Killam Laureates

Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring

The Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring recognizes academic staff members at the University of Alberta who demonstrate outstanding performance in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research, as well as postdoctoral fellows and visiting researchers.

The recipient receives a cash prize of $5,000 and a commemorative plaque.


2020 Recipient


Feral Temelli
, Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Sciences

Praised by her students as a truly outstanding supervisor, food process engineering professor Feral Temelli says she follows a simple principle of mentorship: “I work to build mutual respect, support and understanding.” A world-renowned food engineer whose career at the University has spanned three decades, Temelli has put that special care into supervising 115 trainees, including 17 master’s and 25 PhD students.


Read Dr. Temelli's reflections on mentorship: "The relationship is very special and lasts a lifetime"