Faculty member wins 2018-2019 Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Friday, February 1, 2019

Professor Cameron Stewart is respected and admired for the care, knowledge, insight, and wisdom that he has provided to his students throughout his 40-year long career at the University of Waterloo. Over his career, 22 Master’s students and 11 doctoral students obtained degrees under his supervision and he provided guidance to 18 postdoctoral fellows.

Providing a unique mentoring experience to each of his students, Stewart gives students the support and inspiration they need to succeed based on their past background, present abilities and interests, as well as their future aspirations. He encourages creativity, self-exploration, persistence, and thinking deeply, while at the same time being generous of sharing his ideas and deep insight on problems.

A former student noted that: “Cam always inspires and drives his students to do their best—not to simply do what is easiest.”

Stewart has received several other honours including a Canada Research Chair in Number Theory and the designation of University Professor in 2005 in recognition of his exceptional scholarly achievement and international pre-eminence.

“Cam Stewart is, in all important respects, a superlative supervisor of graduate students, and has been for nearly four decades,” says David McKinnon, Chair, Department of Pure Mathematics. “I am, frankly, in awe of his achievements.”