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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 3, 2020

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).

Candidates must be nominated by their program.

A call for nominations will be sent to programs in late July. One student may be nominated from each Graduate Program, i.e. if a program has a master's and a doctoral program – only one nomination can be submitted in total. The Program Director or designate will submit the nomination to YSGS. 

Please direct inquiries to Natasha Mills at

Please direct inquiries to Natasha Mills at

Award Recipients


Dr. Alinaghi Salari
Dr. Alinaghi Salari

Biomedical Engineering PhD, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Dr. Eli Vandersluis
Dr. Eli Vandersluis

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering PhD, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science


Dr. Victoria Emily Barbosa Hipolito (left) and President Lachemi
Dr. Victoria Emily Barbosa Hipolito

Molecular Science PhD, Faculty of Science

President Lachemi (left) and Dr. Jaclyn Nofech-Mozes
Dr. Jaclyn Nofech-Mozes

Psychology PhD, Faculty of Arts


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.