R2R Research Mentor System at UFV

The purpose of the R2R mentor system is to provide faculty members with opportunities for success in the development of their research and scholarship program. A mentoring relationship benefits the faculty member, the mentor, and the university.

Faculty benefit because they receive assistance and feedback on their research and scholarship from a ‘seasoned’ faculty member who has a record of research and scholarly grants. Mentors gain satisfaction from helping faculty members by providing them with feedback and opening up possibilities of collaboration and connection to networks. Mentorship relationships promote collegiality and interdisciplinary work.

The office of Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies is committed to facilitating mentoring relationships to help increase productivity and commitment in research, scholarship, and the integration of research and scholarship into teaching.

If you would like assistance with a research grant application, please contact directly one of the R2R mentors listed below.

R2R Mentors

  • Dr. Garry Fehr, Geography & the Environment
  • Dr. Olav Lian, Geography & the Environment
  • Dr. Lenore Newman, Canada Research Chair in Food Security & the Environment
  • Dr. Scott Sheffield, History
  • Dr. Noham Weinberg, Chemistry

Dr. Garry Fehr, Geography & the Environment

 Dr. Garry Fehr  

Dr. Garry Fehr holds a PhD from Guelph University, is the Director of the UFV Agrigulture Centre for Excellence (ACE) and has an appointment in the Department of Geography at UFV. His research interests include the inter-related themes of rural livelihoods, resource management, political ecology, local governance, and community development. Geographically, the research has focused predominantly in South Asia and more recently here at home in British Columbia. Dr. Fehr is engaged in Participatory Action Research in partnership with Panjab University and local NGOs to empower children and youth in peer-to-peer methodologies of community development in the colonies near Chandigargh. Dr. Fehr is the recipient of several Shastri Grants and CIDA-AUCC grants. Many of the internships he has supervised are linked to the research projects in British Columbia, Chandigargh, and Maharashtra, India. ACE facilitates knowledge transfer by acting as a coordinating hub to bring together expertise from established institutions and organizations in areas of plant and animal production, food safety, agribusiness, policy, and technology development.

Dr. Olav Lian, Geography & the Environment

   Dr. Olav Lian

Dr. Olav Lian holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario. He is a UFV Research Excellence Award winner and a recipient of several NSERC grants. Dr. Lian’s research examines how the landscape in western Canada adjusted after the last ice age, and how it has responded to subsequent changes in climate. By understanding how the physical environment has responded to past changes in climate, it may be possible to predict the impact of future changes on the stability of our fragile landscape. To help find when these changes happened, and to be able to link them to intervals of past climate change, Dr. Lian uses a technique called luminescence dating, which allows one to date when grains of sand buried within a landscape were last exposed to sunlight — or when that landscape was last unstable.

Dr. Lenore Newman, Canada Research Chair in Food Security & the Environment

 Dr. Lenore Newman  

Dr. Lenore Newman is the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment and a member of the Geography department at UFV. Dr. Newman’s research interests include food security; sustainable food systems/urban food systems; place, space, and urban nature; and urban spatial geography. She holds a PhD and a master’s degree, both in environmental studies, from York University. Her investigations include a focus on Canada’s foodways and how cuisine shapes identity. The location of UFV in rural zone at the edge of a growing metropolis provides a perfect venue for her research, although her scope is also nationwide. Dr. Newman is also interested in how farming families and communities are coping with the changing nature of agriculture, development pressures, and other challenges. She is a recipient of SSHRC and CFI grants.

Dr. Scott Sheffield, History

  Dr. Scott Sheffield

Dr. Scott Sheffield holds a PhD from Wilfred Laurier University. He has spent the two decades of research and publication on the subject of Indigenous people and the Second World War. He is working on a major comparative study of Indigenous peoples’ participation in, and experience of, the Second World War in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. His second main research program is focussed on the experience of the Second World War in British Columbia. His areas of specialization include Canadian, Settler-Indigenous relations, military, race, and New Zealand. Dr. Scheffield is a SSHRC grant recipient.

Dr. Noham Weinberg, Chemistry

  Dr. Noham Weinberg

Dr. Noham Weinberg received an MSc in physical chemistry from Moscow State University in 1976 and a PhD in theoretical chemistry from Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, in 1981. He joined the Chemistry department of the then University College of the Fraser Valley in 1994. The UFV Molecular Modeling Lab was established on his initiative in 2001. In the Molecular Modeling Lab, researchers use methods of computational chemistry to predict chemical effects of high pressures and gauge them quantitatively. More than 50 UFV students received research training in this lab. Dr. Weinberg is a Research Excellence Award winner and a recipient of NSERC grants.

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