern for their development, and her careful nurturing of their confidence. That guidance continues years after degree completion she gently nudges former students to contribute to conferences, publish papers and teach courses. As one student nicely sums it up: “She’s a remarkable mentor!”