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The MGA Supervisor of the Year Award, established in 1992, was created to acknowledge excellence in research supervision practice. The award was featured in peer-reviewed journal Innovations in Education and Teaching International where it was recognised as the longest running award of its kind, putting Monash University and Australia ahead of the UK with regards to student-led supervisor awards.

This award is truly a decision of the graduate student community. Supervisors are nominated by their students and entries are judged by an independent subcommittee of research graduates drawn from the MGA Executive Committee.

We announce the winner at an exclusive MGA award ceremony each year (Nov/Dec), with the exact time and date of the presentation to be determined by the availability of the nominator and winning supervisor. The Supervisor of the Year will receive a frame certificate, is permanently listed on the MGA Supervisor of the Year Hall of Fame (see below) and will be feature in an article in the Monash Insider magazine.

Nominations for 2024 are open!


Do you have the best research supervisor at Monash University? Do they go above and beyond to support you and encourage your success? 

You may want to show your appreciation by nominating them for the 2024 MGA Supervisor of the Year Award!

This award is truly a decision of the graduate student community. Supervisors are nominated by their students and entries are judged by an independent subcommittee of research graduates drawn from the MGA Executive Committee.

The award will go to one nominated supervisor who has created the most supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for their graduate research students this year.

What's more, the MGA is introducing a Special Commendation Award in 2024! We receive so many nominations each year for outstanding supervisors that we felt it was only necessary to widen the pool of winners. 

Important details:

  • All nomination forms must be submitted using the Google Form provided below.
  • Nominations can be made by an individual student or by a group of students.
  • Nominations close by 5:00pm Monday, 30 September 2024.

We are looking forward to hearing more about all the amazing supervisors out there!


MGA Supervisor of the Year Hall of Fame


Associate Professor Cornelia Landersdorfer

Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

“I chose Monash University for my PhD because of her; her outstanding laboratory/research group, expertise in the field I am interested in, her kindness and openness to guiding future leaders and researchers that will change our world for the better.”


Dr Liang Li

School of Educational Psychology & Counselling

Faculty of Education

“Liang identifies the different strengths of each student, and always encourages and praises students according to their personal shining points. She improves our self-confidence and courage, motivates us to challenge ourselves and to complete tricky tasks step-by-step.”


Dr Bei Bei

Sleep and Mental Health Laboratory

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science

“Thank you for taking us on, for fostering our love of science and our confidence. For providing us with opportunities of development, for supporting during hard times and challenging us to achieve our greatest potential.”


Associate Professor Steven Roberts

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

“He is a perpetual cheerleader. Steve is very real and he makes the entire academic process a humbling and rewarding experience for his students.”


Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes

Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts

“Rebecca was one of the major reasons that I chose to come to Monash to do my PhD and I think one of the best things about doing my PhD here.”


Associate Professor Adrian Carter

School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

“Adrian is a dream supervisor.”


Associate Professor Jane Southcott

Faculty of Education

“Jane made me feel like I was her ‘only child’. I know she would have made all her other students feel the same way.”


Dr Louisa Willoughby

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts

“If it wasn’t for Dr Louisa Willoughby, I wouldn’t have embarked on my PhD journey.”


Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett

School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts

“Her style is never imposing but constructive, a hallmark of an experienced and accomplished supervisor, one that treats her students as fellow intellectuals and collaborators.”


Professor Jennie Ponsford

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

“We are in awe of Jennie’s knowledge and clinical expertise as well as her collaborations with leading neuropsychology research groups.”


Dr Helen Watt

Faculty of Education

“…Helen offers constructive criticism and encourages students to strive for excellence…”


Dr. David T. McCarthy

School of Civil Engineering

“…Dave’s calendar is like Mary Poppins’ hand bag. Sometimes I think there must be some serious magic at work to fit in so much…”


Professor Jeffrey Walker

School of Civil Engineering

“We have yet to see a person, as busy as our supervisor, who simply becomes a veritable Cheshire cat when we submit a draft for comments.”


Dr Anna Peters

School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

“It was purely luck that I was employed by Anna, but it was entirely at my request to have her as my supervisor.”


Joint winners – Associate Professor Damon Honnery and Professor Julio Soria

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

“They are simultaneously their students’ greatest critics and strongest supporters, which in my opinion is the best definition of a good supervisor.”


Professor Rodney Devenish

School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“Because of the positive regard he has for all his students, he is often portrayed as the father figure amongst his students and is warmly referred to as “Uncle Roddy.”


Professor Adrian M Walker

Ritchie Centre for Baby Health

“Adrian’s vitality and passion for science, integrity and warm personality make him an inspiring role-model”


Professor Robert Faff

Department of Accounting & Finance

“My PhD canditature was not a smooth process. There were numerous times when I hit rock bottom…there was only one person who continued to beleive in me and support me, Robert Faff… His passion and belief in research is an inspiration to us all.”


Dr Sue Burney

School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine

“Dr Burney’s capacity to create a productive and flexible work environment for her students fosters research productivity. Her friendly and non-judgemental manner is particularly helpful in developing good communication and trust.”


Professor Betty Weiler

Department of Management

“One of the things that I have always appreciated about Betty is that she always makes you feel that you are a priority. Given her countless other commitments in the context of administrative duties and other research projects and students (not to mention her own family) this is a remarkable achievement.”


Associate Professor Frada Burstein

School of Information Management and Systems

“Frada has encouraged, inspired and cajoled us to continue and even enjoy the PhD process. She has encouraged us to look beyond our immediate task, to position ourselves according to our career aspirations. She ensures that students are supported in an open and caring environment.”


Dr John Sentry

Department of Immunology and Pathology

“John is generous with his time and energy and is able to find an encouraging word when needed most. His example shows us the importance of patience, persistence and diligence. He has always encouraged our development, not just as scientists, but also as thinking people.”


Dr Kay Stewart

Department of Pharmacy Practice


Associate Professor James Sarros

Department of Management


Professor Murrey Eslser

Department of Medicine

“In publications arising from PhD studies the student is the first author always, and usually the corresponding author. Murray’s financial support from personal laboratory funds and through applications to national funding bodies have meant that his students have been financially secure and well-supported to attend overseas meetings.”


Dr Peter Lentini

Department of Politics

“I also feel indebted to Peter for accommodating my family responsibilities. He was flexible and able to work around restrictive childcare arrangements for my 4 year old; completely unfazed (well almost!) by a nursing mother with a 2 week old baby; and genuinely understanding of the stresses of trying to study with young children.”


Professor Bill Schroder

David Syme School of Business


Professor Terry Threadgold

Department of English

“Terry is remarkable for the instensity of her engagement with her students’ ideas. She always receives us with enthusiasm. Her wealth of knowledge of a diverse range of discipline guides us to be ambitious with our own projects…”


Professor John Bradshaw

Department of Psychology

“I was (and still am) in awe of John’s knowledge in the area, and at times I felt that my work was nowhere near good enough to be read by him, but he never put me down. I have gained so much confidence in my ability as a writer, a speaker, and as a person as a whole…”


Associate Professor Walter Veit

Department of German


Associate Professor Gilah Leder

Faculty of Education

“Gilah has the skills of an expert teacher – she knows how to ask questions, when to push for more detailed responses and for finer thinking, and, even more importantly, when to withdraw and let us reflect.”


Dr Marian Aveling (now Professor Marian Quartly)

Department of History

“Marian is encouraging and enthusiastic about the students’ work and has the special knack of being able to make her criticism constructive. She also displays a genuine interest, thereby instilling confidence and inspiring productivity.”

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