Chemistry Professor Kam Tong Leung provides an outstanding example of how a supervisor should mentor graduate students and today he received an Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision at the Faculty of Science 2015 Spring Convocation ceremony.
Leung readily acknowledges the strengths of his students and provides them a nurturing environment in which they can develop as top ranked scientists. His international students, of which there have been many, point out his devotion to making them feel welcome at the University of Waterloo.
Leung is noted as a caring and compassionate supervisor who keeps in contact with his students long after they leave his lab. His students consider themselves extremely fortunate to have him as a mentor.
He supports them and ensures they have the latest and most up-to-date equipment – even when the commitment entails the design and construction of unique instrumentation needed for a research project.
Leung has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry since 1987 and has received countless prestigious research grants over the past 27 years. He was the faculty leader of the collaborative graduate program in nanotechnology in its infancy, and has supervised 21 postdoctoral fellows, 17 doctoral students and 8 Master’s students, both in Chemistry and Physics. He’s also the Chemical Physics Undergraduate Advisor as well as the Materials and Nanosciences Undergraduate Advisor.
Congratulations Professor Leung on this award!