Craigdarroch research awards

Celebrating the vital impact of research

At the core of the University of Victoria’s research excellence is a commitment to the fundamental value of freedom of inquiry. The Craigdarroch Research Award recipients exemplify this commitment. They have pushed the boundaries of discovery, creativity and innovation to impact our lives and the world around us.

Established in 2003, the Craigdarroch Research Awards were named for Craigdarroch Castle, home to Victoria College—UVic’s predecessor institution—from 1921 to 1946.

Nominations are welcome from across campus each year in five categories, including career achievement, research excellence, knowledge mobilization, artistic expression and research partnerships.

Refer to Terms of Reference below for eligibility criteria and instructions for nominators. 

David H. Turpin Gold Medal for Career Achievement in Research

A gold medal and $1,000 research grant will be awarded for a distinguished record of creative activity, including artistic expression, which has advanced substantially the discipline. This award, for which only tenured or emeritus faculty are eligible, honours lifetime achievement.

Craigdarroch Silver Medal for Excellence in Research

A silver medal and $1,000 research grant will be awarded for excellence in research or creative activity, including artistic expression.

Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization

This award in the amount of a $1,000 research grant, recognizes a specific project, product, service or body of work that demonstrates excellence in Knowledge Mobilization (KM), defined as the purposeful communication, exchange and application of knowledge developed through an ongoing process of research and/or creative and artistic endeavour for the benefit of society.

Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression

This award in the amount of a $1,000 research grant, recognizes a significant project or body of work that uses artistic expression to further knowledge or promote awareness of an aspect of the human condition.

Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Research Partnerships

This award in the amount of a $1,000 research grant, recognizes research excellence, as demonstrated through scholarly contributions and societal impact, jointly achieved by a UVic researcher in collaboration with an external research partner.

Eligibility and nominations

Learn more about 2016's Craigdarroch Research award recipients in The Ring.

David H. Turpin Gold Medal for Career Achievement in Research

  • Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe - Department of Biology and School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Craigdarroch Silver Medal for Excellence in Research

  • Dr. Maxim Pospelov- Department of Physics and Astronomy

Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression

  • Professor Bill Gaston - Department of Writing

Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization

  • Dr. Jay T. Cullen - School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Research Partnerships

  • Mr. Owen Matthews, Wesley Clover International & the Alacrity Foundation, and Drs. Thomas Darcie and Stephen Neville  - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. David Castle, Vice-President Research (Chair)
  • Dr. Pauline van den Driessche, Professor Emerita and Craigdarroch gold medalist
  • Dr. Patricia Roy, Professor Emerita, Fellow from the Royal Society of Canada members in British Columbia
  • Dr. Jim Tully, Professor Emeritus, nominee of the Research Advisory Committee
  • Ms. Jean McRae, Executive Director of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, nominee of the President and Vice-Chancellor

For more information about submitting nominations for the Craigdarroch Research Awards:

Brad Buie
Awards Facilitator, Office of the Vice-President, Research
Tel: (250) 472-5408
Email: awardfac@uvic.ca