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.

There are also awards for teaching excellence.

 

Nomination information

Nomination deadline: May 17, 2021

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.

Guidelines 

Nomination form

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.

Guidelines 

Nomination form

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.

Guidelines 

Nomination form

REACH Award for Excellence in Creativity and Artistic Expression

This award in the amount of a $1,000 research grant, recognizes a significant project or body of work that furthers knowledge or awareness of the human condition. Nominations are encouraged from the creative, visual and performing arts, scholarship on the arts, and research on all aspects of arts and culture.

Guidelines 

Nomination form

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.

Guidelines 

Nomination form

 


The university encourages nominations of faculty and librarians for prestigious external research awards and provides external awards facilitation services.

The university’s Awards Facilitator awardfac@uvic.ca  consults with and provides support to faculties and units regarding the identification of local, regional, national, and international award opportunities, and identification and nomination of potential award winners.

The awards facilitator's services include:

  • liaison with award-program officers
  • assistance in writing and editing nomination packages
  • coordination and follow-up of award submissions  
  • assistance to nominators in the preparation of honorary degree nominations

David H. Turpin Gold Medal for Career Achievement in Research
Ben Koop, Biology

Silver Medal for Excellence in Research
Sara Ellison, Physics and Astronomy

Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization
Ann Stahl, Anthropology

Excellence in Research Partnership
Stephanie Willerth, Mechanical Engineering
Tamer Mohamed, Aspect Biosystems

  • Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk, Vice-President Research & Innovation (Chair)
  • Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe, Professor and David H. Turpin Gold Medalist
  • Dr. James Tanaka, Professor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Dr. Mary Sanseverino, Professor Emerita, 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 REACH Research Awards:


Awards Facilitator, Office of the Vice-President, Research
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