YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award: 2015 recipients
Molecular Science Graduate Program, Department of Chemistry and Biology
Costin Antonescu's tireless efforts to build an exceptional graduate learning environment both in his own research group and, more broadly, the Molecular Science graduate program qualify him for this award. Costin has shaped the research environment in our department through organization of the Department's research symposium (Science-at-the-Interface), where we showcase the research of our graduate students, coordination of collaborative meetings with like-minded researchers in four Ryerson laboratories and six research groups at St. Michael's hospital to broaden exposure and research opportunities for our students. Costin is a faculty member whose full investment in graduate education at Ryerson bridges a wide diversity of activities, elevates the graduate program and has made a fundamental impact on the lives of many Ryerson graduates.
Psychology Graduate Program, Department of Psychology
Martin Antony was instrumental in the development and launch of the MA/PhD program in Psychology at Ryerson and was its first Graduate Program Director from 2007 until 2011. Dr. Antony has shown tireless dedication to graduate education throughout his career. He is a generous, sought-after mentor who provides trainees with ample opportunity to conduct and disseminate high quality research. He models professionalism and respect in his interactions with students, faculty and staff. Dr. Antony is also a highly effective instructor whose teaching methods bridge classroom learning with real world application. Dr. Antony advocates for the training needs of graduate students and is invested in their professional success. He played a major role in the development of Psychology's training clinic and has delivered numerous workshops and talks to prepare graduate students at Ryerson for careers in psychology.
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Graduate Program, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Habiba Bougherara's research focuses on the development of a new family of bone mimicking implants that are closer to real bone than current metal implants. Dr. Bougherara has strong national and international collaborations. Her team is among the first in Canada to explore the use of green material for biomedical implants. Her research is supported by several Canadian granting agencies and industrials. She is the recipient of the prestigious early research award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. She is two times recipient of the Dean's scholarly, research and creative activity award and also winner of the collaborative research award. Since joining Ryerson, Dr. Bougherara has published more than 60 journal papers in distinguished peer-reviewed journals, 45 conference proceedings, 6 book chapters and issued two patents and trained more than 50 HQPs.
Master of Business Administration Program, Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Ken Grant is known for his outstanding contribution to MBA students in the Ted Rogers School of Management. Ken has been teaching in the MBA program and actively assisting students with their research since 2006 when the program was launched. Students praise Ken's classes for their relevance and currency and appreciate his passion for business technology, consulting and entrepreneurship. Ken has provided stimulating mentorship for many students whom he has supervised for their capstone MBA project. Ken has also played a major role in case competitions, which are the hallmark of the MBA program. He is supportive of any student activity that will enhance their careers and he volunteers for many activities.
Master of Digital Media Program and Master of Professional Communication Program, RTA School of Media
Jaigris Hodson has been instrumental in the development of course content, teaching, research and entrepreneurial mentorship to graduate students in the Master of Digital Media (MDM) program, the Advanced Digital and Professional Training – Information Communications Technology (ADaPT-ICTs) program and the Master of Professional Communication (MPC) program. Jaigris' knowledge of digital culture and behavioural analytics using digital media-based tools are highly regarded by her students, academic researchers and industry professionals. As brilliant as Dr. Hodson is, the unique personal traits that stand out for her graduate students are the enthusiasm, approachability, encouragement and joy that she exhibits in helping them realize their academic, career and entrepreneurial goals. Jaigris is often described as an ideal role model for graduate students.