Congratulations to the Spring 2016 Convocation Medal Winners

Monday, June 6, 2016

The School of Graduate Studies congratulates the Spring 2016 Convocation medal winners. Distinguishing themselves among the many outstanding graduates are the School of Graduate Studies' medal winners for 2016. They are as follows:

Gold Medal of the Governor General – Scott Semenyna (Ceremony I)

Thesis: Bullying, Physical Aggressivity, Gender Atypicality, and Sexual Orientation in Males

Scott Semenyna’s research examined the connections between physical aggression, childhood gender-atypicality and sexual orientation in the Pacific Island Nation of Samoa. Scott won several prestigious scholarships, including a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and his work has generated multiple publications. Now a U of L PhD student in psychology, Semenyna is also this year’s School of Graduate Studies Master of Science medal winner.

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit, Doctor of Philosophy – Patrick Barks (Ceremony I)

Thesis: Parental Age Effects and the Evolution of Senescence in Lemna minor

Patrick Barks has demonstrated research and academic excellence while studying the evolution of senescence (or aging) in the small, aquatic plant Lemna minor (duckweed). Patrick was the recipient of NSERC Scholarships at both the masters and PhD levels, and has published four scholarly articles in top ranked journals. Patrick is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit, Master of Arts – Amy Mack (Ceremony I)

Thesis: This Isn’t What War is Like: An Ethnographic Account of ARMA 3

Amy Mack’s research focused on the social practices of the Armed Assault 3 gaming community and its attempt to recreate a realistic combat experience online. Amy was awarded the SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship for outstanding achievements. Amy’s dedication to professional and community service is evident through her work with Amnesty International and the University of Lethbridge Institute for Child and Youth Studies

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit, Master of Education – Patrick McFarland (Ceremony I)

Thesis: Theoretical & Clinical Perspectives on the Etiology, Diagnosis & Treatment of Antisocial Disorders in Adolescence

Patrick McFarland’s research examined theoretical and clinical perspectives on the diagnosis and treatment of antisocial behaviours with the intent to develop substantive theory on the cause, assessment and treatment of antisocial disorders. In addition to being an experienced and dedicated clinician, Patrick is an emerging academic with several forthcoming publications, demonstrating a keen commitment to sharing his research findings.

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit, Master of Science Management – Corie Lazenby (Slauenwhite) (Ceremony I)

Thesis: Assertiveness and Leadership Perceptions: The Role of Gender and Leader-Member Exchange

Corie Lazenby tested the effects of assertiveness on leader, social and instrumental outcomes, as well as the moderating effects of gender and leader-member exchange quality. With work accepted for presentation at a prestigious conference in the human resource sector, Corie is an emerging academic with many publications on the horizon.

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit, Master of Science – Scott Semenyna (Ceremony I)

See above notation.