Faculty Profile: Dr. Thomas Claydon, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

October 12, 2012

We're delighted to profile the winners of the 2012 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Graduate Studies. Dr. Thomas Claydon received an award for Excellence in Graduate Leadership.

Dr. Tom Claydon became an SFU faculty member in 2007 and immediately set about leaving his mark on his department. He served on the Graduate Program Committee (GPC) for his department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK) at a time of great change for the department. In that time, they ceased their entire course-based MSc and made other significant changes that aligned their programs with other grad programs in the Faculty of Science and made their program more appealing to incoming graduate students.

That kind of contribution to his department is about all that would be expected of a typical junior faculty member with a newborn baby, but it wasn't enough for him.

While serving on the GPC, he created an inaugural BPK Research Day for graduate students. In this annual event, students not only get experience presenting their research in a safe atmosphere and learn about the range of research work in BPK, but they also get to meet other graduate students and build a sense of community. Approximately 40 of the department's 60 students present each year, and their feedback states that they value the sense of community and enjoy discussing science with their pers.

But wait, there's more: In the last few years, he also rewrote the department's graduate student handbook, created guidelines for its MSc thesis proposal, and has helped to crystallize a student-organized informal Friday scientific session. Oh, and he also grew his healthy publications list and co-supervises a Vanier scholar.

And he's only at the beginning stages of his career at Simon Fraser University.

The 2013 Dean of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence are open for nominations. Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2013.

Tags: Achievements; profiles; biomedical physiology and kinesiology, Faculty of Science

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