REACH 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 REACH Award recipients exemplify this commitment. They have pushed the boundaries of discovery, creativity and innovation to impact our lives and the world around us.

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

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.

REACH 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.

REACH 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.

REACH 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.

REACH 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.

Learn more about the 2017 REACH Awards recipients.

David H. Turpin Gold Medal for Career Achievement in Research

  • Dr. Neena L. Chappell, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology and Institute on Aging and Health

REACH Silver Medal for Excellence in Research

  • Dr. Scott McIndoe, Professor, Department of Chemistry

REACH Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression

  • Dr. Suzanne Snizek, Assistant Professor, School of Music

REACH Award for Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization

  • Dr. James Tanaka, Professor, Department of Psychology

REACH Award for Excellence in Research Partnerships

  • ARC Hub PHN and Dr. Nikolai Dechev, Associate Professor, Department of 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