Achievements and Recognition

Our colleagues are doing exceptional things every day. Here you can find updates on some of the many achievements of our community.

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Researchers of the Year recognized in the Okanagan

From March 6 to 10, 2017, UBC’s Okanagan campus marked Celebrate Research Week with a series of public events highlighting current research projects. At the end of this week, the campus also recognized its Researchers of the Year.

A tie was declared for Researcher of the Year award between Professor Michael Deyholos (Natural Sciences) and Associate Professor Jonathan Holzman (Engineering).

Professor Susan Frohlick was named Social Sciences and Humanities Researcher of the Year, and Assistant Professor Mary Jung was awarded the Health Researcher of the Year.

Congratulations to all of the award winners.

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Tara Moreau and the Physical Activity Research Centre recognised at the Awards of Excellence

The City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievements made by individuals and organizations in five categories of achievement that benefit everyone by making Vancouver more green, healthy, diverse, and accessible.

There were a number of awards that celebrated the success of members of the UBC community, including:

The Physical Activity Research Centre (PARC), a community-based research facility that is part of the Faculty of Medicine’s spinal cord injury research centre at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (I-CORD), was given the Accessible City award (organization category). This award recognizes outstanding leadership to enhance accessibility, inclusion, and elimination of barriers to full participation for persons with disabilities.

Dr. Tara Moreau Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs in the Faculty of Science, was given the Greenest City Leadership award (individual category). This award recognizes individuals or groups who enhance or advance the City’s Greenest City Action Plan goals.

See the full list of winners.


Announcing the 2016/17 Student Development Award recipients

The Office of the Vice-President, Students is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016-2017 Student Development Awards. 

Each year, the adjudication committee has the opportunity to learn about many of the remarkable ways teams and individuals strive to enhance the UBC student experience.  Each nomination is deserving of recognition.  This year’s award winners highlight the outstanding contributions made each day.

Please join us in congratulating the 2016-2017 Student Development Award recipients: (more…)


Kathleen Martin Ginis named Distinguished University Scholar

Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis in the Faculty of Health and Social Development’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan, has been named a UBC Distinguished University Scholar.

This prestigious distinction recognizes exceptional members of UBC faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars in research and/or teaching and learning, or who have the potential to demonstrate such leadership.

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Faculty Research Award winners announced for 2016

The outstanding ideas, innovations, and discoveries of UBC researchers are improving lives around the world.

As part of recognizing these achievements, UBC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Faculty Research Awards. Winners were selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, applied science, science, and medicine.

The Office of the Vice President Research will host an awards reception on on April 5, 2017.

Congratulations to all recipients!

Jacon Biely Research Prize

UBC’s premier award for research 

UBC Killam Research Fellowships

Enabling faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave

Junior Category:

UBC Killam Research Prizes

Recognizing outstanding research and scholarly contributions

Arts & Humanities

Junior Category:

Senior Category:

Applied Science, Sciences

Senior Category:

Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research

Recognizing demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research by a young faculty member

Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing Arts

Biennial award recognizing faculty who have made outstanding contributions to (and performances in) art, music, creative writing, theatre or film

President’s Award for Public Education through Media

Celebrating active and creative sharing of research expertise through news media

More information

Learn more and see past recipients.


Nadia Khan named President of Hypertension Canada

Nadia Khan, Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine named President of Hypertension Canada. Dr. Nadia Khan is also a scientist at the Center for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences (CHEOS), and a general internist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Dr. Khan was elected to Hypertension Canada’s Board in 2013. Dr. Khan was a member of the Central Review Committee for the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) from 2002 to 2013, and is Chair of Hypertension Canada’s Research Policy Committee.

In this role, Dr. Khan will continue to help build on the excellent foundation from Ernesto Schiffrin, immediate Past-President. She will continue to lead the world in early detection of high blood pressure, its treatment and overall management.

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