The Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring recognize outstanding mentorship of numerous graduate students over many years. The awards are adjudicated by a committee chaired by the Dean and Vice Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The Killam General Endowment at the University of British Columbia (administered by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic) provides the funds for the awards.
Dr. Jennifer (Jenna) Shapka’s research focuses on how technology influences the developmental well-being of children and adolescents. Sought out by students with diverse backgrounds in psychology, technology, and education,
Dr. Shapka is always open to innovative research ideas. She creates opportunities for her students to excel by approaching supervision from an individual perspective; the results can be seen in her students’ success in obtaining scholarships, going on to successful academic or professional careers, and making important contributions to their fields.
On a more systemic level, Dr. Shapka has been instrumental in developing and implementing departmental policy focused on supporting graduate students.
Dr. Shapka will be presented with the mid-career Killam Award on November 25, 2015 during the Faculty of Education convocation ceremony.
We have deep appreciation for the contributions that Jenna has made to mentoring our graduate students and postdoctoral fellow.