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Spring 2023 Convocation Awards

Student award recipients

Nicole Lerminiaux (PhD 2023) was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal. The Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal is awarded to Dr. Nicole Lerminiaux who is earning her PhD in Biology. The Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal recognizes the outstanding academic performance of a graduate student. Dr. Lerminiaux’s research for her doctoral thesis focused on how the mobility of bacterial genes contributes to antimicrobial resistance, microbial community dynamics, and virulence traits; addressing fundamental questions in ecology using bacterial species in lab-controlled ecosystems. Dr. Lerminiaux has published numerous papers from her research, including one of the most cited in the Canadian Journal of Microbiology from 2019-2022.

Mackenzie Evans (BSc Hons 2023) was awarded the University Medal in Science, which is awarded to the most distinguished student graduating with a first degree from the Faculty of Science. Mackenzie completed her honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. John Stavrinides. Mackenzie was also the recipient of a prestigious CIHR scholarship in recognition of high academic achievement.

Saeid Hooshyar (Current Student) was awarded the University Medal. The University Medal is presented annually at Spring Convocation to the most distinguished student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the past year. Saeid is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Mathematics with a minor in Psychology with a cumulative grade point average of 96.77 per cent.

Andreea Ababei (BSc High Hons 2023) was awarded the Faculty of Science Dean’s Medal, which is awarded to a student that the Faculty of Science recognizes for their outstanding achievements. Andreea completed her honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Bridget Klest in psychology. During her undergraduate studies, Andreea published an article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Outside of her academics, Andreea has contributed to many organizations including Student Energy in Action for Community Health, Regina Multicultural Council, Regina General Hospital, and Regina Open Door Society.