Recognizing research and teaching excellence

Human and Social Development, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, Engineering, Education, Social Sciences, Graduate Studies, Science, Humanities, Fine Arts

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Twenty researchers, teachers and students are receiving University of Victoria’s REACH awards, which pay tribute to campus leaders who champion dynamic learning and make a vital impact at UVic, in the classroom and beyond.  

These exciting awards allow us to acknowledge and celebrate faculty and graduate students who are creating significant impact in teaching, research and creative pursuits. This year’s 20 distinguished honourees are inspiring positive change in our communities through impactful research, and through their passion and dedication to creative and innovative learning experiences for students. Congratulations to the award recipients and nominees and thank you for your commitment and leadership.
-  President Kevin Hall

In a ceremony on May 2, 2024, awards will be given in three general categories: Excellence in Research, Excellence in Teaching and the Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Awards in Equity, Diversity and inclusion. In addition, five new awards were established this year - two new Indigenous scholar awards, the Early Career Research Award and the Award for Inclusive and Innovative Course Design.  

2023 REACH Award recipients 

Excellence in research awards 

David H. Turpin Gold Medal for Career Achievement in Research
Julio Navarro, Physics & Astronomy 

Silver Medal for Excellence in Research
Lin Cai, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Impact Award
Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, Civil Engineering 

Award for Excellence in Creativity and Artistic Expression
Yasmine Kandil, Theatre 

Early Career Award for Excellence in Research
Makhsud Saidaminov, Chemistry
Brianna Turner, Psychology 

Award for Excellence in Research Partnerships
David Harrington & Frode Seland, Chemistry 

ʔəy̓ nəwəl ʔist | ÍY,NEUELIST | Moving forward together for the good of all | Indigenous Scholar Award for Excellence in Research
Jean-Paul Restoule, Indigenous Education
Christine Welsh, Gender Studies

Excellence in teaching awards 

Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership
Christopher Eagle, Mathematics & Statistics 

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Andrew MacRae, Physics & Astronomy 

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision and Mentorship
Yang Shi, Engineering & Computer Science 

Award for Inclusive and Innovative Course Design
Mary Elizabeth Leighton, English 

əc̓əmaat kʷəns čeʔi ʔay̓ šqʷeləqʷən | ĆȺNEUEL OL ÍY, ŚḰÁLEȻEN | Work together with a good heart and mind Award for Decolonization and Anti-Indigenous Racism
Susanne Thiessen, Public Administration 

Andy Farquharson Teaching Excellence Awards for Graduate Students
Camille Zimmer, Civil Engineering
Lucie Kotesovska, English
Nahiane Pipaon Fernandez, Chemistry 

Provost's Advocacy and Activism Awards in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Awards in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
David Dunne, Business
Hannah Brown, Anthropology

The event is by invitation only. Please contact for details. The event will be recorded and available on the webpage later in May. 

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