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Date: June 03, 2005

Top Students to Receive Medals at UVic's Spring Convocation

The University of Victoria’s highest achievers—in subjects from microwave systems to violence in society—are to be honoured with UVic’s top academic medals at spring convocation ceremonies June 7 to 10 at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. Daily ceremonies occur at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Here are this year’s medalists:

Governor General’s Gold Medal (top PhD, all faculties): Rambabu Karumudi, electrical engineering. His research has contributed to new designs for microwave technology in electronic communications.

Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal (top master’s thesis): Ben Bradley, history. His thesis tapped into the little known history of the Robson Valley–Yellowhead Pass transportation corridor.

Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal (top master’s, other than thesis): Kevin Goodman, English. His master’s essay explored the obsession with societal violence and disorder in Emile Zola’s Therese Raquin.

Governor General’s Silver Medal (top undergraduate, all faculties) and IEEE Victoria Section Gold Medal in Electrical Engineering: Shirley Shi, electrical engineering. With a 9.0 grade point average (perfect) she’s heading to MIT to study signal processing and, possibly, face recognition technology.

Jubilee Medal for Humanities Faculty: Emily Braden, Hispanic studies. She earned an 8.64 GPA in Spanish and Latin American literature while also performing as a part-time jazz and blues singer mentored by Victoria’s Louise Rose.

Jubilee Medal for Science Faculty: Amanda Jagdis, biology. She recorded a perfect 9.0 GPA, volunteered at Victoria General Hospital for the past six years, and is bound for medical school in the fall.

Jubilee Medal for Social Sciences Faculty: Morgan McCririck, psychology/linguistics. Her 8.85 GPA was the best in the faculty. She plans to pursue her interest in speech pathology.

Maxwell Cameron Memorial Medals in Education Faculty
Nish Thaver (Elementary). Born in Nairobi, she plans to open a school in the developing world.
Megan Huckabay (Secondary). She sees a link between science and music education.

Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Medal: David Crawford. He is currently working with a Victoria engineering firm specializing in fixing leaky condos.

Department of Computer Science Graduation Medal: Tony Lin (additional information unavailable).

IEEE Victoria Section Gold Medal in Computer Engineering: Kiel Boyle. A natural interest in how things work is leading him to a research career in computer chip design.

Law Society of B.C. Gold Medal: Paula Ramsay. An enthusiasm for outdoor living led her to specialize in environmental law.

Victoria Medal in Fine Arts: Philip Rempel, music (performance). A percussionist, his next goal is to complete a math degree.
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Mike McNeney (UVic Alumni Communications) at (250) 721-7642 or mmcneney@uvic.ca

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