Calling for Research Excellence Award Nominations


Research Excellence Award 2017 Nomination Package

Each year UFV recognizes individual research excellence through its Research Excellence Award. Those eligible for nomination include all UFV B faculty who have completed their probationary period or sessional instructors who have a cumulative equivalent of two years teaching time at UFV.

Selection criteria include innovation, academic impact, mentorship, and interface of teaching and research. Emphasis will be placed on work accomplished as a member of the UFV community but may include additional achievements within the past five years.

Award recipients receive a plaque with the award recipient’s name, a framed certificate, as well as an award of $2,500. The monetary award will be administered by the university to support the award recipient’s continuing research development.

Nominations will be accepted from B faculty, sessional faculty, or university administrators. Members of the Senate Research Committee may not nominate candidates, and no one may nominate himself or herself for this award.

Nominees from the past two years are automatically included in the nominations for this year.  Nominators have the option to:

  • Let the nomination stand as submitted; or
  • Let the nomination stand and provide a brief update; or
  • Withdraw the nomination upon the nominee's request (they must complete a withdrawal form for this)

Completed nomination packages should be submitted confidentially to Kelly Tracey, Research Services, G290 Abbotsford campus. For more information contact Kelly Tracey, 604-504-7441 x4819 or

Research Excellence Award Procedures

Board Policy on Academic Excellence Awards - BRP-235.03 

 2016 Award Recipient Dr. Derek Harnett

 Associate Professor, Physics

 Harnett's research explores things we can't see and that might not exist.

 And it's vital.

 A world-recognized expert in quantum chromodynamics (QCD) sum-rule methods, Harnett's work isn't easily understood by the layperson, but it's heralded within the physics community. His  research - fuelled by insatiable curiosity and funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada - paved his way to receiving UFV's 2016 Research Excellence Award. 

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‌Past Research Excellence award recipients

2015 Receipient

Dr. Lenore Newman, Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment, Director, Agriurban Research Centre, Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment 


2014 Recipient

‌Dr. Michael Gaetz, Kinesiology and Physical Education

2013 Recipient

Dr. Noham Weinberg, Chemistry

2012 Recipient

Dr. Olav Lian, Geography and the Environment

Research Excellence Award

The Board of Governors and the Senate recognize academic excellence in research, teaching, and other scholarly activities that support student learning and enrich educational programs at UFV.

The Research Excellence Award is presented each year to a UFV faculty member whose research has demonstrates innovation, mentorship, academic impact, and an interface of teaching and research.

Research Excellence Award nomination packages for 2016 will be available in October 2015.

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