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The following is the award citation for Ivana Komljenovic who received a 2011 graduate student Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock medal at Spring Convocation in June 2011.
Ivana Komljenovic is graduating with a Master’s of Science degree in Physics at Brock. Her thesis research has involved studying the fundamental molecular mechanisms of a common anti-bacterial drug, chlorhexidine, often used in dental hygiene applications.
While a student at Brock Ivana has shared her love of science in many ways.
From 2008 to 2010, she was a project leader for the University’s Scientifically Yours program, held annually in May. This popular and successful program is a two-day residential workshop designed to encourage young women in Grade 11 to continue their studies in the sciences and to pursue careers in science-related fields.
Ivana has promoted science education throughout Niagara as a volunteer for many years with the annual Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The event involves students from approximately 200 schools across Niagara. She says that one of her proudest contributions over the years has been to strengthen the fair’s relationship with Brock and the Faculty of Mathematics and Science.
This year was particularly busy for Ivana. In addition to her responsibilities with the Niagara fair, she also served on the host committee of the 50th Canada-wide Science Fair, held in May in Toronto. Ivana was thrilled to be involved and, from this experience, she hopes that one day she will have a part in bringing the national science fair to Niagara.
During her graduate studies, Ivana has been an admired and dedicated teaching assistant in the Department of Physics from September 2008 to December 2010.
She has always managed to balance a busy life to find time to spend with family and friends, as well as being active within the Croatian community in the Niagara Falls.
In recommending Ivana for this award, Dr. Ed Sternin describes Ivana as “the embodiment of the Spirit of Brock, a terrific ambassador for Brock representing the best in our graduates.”
Please join me in congratulating Ivana for being recognized with this very special honour.