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Research Excellence Award

The UFV Board of Governors and 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 demonstrated innovation, mentorship, academic impact, and an interface of teaching and research.

Senate accepts Faculty Excellence Award nominations annually each fall. For more information, please email UFVSecretariat@ufv.ca.

2023 Research Excellence Award recipient

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Edward Akuffo, PhD
UFV Department of Political Science

“Research really defines society,” he says. “The more we study relationships, the more we produce new ideas which we can translate into policy. My hope with doing research is that it’ll lead to transformation not only in the classroom but also in the world.” — Dr. Edward Akuffo

 

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'For Akuffo’s achievements and success stemming from his passion and interest for research into foreign policy, he is this year’s recipient of UFV’s Research Excellence award.

For Akuffo, it is the impact his work can have on the bigger picture that motivates him.

“Research really defines society,” he says.

“The more we study relationships, the more we produce new ideas which we can translate into policy. My hope with doing research is that it’ll lead to transformation not only in the classroom but also in the world.”'

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Past Research Excellence Award recipients

2022 | Dr. James Bedard, Biology
2021 | Dr. Scott Sheffield, History
2020 | Dr. Robert Harding, Social Work and Human Services
2019 | Dr. Irwin Cohen, Criminology and Criminal Justice
2018 | Dr. Kathy Keiver, Kinesiology
2017 | Dr. Miriam Nichols, English
2016 | Dr. Derek Harnett, Physics
2015 | Dr. Lenore Newman, Agriculture, Geography and the Environment
2014 | Dr. Michael Gaetz, Kinesiology and Physical Education
2013 | Dr. Noham Weinberg, Chemistry
2012 | Dr. Olav Lian, Geography and the Environment

"(Research has) been a really sweet way to optimize my time at school. Looking back, I’m so grateful that I did this. It has truly been a highlight to work under Shelley (Canning). She has been a wonderful mentor and has impacted me and my nursing practice immensely."

  • – Rosaley Klassen
  •    BSN

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