Jennifer Clapp - Environment and Resource Studies

Dr. Jennifer Clapp of the Environment and Resource Studies Department is widely recognized for her outstanding research accomplishments.  In the past two years alone, she has been named as a Canada Research Chair, received a prestigious Trudeau Fellowship, been shortlisted for the Donner Prize for the best book in public policy by a Canadian, and been awarded Tri-Council funding for her work on global food security.  Dr. Clapp is also the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Environment.  Her exceptional achievements in research are only one aspect of Dr. Clapp’s overall contribution, however. 

Graduate students who have the privilege of working with Jennifer Clapp describe her as someone who puts students first, provides insightful, timely and constructive feedback and advice, and develops close mentoring relationships with each one of them.  This mentorship begins even before students arrive on campus and extends into the job search and beyond after they graduate; and it is based on the aspirations, needs and talents of individual students. 

The nomination letters provided for Jennifer Clapp make clear the fact that she supports graduate students in all the usual ways – with reference letters, with funding, and with networking and other professional opportunities.  She always offers generous advice and provides continual support towards the success of her students. But what stands out most in these letters are references to Dr. Clapp’s human qualities and the ways in which she exemplifies how “an academic acts ethically and responsibly”.  

Jennifer is an inspiration for students and colleagues, and is a role model. These are the qualities that make Dr. Jennifer Clapp a deserving winner of the “Excellence in Graduate Supervision Award”.

Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision winners