These recipients are a testament to the outstanding teaching, learning and research that’s at the heart of the U of A.

Bill Flanagan, President and Vice-Chancellor


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Political scientist Andy Knight named Distinguished Professor

A passion for politics and a quest for social justice around the world have fuelled Knight’s trailblazing research.

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Competitive gymnastics vaulted U of A entrance scholarship winner into kinesiology

Years as a competitive gymnast taught Sofia Ivanchikov about determination and motivation. Now she is the recipient of this year’s President’s Entrance Citation.

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Gary Lopaschuk earns university’s highest faculty honour

The internationally renowned cardiac scientist has been awarded the 2020 University Cup.

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Newly Named Distinguished Professor Delves Into Mysteries of Earth’s Crust

Thomas Chacko is recognized for 30 years of research, teaching and leadership in the Faculty of Science.

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Critical Thinking as Taught by the Avengers

Engineering professor and vice-dean Jason Carey, the U of A’s top teacher in 2020, challenges students to think in ways they might never have before. Sometimes that even involves the Marvel Universe.

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Sandra Bucerius Named Henry Marshall Tory Chair

Internationally recognized criminologist studies how people who are marginalized interact with our criminal justice system.

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The U of A’s academic strength rests on our people—faculty, staff, and students striving for excellence in learning, teaching and research. The 2020 award winners we celebrate this week exemplify outstanding dedication to the pursuit of new knowledge and creative thought, as well as exceptional commitment to fostering a learning environment in which students and colleagues are inspired to achieve their potential. My thanks and congratulations to all!

Steven Dew, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Congratulations to the University of Alberta’s student, faculty and staff 2020 award winners! From the Nobel Prize to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, from the Vanier Graduate Scholarship to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, U of A researchers are achieving the highest national and international honours for their ground-breaking contributions to knowledge in fields as diverse as virology, art and design, engineering, and sport. Leading with purpose, their work has transformed lives and communities, and with great pride, we celebrate them.

Walter Dixon, Interim Vice-President (Research and Innovation)