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Governor General Gold Medal

The Governor General Gold Medal (GGGM), Ryerson University’s most prestigious academic award, is awarded annually to the graduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a graduate degree program.

This award has no nominal value. The award will be given once per year at the fall convocation, and all graduates from the previous spring convocation will be considered.

September 2, 2016

All master’s and doctoral program students, who are in their first Master’s or Doctoral program respectively, are eligible for this award.  The student must have completed his/her program within the normal time frame (as deemed by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies).

One student may be nominated from each graduate program.  The Program Director or designate will submit the nomination to the Scholarship and Awards Committee (SAC) of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, based on the recommendation from the Program SAC.  To be considered by the Program SAC, the Supervisory Committee must have identified the student as a candidate after the oral presentation/examination.

A nomination will consist of:

  • a copy of the student’s final grade report;
  • a covering letter from the Program Director (or designate);
  • the recommendation of the Supervisory Committee (as indicated on the Oral Defense form);
  • and a CV submitted by the student.

The following will be used to make the selection decision:

  1. Grades: Nominees must normally have a minimum overall average of 3.67.
  2. SRC:  The covering letter, the recommendation of the Supervisory Committee and the CV should show evidence of academic excellence through such things as publications, presentations, contribution to the field, creativity/originality, quality of thesis, external examiner report.
  3. Contribution to the academic community:  Should there be a tie amongst the candidates, contribution to the academic community may be considered.  This will have been demonstrated in the CV by such things as representing Ryerson at professional meetings, or representing graduate students on Ryerson governing councils or committee.

Award Recipients

Eric Strohm, Biomedical Physics PhD, Faculty of Science

The first PhD graduate of the Faculty of Science, Eric’s thesis research produced five first-authored papers in prestigious journals, one book chapter and a provisional U.S. patent application. He served on the Research and Graduate Affairs Committee when it was undertaking the program’s launch, and has also been a reviewer for numerous scientific journals.

Rachel Strimas, Psychology PhD, Faculty of Arts

Rachel was awarded the highest honour for academic achievement for her 4.17 GPA, 36 published articles and conference presentations and over $137,000 in scholarship funding. She also received a Canadian Psychological Association Award of Excellence for both her master’s thesis and PhD dissertation.