Graduate students and supporters recognized for excellence at the GSA’s annual Awards Gala

April 5, 2019

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) celebrated UCalgary graduate students and supporters at their annual Awards Gala on April 4 at the Energy. Environment. Experiential Learning Building.

Elena Favaro, GSA Vice President Academic and emcee,  shared the GSA’s gratitude: “Those of you in this room are recognized as leaders in your community; leaders that help make the graduate student experience for the entire graduate student population a more enriching, enjoyable, and successful endeavour.”Dr. Robin Yates, interim Dean and Vice Provost of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, also delivered keynote remarks emphasizing the crucial contribution of UCalgary graduate students and graduate research to the strategic goals of the university.

During the gala, 14 award categories were presented by GSA executives, including the Vice President External, Marcela Lopes, and Vice President Student Life, Mina Iskander, recognizing the excellence of our volunteers, graduate students, research associates, support staff, and administrators. These efforts have furthered the vision and mission of the GSA and enhanced the graduate student experience at the university during the past year. The GSA extends our gratitude to the entire university community for another successful academic year, due in large part by those who took the time to nominate outstanding graduate students and community supporters, those who were nominated, and award recipients.

The following are the 2018 – 2019 award winners:

GSA Champion Awards

  • Shane Royal, UCalgary’s Director of Ancillary Services
  • Linda Dalgetty, UCalgary Vice President Finance and Services

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Alejandra Enriquez Garcia, Department of Chemistry

Emerging Leader Award

  • Sicheng Lee,Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Leadership Award

  • Haley Vecchiarelli, Department of Neuroscience

Excellence in Administrative Support Award (Support Staff)

  • Leda Stawnychko, Department of Nursing

Excellence in Research Award (Graduate Students)

  • Robert Mayall, Department of Chemistry

Research Excellence Award (Senior Research Affiliates)

  • Thomas Barchyn, Department of Geography

Excellence in Teaching Award (Graduate Student)

  • Jessalyn Holodinsky, Department of Community Health Sciences
  • Marissa Clapson, Department of Chemistry (Honourable Mention)

Excellence in Supervision Award

  • Ryan Burns, Department of Geography
  • Adam Kirton, Department of Pediatrics and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Jean Addington, Department of Psychiatry (Honourable Mention)
  • Kunal Karan, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (Honourable Mention)

Volunteer Excellence Award

  • Jaclyn Carter, Department of English
  • Hormoz Izadi, Department of Geoscience
  • Suzanne Chew, Department of Geography
  • Basem Halawa, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Jen Sidorova, Department of Political Science

Graduate Representative Council Distinguished Service Award

  • Shawn Brackett, Department of History

Graduate Student Sustainability Award

  • Asha Hollis, Department of Neuroscience
  • Suzanne Chew, Department of Geography (Honourable Mention)
  • Ehsan Hosseini, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (Honourable Mention)

Graduate Representative Council Initiative Awards

  • Rapid Initiative: Faizan Malik, Aaron Lanz, Govind Peringod, Brooke Belanger, Pauline de Jesus, Trevor Low, Douglas Kondro, Sascha Gill, Joel Glover, Sam Dorosz, and Thomas Lijnse
  • Zen Den:Catherine Greene, Rachel Kratofil, and Nancy Adam
  • Method’s Day: Charlene Watterston, Rasha Sabouny, and Sophie Briggs
  • Workshop Fridays: Hiva Jalilzadeh, Lauretta Pearse, and Mohamadmahdi Ershad

View photos of the 2019 Awards Gala HERE

 

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