Convocation Medal Winners 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Congratulations to this year's Convocation Medal Winners!

The Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada

This medal is awarded to the graduating student with the highest academic standing at the graduate level.

  • Megan Morman, MFA Art: Assume the Position: Mediation of Institutional Anxiety

The School of Graduate Studies Medals of Merit

Inaugurated at Spring 2003 Convocation, these medals are awarded to a graduating student from each degree program for excellence in graduate studies.

  • Laura Keffer-Wilkes, PhD Chemistry: Functional and Mechanistic Characterization of Two tRNA Modifying Enzymes

The combination of Laura's research accomplishments and impact with her communication and leadership skills are described as unique and impressive. 

  • Emily Kirbyson, MA Sociology: Hauntings on Blackfoot Land: Theorizing the Hinterlands of Native Teacher Education Programming at the University of Lethbridge

Emily’s contribution to anti-racist scholarship complements the emergent critical “race and space” literatures in Canada. She is now turning her focus to doctoral studies at the University of Victoria. 

  • Megan Morman, MFA Art: Assume the Position: Mediation of Institutional Anxiety

With more than 50 exhibits, presentations, performances, and publications, Megan has been recognized with professional and academic recognition across Canada. She will continue her work as she pursues doctoral studies at the University of Lethbridge this fall. 

  • Diana Wilches Correal, MSc Biology: Effects of Extreme Temperatures on the Survival of the Quarantine Stored-Product Pest, Trogoderma granarium (Khapra Beetle) and on its Associated Bacteria

Diana is an exceptionally well-trained molecular biologist and entomologist whose centres around the Khapra beetle, one of the world’s most invasive and destructive pests. 

  • David Fuller, MEd: A Curriculum of Tea: Restorative Teaching Practices for Students from Refugee Context

Always putting students first, David is a thorough and passionate researcher seeking better professional teaching practices to benefit literacy in schools. His research offers teachers and administrators new possibilities for engaging with students coming to Canada from diverse cultural contexts. 

  • Sagar Bhattarai, MSc (Management) Finance: Board Effectiveness: The Evidence From Firm Performance & Risk

Noted as very hardworking and intelligent, Sagar excelled on his thesis presentation, producing a work that was exceptional and well above the standard for a master thesis.