SGS ROCKStar Supervisor Award

In the fall of 2019, the School of Graduate Studies started a new annual award to celebrate outstanding faculty supervisors. We asked all units with graduate programs to formulate their own nomination process, one that included the input of graduate students. The result of that process is that these 15 faculty members have been selected by their home academic unit to be one of the inaugural SGS ROCKStar Supervisors. This recognition testifies to the care and dedication they offer graduate students every day, and we are very pleased to celebrate them and their work.

A “rockstar” is someone who is admired, respected, sought after, and delivers on their product. This expression might conjure up imagery of musicians who’ve had long and distinguished careers; however, the term also applies to other professionals with stellar qualities – someone with integrity, a proven ability to get things done, a passion for their craft, and a desire to mentor up and coming stars. We know Memorial’s ROCKStar supervisors are known for their mentorship, their passion for student success, and their abilities to support students to be better. Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the 2019-2020 SGS ROCKStar Supervisors, wearing their Rockstar hats.

Thank you for everything you do for graduate students at Memorial University.

ROCKStar Supervisor Recipients 2020:

Janet Brunton, Department of Biochemistry

Danine Farquharson, Department of English

Ian Fleming, Department of Ocean Sciences

Jay Foster, Department of Philosophy

Kathleen Gordon, Department of Anthropology

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Arn Keeling, Department of Geography

Antonina Kolokolova, Department of Computer Science

Scott Matthews, Department of Political Science

Jeffrey Parsons, Faculty of Business Administration

Michelle Ploughman, Faculty of Medicine

Kevin Power, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

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