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Professor Ted Sargent receives the 2020 JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award

July 3, 2020

University Professor Ted Sargent, the University of Toronto's vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives, has received the 2020 JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award.

This School of Graduate Studies (SGS) award recognizes outstanding performance in the multiple roles associated with doctoral supervision. Two awards are offered annually: in the physical and life sciences, won this year by the department of electrical and computer engineering's Sargent; and in the humanities and social sciences, won this year by Doug McDougall, a professor of mathematics education at OISE.

Sargent, who has advised 80 graduate students throughout his career at U of T, said receiving the award means a great deal to him.

“Working with brilliant, energetic, and entrepreneurial U of T graduate students has consistently been the most rewarding aspect of my life as a faculty member,” he said. “The pleasures of learning from and – when I can – helping to resource and empower these infinitely talented scholars as they continue to pursue their dreams, are a source of sustaining energy.”

The recipients each receive a JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award certificate, an SGS Travel or Conference Award to support a current doctoral student’s participation in a conference or research travel, and have their name inscribed on a plaque housed at SGS.