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October 26, 2016
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Top graduate students to receive academic medals at Fall Convocation

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Congratulations to the winners of medals for academic excellence at the graduate level, to be awarded at the October 31 convocation.

At the master’s level, the winners include Suzanne Jarvis, MSc, Geography; Sune Tian-Xie Brian Sandbeck, MA, Psychology; Anthony Firmani, MBA; Christopher Trevelyan, MSW; and Julie Henhoeffer, MTS.

At the doctoral level, the winners include Chi-Hang (Kent) Lam, PhD, Psychology and Heather Hair, PhD, Social Work.

Each fall at Laurier the top graduate student from either the spring or fall convocations is selected to receive the Governor General’s Academic Medal. For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. At Laurier, all nominees must have at least a 10.5 overall GPA in course work, with no grade less than an A- in any course. The thesis, dissertation or major research paper must be deemed outstanding by the examining committee, and other scholarly accomplishments such as presentations or publications in scholarly venues are considered.

This year’s winner of the Governor General’s Academic Medal is Chi-Hang (Kent) Lam. Kent has received funding from both the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the latter being the most prestigious Canada Graduate Scholarship. His dissertation “Trips Down Memory Lane: Recall Direction Affects the Subjective Distance of Past Events” was defended on August 5, and the examining committee noted that his work was “theoretically innovative,” “methodologically creative.” Dr. James Olson, the external examiner from the University of Western Ontario, notes that the “dissertation is outstanding”, “beautifully written and wonderfully concise.” Kent has co-authored a number of refereed publications with his advisor, Dr. Roger Buehler, and an article reporting his doctoral work has already been accepted for publication in a leading journal.

Another noteworthy achievement is that this is not the first Governor General’s Academic Medal Kent has won. In 2004, upon the completion of his MA degree in social and developmental psychology, he was the recipient of this honour, and was the winner of the master’s degree gold medal for academic excellence in the Faculty of Science. This achievement makes him the most highly celebrated graduate student at Laurier in over 10 years.

Kent is currently working as a research scientist at a private firm in Toronto, and teaches part-time in the area of social psychology at the University of Toronto.


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