It has been my honour to mentor, challenge, and support Zul on his academic journey and I am now very proud to call him a colleague.
– Dr. Michelle Pidgeon

Dr. Zul Kanji receives Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Education, Dr. Zul Kanji is being recognized with the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Kanji as well as all Convocation Medal recipients on their outstanding achievements.

October 08, 2019
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Dr. Zulfikar “Zul” Kanji’s doctoral research examined how a large Canadian university could do more to support their bachelors of dental science (BDSc) students to stay and succeed in their program beyond their first year. This research helped to shift the traditional dialogue around understanding how students succeed in professional health programs, such as Dentistry.  

While studying, Dr. Kanji held a tenure-track position at his university, continuing to publish his work after successfully completing his thesis defense.

Dr. Kanji's external examiner, Dr. Sharon Compton, says "I do consider this to be an exemplary piece of work. I believe this work has potential to make a significant contribution to existing and future research for examining and understanding the experience of the first year student in post-secondary education." 

Dr. Kanji's supervisor, Dr. Michelle Pidgeon shares her support for Kanji. "As his senior supervisor, it has been my honour to mentor, challenge, and support Zul on his academic journey and I am now very proud to call him a colleague."

“I have found this educational journey to be transformational. Drs. Pidgeon and Nilson in the Faculty of Education have mentored me in ways that challenged my critical thinking and enlightened my understanding of the role of higher education institutions. I am extremely grateful for their guidance and am honoured to receive this distinguished award,” shares Dr. Kanji.

Dr. Zul Kanji holds a tenure-track faculty position, and is also the Director of the Bachelor of Dental Science Program at the University of British Columbia.

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