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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.

Extended to August 22, 2019

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).

Please direct inquiries to Natasha Mills at

Please direct inquiries to Natasha Mills at

Award Recipients


Dr. Skyler Fitzpatrick, Psychology PhD

Dr. Vaskar Gnyawali, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering PhD


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.