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GREATsupervisor Appreciation, Sept. 19 - 23, 2016

Welcome to our third annual GREATsupervisor Appreciation week! 
This is where we celebrate UCalgary Supervisors and all that they do for their students. If you think your Graduate Supervisor is great, send your kudos on social media using #GREATsupervisor, or tell us why by leaving a comment below.
You can also print out this form and write down what you are thankful for and post this form to your supervisor's door. To make Supervisor Appreciation week even better for your Supervisors, consider directly telling them what you appreciate about they do for you.
See some amazing student appreciation from 2014 and 2015


Submitted by Jie Zhan on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:34pm

Dr. Zhangxing (John) Chen is an amazing supervisor. You could get the guidance and support from him when you get lost in both life and academics. I feel honored to be part of the group. And I would take the chance to express the sincerest gratitude to him.

Submitted by Osama Al-Sehail on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:14pm

I wish to express my gratitude to my supervisor Dr Branko Kolarevic in EVDS . I am so lucky to have him as a supervisor on my PhD research. His invaluable guidance, patience, and inspiration will always be appreciated. Thank you!

Submitted by Chongchong Wu on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 1:26pm

Thank you for all of your great help to me. I could not imagine how my life would be like if I am not your student now. Thanks for all your help and inspiration. You are not only supervisors in my study, you are also the mentors in my life. Being your student is the most luckiest thing since I came to Canada. Thank you.

Submitted by Nico Li on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 1:18pm

Dr. Ehud Sharlin is an unbelievably friendly, patient, supportive, and insightful professor.
And he teaches ROBOTICS!

Submitted by Rola kutby on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:06pm

I want to thank Dr.Cartar the best supervisor evey. Thank you for making the lab home away from home. Thank you for believing on me.

Submitted by Mari on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:15am

Dr. Shawn Marshall is a terrific supervisor, professional researcher and wonderful mentor. I remember when I became his student I didn’t have any confidence on my own works and how he trusted me, rebuilt my confidence, made me to believe my abilities and provided amazing support all the time. Shawn is cool, calm, friendly, positive and makes environment of science enjoyable.
It is a huge honor being your student Shawn! I hope I can repay all your kindness and be a good researcher like you one day. You are unparalleled.
Thank you

Submitted by Ernest Darko on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:46am

I want to express my gratitude for the great mentoring and support you provide me and the rest of the group. You are a great leader who ensures growth and development of an individual and I would like to say thank you

Submitted by Soraya Villalobos on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:46am

I wish to express my gratitude to my supervisor Dr. Jana Vamosi. Thanks for guiding and supporting my professional journey. You are an inspiring model of creativity, intelligence and balance.

Submitted by Umer on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:42am

Dr. E.P.L Roberts is one of the best ever supervisors of Univeristy of Calgary. He is such a cool and helping person. I am having best time of life with him as his graduate student.

Submitted by Hamideh Eskandari on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:33am

I’m so grateful that you are my Supervisor. Your invaluable guidance, patience, and inspiration will always be appreciated.

Submitted by Alyssa Haggard on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:33am

Thank you, Dr. Kathryn Reese-Taylor, for your mentorship. I am grateful to have you as a supervisor and mentor. You are there to listen when I need it and constantly supportive, even when I change my mind about my thesis. Thank you!

Submitted by Gabrielle Lindstrom on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:49am

I just want to tell my supervisors how much I appreciate their guidance and patience. They are my role models!!! I want to thank them for all they do and for who they are!

Submitted by Fanhui Zeng on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:38am

It is my great honor to join Dr. John Chen's group. Thanks for his kindeness accepting me
working in his group as a visiting shcolar.He is very patient, I got careful guidance from him. Thank you!

Submitted by Supun De Silva on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 7:34am

Dear Dr. Michal Okoniewski,

You are the best graduate supervisor one could ever have. Thanks for all the inspiration, motivation, support, and immense knowledge given to me.

I consider it as a privilege to work with you.

Submitted by Fatemeh on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:38pm

Dr. Roberts, Thank you so much for everything you have done to help your students. I am truly thankful for your help, guidance, and your patience. I sincerely appreciate you helping me to work in your group.

Submitted by Roger Francis on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:47pm

Dr. Kawalilak has been a source of strength for mein more ways than one.
I wrote the following words in the acknowledgements of my dissertation:
"Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, my doctoral supervisor and also one of my professors. You have been my rock and an unfailing support to me. I cannot find the words to tell you how much you mean to me. You pushed me when I needed it, you encouraged me and you helped me keep my footing. I thank God for bringing you into my life. You are simply amazing!!!!!! You are an exceptional academic and the best supervisor a doctoral student could ask for. Colleen, your exceptional enactment of the supervisory role, and your commitment to excellence, have transformed me personally and professionally."

Submitted by Wanqiang Xiong on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:04pm

Dr. Zhangxing (John) Chen is a super nice professor! I would like to take this chance to express my sincerest gratitude to him for his time, guidance and support!

Submitted by Margaret Cramm on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:14pm

Thanks for the abundance of opportunities I have been given working in the EBG lab! Not only do I respect you as a researcher and science visionary but I am constantly impressed by your humility and efforts to make our lab a diverse and equitable workplace. Thanks, Casey! You're the best!

Submitted by Anon on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 8:31pm

Dr. Amedegnato is an approachable and considerate person with lots of expertise in the field and a good sense of humour, who is great to have as a teacher and a supervisor. Thank you!

Submitted by C G on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 8:12pm

Thanks so much for being a reliable source of rigor in an otherwise soft discipline. I would have been irretrievably jaded without you and never probed so many interesting nascent sub-fields without your insightful primings. Thanks

Submitted by Rahul Raut on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 7:44pm

One of the most humblest person I have ever met! A terrific supervisor and a keen researcher. I am really thankful to him for all the support he has given through all these years at work and beyond.
What do you need more being a graduate student - a humble mentor to support you when you need it the most. Thank you again for the opportunity you provided, could not have asked more than this!

Submitted by Kanhaiya Sinha on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 7:14pm

Professor Chad,
thanks for all your help and guidance - you are the best.

Submitted by Sayed Metwaly on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 5:44pm

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Brent for his constant support, guidance and understanding. I feel fortunate to have him as my supervisor.

Submitted by Jawad on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 5:40pm

Dear Dr. Katz,

Thanks a lot for your guidance, support and help at every step of this journey.

Submitted by Yalda on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 5:23pm

I am thankful of my great supervisor for all of his support. He is wonderful, and always encourages me for the best. Prof. Sundararaj, you are the best supervisor ever!

Submitted by Shasta Webb on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:42pm

Excellent supervisor and mentor for research, professional development, work/life balance, and beyond. I am so grateful to be a member of the Melin Lab!

Submitted by Xinfeng Jia on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:08pm

Thank you for providing me such a good opportunity to work in an exceptional research group. You have a great heart!

Submitted by Gloria on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07pm

I am thankful for the guidance and support Dr. Voordouw gives to everyone in his research group.

Submitted by Chiwuike Sochi ... on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:06pm

Embarking on a PhD is one of life's journey's that one is better off embarking on with the right supervisor. Working with Dr. Pedersen over the course of my first year on the program has been a great delight. Per, your deep thinking and critical analysis is very much appreciated and your great personality is second to none. Working with you is an awesome experience. Thanks for being a great supervisor.

Submitted by John Cooper on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:58pm

Thank you Kaela for your guidance, support, motivation and focus. You kept me moving in the right direction all through the dissertation process, from initial discussions through to my defence, and your insight, deep subject-matter knowledge and expertise, sense of humour and unwavering encouragement were unparalleled. Thanks for being there for me.

Submitted by Ivan Ulovich on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:50pm

I would like to send special thanks and appreciations to Dr. Chen for his continuous help, support and understanding during my graduate studies and for the great honor to be a part of his group.

Submitted by Daniel on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:46pm

I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate my supervisor Dr. Zhangxing (John) Chen for the opportunity of studying in the group. You provide us the opportunity to find what we are interested in research. Thank you so much for your support and help to me and our group.

Submitted by Lucie on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:32pm

After a year into my PhD, I have never been so certain about my choice to join the Piers group. Warren is an awesome person to work with; he is pushing me forwards to become a true chemist every single day. I love the challenge, I like the group. Warren, thank you.

Submitted by Manar eltantawy on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:21pm

I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to pursue my graduate studies and being guided by u Dr .Orsel.
I can't express how much dealing with you gives me experience and forward pushes
I feel like i have a supporting backbone that always help and guide.

Submitted by Ngoc Nguyen on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:21pm

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my supervising professor, Dr. John Chen, for his support, advice, inspiration, and warm hearts during the last three years. I appreciate the time and effort he has expended on my behalf, analyzing and solving the problems I have faced. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that without his support and constant motivation, this journey would have been an extremely difficult one for me.

Dr. Chen has been spending all of his efforts and enthusiasm to create an amazing research group where all research fellows, academic staffs & graduate students are diligently working just like a big family & perform leading-edge research in reservoir simulation. Thanks again to my wonderful professor, Dr. John Chen!

Submitted by Sandie Black on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:20pm

A big Thank-you to Dr. Barclay for accepting me as a somewhat non-traditional doctoral student. Our mammals of interest are linked by sonar, though they occupy different ends of the size spectrum. Dr. Barclay is patient, enthusiastic, supportive, wise, approachable, open and inspiring.

Submitted by Jinghong on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:16pm

It is a great pleasure for me to express my gratitude to Dr Chen. Thanks for giving me the chance to study in the University of Calgary. Diligence, humility, intelligence, gentleman..., I really don't know how to describe your excellent qualities. I will try my best to follow your step. You are a great scholar and supervisor.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:10pm

Dr. John Chen is a good example of gratefulness, generosity, and humble person.

Submitted by Jinze on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:02pm

I am writing today to thank you for all the support that you have extended to me during my time here . From the time I started the study you have been nothing but helpful and supportive and it means more to me than you'll ever know.

Submitted by Christa Sato on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:00pm

Thank you for your ongoing mentorship over the last three years. Thank you for seeing the potential in me and always pushing me to produce quality work. Your contributions to my development as a social worker, researcher, and emerging academic are so deeply appreciated. I am constantly inspired by your selflessness and dedication to those you work with. I can honestly say that I have benefited immensely from your wisdom as my supervisor!

Submitted by Elena Vialykh on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:53pm

I would like to express my gratefulness to my supervisor Dr. Cooper H. Langford. His wisdome and knowledge are inspiration for me. I'm thankful for his support and encouragement, as well as for opportunity to be a grad student in UofC.

Submitted by Moein Elahi on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:50pm

I would like to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to my supervisor Dr. Chen for all his support and help during my masters program. Being in Dr. Chen's group helped me gain a broad perspective of what industry demands and how I can contribute to improve the challenges in the oil and gas industry.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:49pm

I am really thankful for the tremendous support that you are always giving us to upgrade our status as a graduate student.

Submitted by Patrick on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:45pm

I am grateful to have the opportunity to pursue my graduate studies in the field of chemistry, and wanted to thank Dr. Shimizu for the opportunity.

Submitted by Lindsay Phillips on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:36pm

A big thank you to Dr. Svendsen and Dr. Book for being so helpful and patient with me during my first year of my Master's. I know I was just a big ball of mistakes for the last 12 months, but I appreciate all you both do.

Submitted by Bo Yang on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:33pm

It is my great honor to join Dr. John Chen's group. He is very kind and patient. I got detailed concern, direction and guidance from him in the past years. I can receive his write back in a few miniutes whenever I ask any questions. He is so diligent that I think he must often work the whole day and night. Under his supervision, I have made much progress in my study and research. He is one of the most important people in my life. Thank you!

Submitted by Nkiru on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:26pm

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to Dr Maen Husein for his patience, guidance, understanding and support this past year. I am filled with gratitude that words can not say.Thank you for all the energy and hardwork you devout to our group.

Submitted by Natalie Robertson on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:23pm

I am forever grateful for the thoughtful and insightful guidance (and patience) given to me by Dr Caroline Hachem-Vermette. She is persistent, insightful, available, encouraging and supportive. An amazing resource to the whole Faculty but I get to have her as MY supervisor. I am lucky indeed.

Submitted by Temilola F. on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:21pm

I can't imagine what my life in graduate school would be like if Dr. Ian Gates was not my supervisor. Thank you for being such a huge source of inspiration, motivation and knowledge. I look forward to the rest of the time I spend learning from you.

Submitted by Viraji Bandara on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:19pm

I am would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisor, Dr David Monteyne, for the constant support and guidance he renders to his students and the faculty. His is a genuinely kind and caring person. There are no words to express how thankful I am to have him as my supervisor.