The Ed Kroeger Mentorship Award

The Ed Kroeger Mentorship Award is provided by the HSGSA to recognize excellence and distinction in mentorship, teaching, and research.  This award is named after Dr. Edwin A. Kroeger [Professor of Physiology and Pathophysiology in the Max Rady College of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in Medicine (1987-2017)], who has set the highest example of  mentorship by providing an environment for students to reach their fullest potential; supporting them with wisdom, guidance and patience; and for being an example to which they can aspire, as researchers and as people within the community.

The student-governed Ed Kroeger Mentorship Award acknowledges current professors who have exemplified excellence in graduate and professional teaching, have been portrayed as noteworthy mentors, and strive to enhance student abilities and potential. We define a mentor as: Advisors, people with career experience who is willing to share their knowledge and provide feedback on one’s performance; Supporters, people who give emotional and moral encouragement; Tutors, people who give specific instruction and guidance to one’s activities; Leaders, employers to whom one is apprenticed who exhibit leadership through knowledge, professionalism, collaboration and communication; Sponsors, sources of information in obtaining opportunities; and Models, of identity, generating mutual respect, trust, understanding and empathy.

General Information

Nomination period: April 15th – May 5th, 2019

Committee review period: May 6th – 20th, 2019

Committee meets to finalize decision: May 22nd, 2019

Recipient notified: after May 23rd, 2019

Announcement:  annually at CSHRF (June 11 – 15; specific date TBD, presented at CSHRF Award Ceremony)

Number of awards: one per year

Award type: award plaque including commemorative plaque located in BMSB Mezzanine



  • Must be a member of the graduate faculty
  • Must have served on the University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus & St. Boniface Research Centre for at least two (2) calendar years
  • May be a Department Chair or Head
  • Must not have received this award within the previous three (3) years

Student nominators

  • Must currently be a full-time and part-time registered graduate students and those who have graduated within one (1) year before the competition deadline. Nominations from undergraduate students and  post doctoral fellows are not eligible.
  • Must be supporting only one (1) nomination per year
  • Multiple students can write letters to support one (1) nominee. This is encouraged!
  • We highly encourage using specific examples to highlight your nominee’s mentorship skills

Previous Award Recipients

2006 Dr. David Eisenstat, Dept. of Biochemistry & Medical Genetics

2007 Dr. James Davie, Dept. of Biochemistry & Medical Genetics

2008 Dr. Jude Uzonna, Dept. of Immunology

2009 Dr. Karmin O, Dept. of Physiology and Animal Sciences

2010   Dr. Andrew Halayko, Dept. of Physiology

2011 Dr. Thomas Netticadan, Dept. of Physiology

2012 Dr. Sharon Bruce, Dept. of Community Health Sciences

2013 Dr. Peter Cattini, Dept. of Physiology

2014 Dr. Kevin Coombs, Dept. of Medical Microbiology

2015 Dr. Prashen Chelikani, Dept. of Oral Biology

2016 Dr. Jude Uzonna, Dept. of Immunology

2017 Dr. Soheila Karimi, Dept. of Physiology & Pathophysiology

2018 Dr. Lisa Lix, Dept. of Community Health Sciences

Nomination Process

  1. Download the Nomination Form
  2. For section 1: Enter your (nominating student) information
  3. For section 2: Attach a 1-2 page composition describing your nominee including a statement of your/their mentoring philosophy.  See form for more details.
  4. For section 3: Enter the nominee’s information
  5. Scan and email to HSGSA VP External, Allison Balasko (
  6. DeadlineSunday May 5th, 2019