We would like to congratulate our former Director, Dr. Ori Rotstein, on receiving the JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award, which recognizes outstanding performance in the multiple roles associated with doctoral supervision. The award ceremony was held at the School of Graduate Studies Awards and Fellowships Reception on May 29th, at the Faculty Club.
JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award:
This is the fifth year of the annual JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision award. The award recognizes active graduate faculty members who demonstrate excellence in supervision by:
- inspiring and guiding students to reach excellence in scholarship;
- providing an environment that is supportive and stimulating;
- positioning students for future careers both within and outside academe;
- fostering a strong sense of academic integrity.
Dr. Ori Rotstein, Institute of Medical Science: Dr. Rotstein became a graduate faculty member in the Institute of Medical Science in 1986. Since then, he has trained a total of 24 graduate students for MSc and PhD degrees. He leads what Dr. Mingyao Liu, current Director of U of T’s Institute of Medical Science, describes as “a distinguished double career as a surgeon scientist and as a graduate educator.” In addition to serving as mentors to trainees, faculty, and staff at IMS, he is Surgeon-in-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital. According to former students, Dr. Rotstein has been a source of inspiration throughout their training and in their present careers: “Ori’s supervision of our graduate studies took each of us from a state of undifferentiated uncertainty about our interest in academic surgery to a state of passionate and life-long engagement in scientific investigation with labs and graduate students of our own.”