May 7-13, 2018, was the second annual #GreatSupervisor week at UBC. Graduate students were encouraged to give kudos to their graduate supervisors using #GreatSupervisor and #UBC on Twitter or Facebook. Here are the results.
#GreatSupervisor week started at the University of Calgary in 2014, and we are grateful to them for their inspiration and support in this initiative.
UBC's Great Supervisors
Apparently it's Supervisor Appreciation Week at #UBC, and these two #GreatSupervisor s just published a key paper on community-wide impacts on mammals in the oil sands. Congrats @cole_burton and @JasonTFisherLab!!! https://t.co/CwfXup5p9z pic.twitter.com/WA0ZlPGM8a— Erin Tattersall (@erin_tatt) May 9, 2018
It the #SupervisorAppreciationWeek at @UBC! So I want to thank @ThomasNesme and Sylvain Pellerin at @Inra_BdxAqui and @agrobordeaux for being definitely the best supervisors I could have, for the enlightening (long) discussions and humanity! #GreatSupervisor— PieBarbieri (@barbieri_pie) May 9, 2018
I owe so much to my research supervisors @JenniferLoveUBC and @LaurelSchafer for all they have taught me! During #GreatSupervisor week at UBC I'm reminded of how much work our PIs put in for us behind the scenes; all the grants, paper edits, and networking to further our success.— Dawson Beattie (@DawsonBeattie) May 9, 2018
Today, for #TeacherAppreciationDay I thank my suspervisor Connie Eaves @EavesLab for not only educating me about stem cells & critical scientific research but for empowering me as a woman leader ready to face the world. @UBCGradSchool @ScienceVancity— Sneha Balani (@BalaniSneha) May 8, 2018
PhD studies are made easier with the mentorship and guidance of a great supervisor. I am fortunate to work with Boris Sobolev @sobbor who never ceases to challenge and expand my thinking about our field of health services research. #greatsupervisor @UBCGradSchool @ubcspph— Sean Hardiman (@Sean_Hardiman) May 9, 2018
Couldn't have said it better. @NRamankutty has been the best mentor I could ever have wished for (in addition to simply being one of the best human beings I have ever met. #GreatSupervisor #SupervisorAppreciationWeek https://t.co/WRQFdBiuFd— Verena Seufert (@vereseufert) May 8, 2018
Thank you @wprobins27 for being such a #GreatSupervisor. I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better supervisor. Thank you for creating a conducive learning environment #SupervisorAppreciationWeek #UBC— chaini (@chaini1987) May 9, 2018
Massive shoutout to the amazing @KLCampbellPhD for #GreatSupervisor #UBC appreciation wk! Beyond what you do (which is so extensive it needs its own tweet!), what you enable, inspire & support others to do is what truly makes you a great leader & supervisor. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/0EQAFop6rB— Sarah Weller (@_sarahweller) May 9, 2018
I am privileged to have the best and most supportive supervisor. I have learned a lot from you. whether it is dealing with stress or asking critical questions, whether it’s research or teaching @biofoundry is #GreatSupervisor at #UBC also a great friend and mentor.— Roz (@orvgh) May 9, 2018
@ghoberg is without doubt a #GreatSupervisor: supportive, helpful, understanding... but above all, he makes his supervision feel like a collaboration (as much as possible), the best way to make a student feel confident and prepare him for what lies ahead. Thanks! #UBC #IRES_UBC— Guillaume Peterson St-Laurent (@gui_peterson) May 8, 2018
Do I have a #GreatSupervisor at #ubc? Hell ya! @J9_Austin is not only a superstar researcher and leader, she’s a superstar supervisor! So glad I could help celebrate her with the Killam teaching prize this year! @ubcprez @UBCmedicine— catriona_hippma (@catriona_hippma) May 7, 2018
Did you know it is #SupervisorAppreciationWeek? I am lucky to have a #GreatSupervisor Dr. Bill Miller @bcmiller1961 at #UBC providing me with the best PhD training environment and experience I could ask for! @GFStrongRRP @UBCOSOT @ubcprez— Emma Maria (@emelsewhere) May 8, 2018
I’m privileged to have two #GreatSupervisor s at #UBC who teach me a lot about many things. I especially learn from their tenacity and persistence on everything they do. It’s contagious. Thanks @KaiChanUBC and @jiayingzhao for sharing your time and knowledge with me! pic.twitter.com/W9a4CBmcWr— Alejandra Echeverri (@OrnithoAle) May 8, 2018
Thank-you to @SusanForwell @UBCOSOT @ubcprez for being such a #GreatSupervisor #UBC. Your mentoring is very much appreciated! Additional thanks to my committee members @bcmiller1961 and Dr. Rachelle Hole @CICUBC for all of your support!— BonifaceConsultingOT (@BonifaceOTs) May 8, 2018
It's Supervisor Appreciation week and I have to mntion how grateful I am about my #greatsupervisor Dr. Jennifer Berdahl @JBerdahl at @UBC who keeps me motivated and energised. So lucky to leave our meetings always feeling good!— Barnini Bhattacharyya (@barnini_b) May 7, 2018
I could not ask for a better supervisor than @NRamankutty at @IRES_UBC. Extremely approachable and knowledgeable. Encourages us to venture out of our comfort zones. Most importantly, one of the nicest and kindest people I know. #GreatSupervisor #UBC #SupervisorAppreciationWeek— Balsher S. Sidhu (@balsher_sidhu) May 7, 2018
I am very grateful for having Dr Sue Grayston and Dr Louise Nelson as supervisors. They are suportive, encouraging and inspiring. Thank you so much. #GreatSupervisor #UBC #UBCO @ubcforestry @ubcokanagan— Marieta Marin Bruzos (@PGPRtraits) May 7, 2018
I am grateful for my PhD supervisor,Prof. Karen Hastings Bartlett.— Bojosi Gamontle. (@bojosigamontle) May 7, 2018
She is compassionate & kind yet tough when needed without being overbearing. She is approachable & has created an environment conducive for trust & growth! She really cares for students!#Greatsupervisor #UBC
Giving a shout-out to @HWittmanUBC at @IRES_UBC @ubcfarm for being a #GreatSupervisor throughout my time at @ubc -- equally formidable behind a computer, in front of a crowd, or even sampling soil (who knew!?) pic.twitter.com/5SE0V8bEuv— Dana James (@dmjames_) May 7, 2018
I’m one lucky #phd student to have TWO amazing supervisors who are equally kind, fiercely intelligent AND fun. @NRamankutty @HWittmanUBC my only complaint is how much you debate when we meet (jk it’s great) #DoubleTrouble #greatsupervisor @IRES_UBC @ubcfarm @LiuInstituteUBC— Susanna Klassen (@susanna_elsie) May 10, 2018
I am so fortunate to have a pair of supportive and caring supervisors. @NJLachowsky and @ethicalquandary. They do an amazing job of pushing me to be more reflective and engaged with what it means to engage with community #greatsupervisor #ubc— Blake Hawkins (@queerICT) May 11, 2018
Could not agree more @dean_nikolaus ! Thanks @ultreia1x for being an outstanding mentor. You push my thinking, always create a space where I feel heard, valued, and where can try out my ideas. Thank you also for always providing balanced, thoughtful, and selfless advice.— Erica Bennett (@val_erica) May 11, 2018
So privileged to have a #GreatSupervisor at #UBC to mentor me not only in science, but also in life, the universe, and everything. Thanks for your guidance and support @brian_macvicar ! pic.twitter.com/pjgs91zgUC— Eli York (@elimyork) May 11, 2018
Big thanks and much appreciation for my #GreatSupervisor Dr Dominique Weis at #UBC, whose passion for a challenge, support for her students, and leadership of the @PCIGR team is endlessly motivating!!— Rhy McMillan (@bioapatite) May 11, 2018
Heather O'Brien always makes time in her schedule for students. The best thing about her: she views our mistakes as opportunities to teach us something new. She's always positive about our work and ideas. I'm so grateful to have such an incredible advocate. #greatsupervisor #UBC— Amelia Cole (@ameliawcole) May 11, 2018
I am grateful for my research supervisor @MagedSenbel. He provides excellent guidance and feedback, while also allowing me the intellectual freedom to explore new ideas. Thank-you! #GreatSupervisor #UBC— Nicole Rallis (@NicoleRallis) May 11, 2018
So grateful to have such a brilliant, supportive, and encouraging mentor/supervisor! Thank you, Dr. Paul Yong for your patience and guidance over the last couple years. I am looking forward to learning more from you during my PhD. #GreatSupervisor #UBC @PelvicPainEndo— Natasha Orr (@NatashaLeighOrr) May 11, 2018
It is Supervisor Appreciation Week at #UBC, so I want to express my endless gratitude to my #greatsupervisor, the amazing @LiisaGalea, for her unwavering support and guidance. Her investment in our success as scientists and well-being as individuals is truly inspiring.— Rand Mahmoud (@Rand_Mah) May 11, 2018
I feel very fortunate to have Dr Rob Guy from @ubcforestry as my #GreatSupervisor for both my MSc and my PhD. It has been 7 amazing years of wise support and academic mentorship from him. He is a role model to me @UBCGradSchool— Estefanía Milla-More (@ea_mimo) May 13, 2018
We are so privileged to have a #GreatSupervisor who is knowledgeable, patient and a great clinician-scientist. Not only is @jillzwicker our mentor in research, but also incredibly supportive outside of the lab. From all of us at Zwicker Lab. #SupervisorAppreciationWeek @ubcgss— sara izadi (@saraizadin) May 14, 2018
My supervisor is very considerate and always thinks for his students! He is very patient in listening to our ideas and struggles, and always provides the greatest supports to us! I’m very honored to be his student.
— Yaxi Hu on Xiaonan Lu
My supervisors are Dr. Anne Phelan and Dr. David Coulter. I couldn't think of any other teacher who is a greater teacher than my supervisors. I am so blessed and fortunate to have them both. For me, they exemplify how a great teacher could be like. They not only inspire me intellectually, but also plant a seed of wonder in me, ignite the fire of my passions and keep them warm.
— Ying Ma on Anne Phelan and David Coulter
My supervisor, Dr. Han, is not only nice and kind but also she is always very supportive from so many different ways. She always open her doors for all students. She always listen to our voices. She always try to expand students' abilities and possibilities as much as possible.
— Kwang Dae (Mitsy) Chung on Sandrine Han
There are not many mentors with whom you can relax and be honest while knowing you’re going to get constructive and encouraging feedback. Dr. Theresa Rogers serves as a model for anyone seeking to become a more effective and thoughtful academic, teacher, or mentor of any kind. There's no comparison.
Dr. Theresa Rogers—for knowing how the “material and the dream can join;” for offering more honest feedback and support than any mentor I’ve ever had; for invariably believing that I *can* “sustain the part”—despite my silly misgivings and self-doubt!
— Caroline Hamilton on Theresa Rogers
Izak is a true scholar, who always motivates sudents to achieve higher, who personalized his mentoring approach to each student, who will be a mentor for me forever.
— Bo Xiao on Izak Benbasat
Jess practices the kind of academic feedback she teaches: using critique to make others' work better rather than tearing it apart or trying to mold it into a different project. Her feedback is incredibly helpful for helping me identify exactly where I need to clarify my thinking without pushing me into a particular direction. She also has a wonderful way of cultivating community among her students. Even though (as human geographers) none of us work in a lab together, Jess still convenes regular "lab meetings" where everyone checks in with each other and discusses questions/difficulties/progress/goals over food and drinks in addition to checking in with us all individually. I feel really fortunate to work with Jess as my supervisor.
— Mollie Holmberg on Jessica Dempsey
Villy has always given me the freedom and encouragement to work on a broad set of topics beyond my thesis work, and I am trully thankful for his helpful guidance.
— Abdulrahman Ben Hasan on Villy Christensen
Some people do what they are called to do in life, and we know that because we can see the passion, patience and interest they have for what they do and the interest they have in helping who is around them. Dr. Froese transmits his love and encourages us to do our best with his help and feedbacks making a difference and contributing to the success of the project/ research and the student. I am thankful to God for his life.
— Suzana Carla Nunes Lins Espindola on Thomas Froese
Brian Klinkenberg gives all of his time and attention to his students. He has never given me the impression that he doesn't want to help, whether it's advice for a presentation, edits for a paper, or a meeting to move a group project forward. Even on the busiest days, he balances working with his graduate students, teaching courses, attending meetings, and still making time to guide his undergrads. And bonus: he always brings in cookies!
— Emily Acheson on Brian Klinkenberg
A big thank you to Dr. Anne Gadermann for letting me think outside the box, for supporting my dreams, and for being a fantastic role model for academic integrity!
— Verena Rossa on Anne Gadermann
She is amazing! It is a real pleasure to work and learn from her. She is pacient and sweet with outstanding suggestions and ideas. She makes me feel comfortable and generates a great environment for brain storming and always has new insights to offer, my supervisor is great like no other!
— Natali Chizik on Emma Cunliffe
I am pleased to have Dr. Nielsen as a supervisor for my PhD studies at UBC. For the past three years, I got to know an incredibly nice and supportive mentor that always guides me towards my goals. My vision to discover new and better ways to improve breast cancer patients’ lives brought me 10,000km across the world to work under the supervision of Dr. Nielsen as an expert leader in the field. He provided me with the ideal learning atmosphere of skills, knowledge, resources, leadership and supportive interpersonal relationship to help achieve my goals. He diligently encourages me to maximize my potentials and draw up plans of actions to succeed all along the path of my career.
— Karama Asleh on Torsten Nielsen
Amy is inspiring! Always provides critical yet gentle feedback & I want to be like her when I grow up.
— Linda Pickthall on Amy Metcalfe
Tom is an expert in his field of international studies and shares his knowledge freely, I enjoy working with him!
— Linda Pickthall on Tom Sork
Alison provides gentle guidance and support! My critical thinking & writing skills are better because of her!
— Linda Pickthall on Alison Taylor
So grateful for our #GreatSupervisor Dr. Brian Wilson @ubccss @UBCKin @UBCEduc who is not only an exemplary scholar but also a role model human with his thoughtful kindness, humility, and patience. You're pretty much the supervisor lottery jackpot -- thank you, everyday!
— 'Sport, Environment, Peace, Media' group on Brian Wilson
Great mentor and inspiration. Brilliant and approachable. Always finding new opportunities for students. Thanks!
— Gabrielle Menard on James Vercammen
Dr Hackett is an all-round great supervisor and scientist. As my supervisor during my PhD and now for my post-doctoral fellowship, Dr Hackett has been an amazing mentor. She has been totally dedicated in helping me succeed with every project I have worked on and pays particular attention to every detail of my development as a young scientist. I have been very lucky to have her as my supervisor. #GreatSupervisor #DrTillieHackett
— Emmanuel Osei on Tillie Louise Hackett
So grateful to have such an inspiring, encouraging and supportive supervisor in Dr. Bainbridge. Thank you for all the time, energy and enthusiasm you bring to supporting me through this process!
— Deetria Egeli on Lesley Bainbridge
Tillie is an amazing professional and human bean. She is a talented researcher who knows how to bring her team together, challenging us to break our own barriers and excel in many areas. As if being competent professionally wasn't enough, Tillie is a caring person who makes us feel welcomed, "protected" and understood beyond our professional duties. She understands very well that everyone has a life and she is always there helping us and cheering for us, every step along the way.
— Leila Mostaço-Guidolin on Tillie-Louise Hackett
Prof. Beasley-Murray is a supervisor who does not hold your hand in this journey called 'PhD' so you can discover your true potentialities and present some unique and brilliant idea to the world. Instead, he watches you carefully and when you are lost, he shows you a light to help you get back on track. A modest 'Thank you' is not enough to express how grateful I am for all the help, support and valuable feedback I have received from you. This dissertation would not be same without you as my supervisor.
— Upasana Thakkar on Jon Beasley-Murray
Tillie is a fantastic and supportive supervisor. She is so dedicated to her students and the research we undertake - always responding to emails and working late into the night!! She will also go above and beyond what most people would do to help you out on a personal level. Exemplified by her continually writing detailed references for previous students who call her up out of the blue 5 or more years after they have left the lab; or by helping you out with all of the immigration paperwork and nonsense that international students have to go through. She has been a fabulous mentor to me personally, allowing me the freedom to embrace my inner mad scientist and supporting me throughout the PhD. It has honestly been a great privilege to work along side such an exceptional & inspirational scientist and leader. #GreatSupervisor!
— Steve Booth on Tillie-Louise Hackett
Can't begin to tell you how much i appreciate your willingness to co-supervise me in my PhD program. i am grateful for your commitment to provide a conducive academic environment to learn from your wealth of knowledge and experience. Thank you for been so extra supportive. You are amazing!
— Ibukun Kayode on Helen Brown and Laura Nimmon
I offer my heartfelt thanks to Drs. Shannon Kolind and Anthony Traboulsee, who have taught me more than I could ever learned in a classroom. They have provided me with unconditional support and care, and encouraged critical thinking and professional growth. Even during their busy schedules, they regularly met with me to ensure that I was meeting my goals and had all necessary resources. I am very grateful for their mentorship, trust and guidance! #GreatSupervisor week at #UBC.
— Lisa Eunyoung Lee on Shannon Kolind and Anthony Traboulsee
She believed in me before I believed in myself.
— Alice Wang on Tai Smith
I am grateful for my research supervisor @MagedSenbel. He provides excellent guidance and feedback, while also allowing me the intellectual freedom to explore new ideas. Thank-you! #GreatSupervisor #UBC
— Nicole Rallis on Maged Senbel
Can’t let great supervisor week at UBC pass without saying thank you to Dr. Cheryl Gregory-Evans So proud to work with her. Through her patience, understanding and great attitude, I built confidence and self-esteem in research and science in general. She created just the perfect environment for any individual in her lab and despite all her other commitments, she sets aside time for each member to discuss progress and be there whenever they need her. I always get inspired by her passion in running a marathon and sharing with us all the efforts she put ( proud of her). I’m grateful to have a brilliant, wise and super competent supervisor. Thank you for making my grad’s journey at UBC wonderful and invaluable.
— Aisha Soliman on Cheryl Gregory-Evans
I would like to thank my Supervisor Dr. Mohamed Bedaiwy, for all the guidance, encouragement and advice he has provided up till now to bring out the best in me. I have been extremely lucky to have a supervisor like Dr.Bedaiwy, who cared so much about my work, and who responded to my questions and queries so promptly. He is extremely knowledgeable, excellent and unremarkable in everything he does. He is the best Doctor and a role model not only for me, but for the whole department and other students too. I am grateful to you Dr.Bedaiwy for giving me the opportunity to work with you. Your guidance will definitely help me brighten my career and professional life. I would like to express my gratitude to you for being such an inspiration. Thanks for teaching me so much.
— Sunaina Sharma on Mohamed Bedaiwy
Dr. Nashon’s genuine care and support is truly admirable. He believes in supporting and educating the whole person by caring for their wellbeing and intellectual development. I am truly thankful for his support.
— Hunter Kshamta on Samson Nashon
I want to thank my great supervisor, Dr Jennifer Vadeboncoeur because she had taught me the difference between being a student and being a learner. Her invaluable guidance has pushed me beyond my limits not only as a researcher but as a person.
— Natacha Monestal Mora on Jennifer A. Vedeboncoeur
I feel so fortunate to have Sally and Fuchsia as my doctoral supervisors. As an international student, they are the kind of supervisors I need to be successful. Early on in my first year when I was struggling to balance between my son and study, they both showed their understanding and support. We are able to meet when necessary and they always provide detailed and constructive feedback which has provided me with the impetus I needed to develop the functional skills and knowledge for this evolving learning experience. I could not be more happy for their mentorship including other occasions for which I owe them gratitude. Many thanks to Sally and Fuchsia.
— Abosede Ojerinde on Sally Thorne and Fuchsia Howard
Dr. Janette Bulkan is a #GreatSupervisor because of her support and guidance since resuming my MSc program in September, 2017. The many moments of interactions with her both personally and during classes has increased my passion to research on issues in community forestry and governance system in the natural resource management. She's particularly a leading scholar in this field with many colleagues and collaborators globally. Thanks to Janette for supervising my Masters degree.
— Samuel Adeyanju on Janette Bulkan
#GreatSupervisor #UBC And I want to sincerely thank my wonderful supervisor Dr Tal Jarus for her unwavering support. I have learnt so much under her mentorship and I am very privileged to have a very great doctoral supervisor. Thank so much Tal!
— Parisa on Tal Jarus