Research facilitator honoured with Award of Excellence
Dr. Chantal Bassett, research facilitator in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management (FKRM), was recently presented with the University of Manitoba Award of Excellence.
This annual recognition program was created to celebrate the wide-range of accomplishments of support staff at the university. Each year members of the university are given the opportunity to nominate individuals and teams whose efforts go above and beyond. This year, seven individuals and two teams were formally recognized at the Awards of Excellence reception held on June 27.
Dr. Bassett has been critical in providing leadership, mentoring and assistance to academics in both faculties in the development of grants and awards applications. She also plays a pivotal role in connecting academics with potential collaborators, not only within the university, but also with industry, government and not-for-profit organizations.
Her nominators also note that Dr. Bassett went the extra mile to engage with academics in developing research plans and to develop improved processes internally and with the Office of Research Services. She takes a lead in preparing award nominations for researchers, which play a key role in academic career advancement and in enhancing the prestige of our institution.
Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, FAFS Associate Dean (Research), noted in her nomination letter for Dr. Bassett that she “has a tremendous energy, and is generous with her time. She is an effective communicator and excels at sharing knowledge and expertise with others, and has extended her services by offering guidance to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, the research leaders of tomorrow…”
Dr. Todd Duhamel, FKRM Acting Dean, noted in his nomination for Dr. Bassett that “rather than rushing to make agency deadlines, many of our researchers now engage in early dialogue with Chantal – months in advance of deadlines. That process and dialogue is based on trust and respect, where our researchers value Chantal’s insight about trajectories of research.”