Presidential Honours for Martin Gibala
Kinesiology Professor and Faculty of Science Research Chair Martin Gibala is one of four McMaster faculty members to be recognized with 2021 President's Awards for Excellence in Graduate Supervision.
Administered by the School of Graduate Studies, the award was also given to Jason Busse with Health Research Methodology, Jamal Deen with Biomedical Engineering and Michel Grignon with Health, Aging & Society & Economics.
The award recognizes faculty members who've demonstrated excellent supervisory and mentorship skills. Nominations, which require letters of support from graduate alumni and current students, are reviewed by the Associate Deans of the School of Graduate Studies.
Martin currently supervises two PhD students and two MSc students in his Human Performance Lab. Over the years, Martin has supervised eight PhD and 15 MSc students to completion as well as more than 50 students completing undergraduate thesis projects and research placements.
“Supervising trainees is one of the best parts of my job," says Martin. "It's very rewarding to collaborate on an idea and see it through to project completion. My students have taught me to take chances and this has often involved them pursuing new approaches and techniques. In the process, they've advanced the overall impact of our work. I'm extremely grateful.”
Marie Elliot, Chair of the Department of Biology and a Faculty of Science Research Chair,was the 2020 award recipient in the Faculty of Science.