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Supervisor of the Year announced

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 8:05am

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Award recipients (from left) Humanities Supervisor: Dr Chris Rosin (Centre for Sustainability); Commerce Supervisor: Associate Professor Holger Regenbrecht (Information Science); Supervisor of the Year: Dr Roslyn Kemp (Microbiology and Immunology); Sciences Supervisor: Professor Jörg Frauendiener (Mathematics and Statistics); and Health Sciences Supervisor: Professor Stephen Duffull (School of Pharmacy). Photo: Sharron Bennett.

Dr Roslyn Kemp, a lecturer and supervisor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, was yesterday announced as Otago’s Supervisor of the Year.

Described by her candidates as going “above and beyond what is expected of any supervisor”, Dr Kemp headed an impressive list of winners at OUSA’s annual Supervisors of the Year awards.

The New Supervisor of the Year award was presented to Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru, from the Faculty of Law, whose students described her as “consistently caring, flexible, thoughtful, wise and generous in her advice.”

A special, posthumous commemoration was announced for Dr Tamar Murachver, of the Department of Psychology, who passed away at the beginning of this year.

Other winners announced at a ceremony yesterday were: Health Sciences Supervisor: Professor Stephen Duffull from the School of Pharmacy; Sciences Supervisor: Professor Jörg Frauendiener from Mathematics and Statistics; Commerce Supervisor: Associate Professor Holger Regenbrecht from Information Science; and Humanities Supervisor: Dr Chris Rosin from the Centre for Sustainability.

The awards are part of Graduate Research Month at Otago.

“Supervisors are key to the process of researching, guiding, proofing and submitting a student’s thesis. [The awards] recognise the supervisors that go above and beyond for their students during their postgraduate study,” says OUSA President Francisco Hernandez.

The supervisors are nominated and voted for by students, and each year OUSA receives hundreds of nominations for supervisors which is tribute to the University of Otago staff.

“These award recipients represent the supervisors who stand out and help students not only in their study but assist students in the directions their lives take after studying.”