Faculty of Graduate Studies recognizes class of 2014

A total of 431 graduate degrees - seven PhD, 424 master’s - were conferred during the recent Spring Convocation ceremonies.

“It was a privilege for me to shake hands with our graduates during Convocation week and personally congratulate them on their accomplishments,” says Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. “This Convocation marks our largest graduating class ever and I believe this serves as a measure of Brock’s growing reputation for graduate education. Beginning in the fall, our enrolment will be just shy of 1,800 and we expect to push past 2,000 before long.

“The size of our graduating classes also demonstrates the commitment on the part of students, and the support they receive from supervisors, to stay on track with their studies and to complete degrees in the recommended time period. ”

During convocation, the University also acknowledged master’s and doctoral students for their academic and research excellence with the following awards:

Governor General’s Gold Medal:
Yin Xu, MSc in Mathematics and Statistics, overall average 95.8 per cent
(The medal recognizes excellence in academic studies at the graduate level and is presented to a student with the highest overall average in a graduate program.)

Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award:
Rebecca MacPherson, PhD in Applied Health Sciences
Minyoung Pyo, MSc in Management
Gillian Fournier, Master of Education
Snezana Ratkovic, PhD in Educational Studies
Tessa Little, MA in Classics
Laurie Anne Sherry-Kirk, MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies

Distinguished Graduate Student Award
Spring 2014 Convocation

Shannon Demain Borch, Master of Applied Disability Studies
Rebecca MacPherson, PhD in Applied Health Sciences
Kristin Schaven, MSc in Biological Sciences
Caitlin Heit, MSc in Biotechnology
Nicolas McLeod, MSc in Chemistry
Tamara McEachern, MA in Child and Youth Studies
Mohammad Goodarzi, MSc in Computer Science
Kenton Engel, MA in Critical Sociology
Snezana Ratkovic, PhD in Educational Studies
Minyoung Pyo, MSc in Management
Yin Xu, MSc in Mathematics and Statistics
Hugo Chesshire, MA in Political Science
Katherine Elizabeth Rankin, MA in Popular Culture
Mark Hoffarth, MA in Psychology
Menelik Girma, MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies
Shuoqian Gao, Master of Business Administration

Spirit of Brock awards:
Hayley Morrison (Applied Health Sciences)
Shalini Dass (Education)
Shuoqian (Athena) Gao (Goodman School of Business)
Shaunna Hubert (Humanities)
Kristin Schaven (Mathematics and Science)
Amanda Bolger (Social Sciences)

Jack Noble Book Prize:
Karen Ann Pacheco, Master of Education

Dr. Michael Kompf Book Prize:
Gillian Fournier, Master of Education

John Edds Prize in Master of Accountancy:
James Pepple, Master of Accountancy

Posted on June 19, 2014

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