APECS Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association (ASA) would like to recognize and honor the efforts of their mentors within the polar science community of Canada. This award has been created to acknowledge the time and energy that mentors dedicate to early career researchers each year, and their efforts in building a supportive community.
To be eligible for this award the candidate must have contributed significantly over a period of several years to the mentoring and fostering of polar early career researchers in Canada. Mentors from a variety of background are eligible for this award, including academia, industry, professionals, community members, Elders, educators, public servants, etc. While candidates for the award may also be mentoring polar early career researchers that are not current ehPECS or ASA members, those putting forward nominations must be members of APECS Canada or the ASA.
To be considered, all candidates must be nominated by a current/former student, peers and/or colleagues. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
To nominate a candidate the nominator must provide the Award Committee Chair with a nomination letter that includes:
1. the candidate’s name and position
2. a description of how the mentor has mentored based on the determined criteria and fostered early career polar researchers (max 1000 words).
3. the candidate's curriculum vitae / resumé.
All nomination packages will be distributed to the Award Committee by the Chair.
Nominations are due September 15th (Midnight PDT) of each year.
If a nominated mentor does not receive the award in the year of submission, they will automatically be considered for the following two years (three year total). After this, a mentor's nomination will need to be re-submitted.
Review: All nominations under consideration will be reviewed by the Award Committee made up of 3-6 members from APECS Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association.
Criteria: Each of the below categories will be ranked for each candidate
- Meaningful engagement with the early career researcher
- Originality of support/mentoring
- Impact of the support/mentoring
- Variety of mentees the mentor has supported
- Variety of mentoring opportunities provided (field work, conferences, meetings, leadership, community interactions)
Decision: The final decision will be made by consensus of the Award committee.
Each year the mentor award will be presented at the ArcticNet Annual Science Meeting, if the recipient cannot make the award ceremony, someone can receive it in their place.
The Chair will coordinate with the ArcticNet Student Association for the presentation ceremony.
The current committee consists of:
Rudolf Riedlsperger, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Laurent Gosselin, WSP Group Canada – Environment and Geotechnics
Kate Snow, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Marianne Falardeau-Côté, McGill University
Gen Lalonde, University of Guelph
Nikolaus Gantner, Trent University, ex-officio chair