Biology alumna Janet McDougall receives the Contributions to Science Award

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Janet McDougall and Hugh Broders
Biology alumna Janet McDougall receives her Contributions to Science Award from Biology Department Chair Hugh Broders.

Last week, the Faculty of Science recognized five outstanding alumni at the 2016 Science Alumni Recognition Awards Reception. One of the recipients was Biology alumna Janet McDougall who received the Contribution to Science Award for her passion, support, and trailblazing work as a statistician, businesswoman, and pillar of her community.

&lt;--break-&gt;<--break->The event kicked off with opening remarks from Feridun Hamdullahpur, University of Waterloo President and Vice-Chancellor, and Bob Lemieux, Dean of Science, who were the two Masters of Ceremonies.

As Dean, it is one of my proudest moments of the year to acknowledge alumni from Science,” said Lemieux. “Today is a celebration of the students who went out and made a difference.

Janet E. McDougall received the Contributions to Science Award for her service and contributions to the Faculty of Science. She is renown in the world of clinical research, developing various treatments for patients in need. In 1971, McDougall earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology, along with a minor in Biochemistry. She is also the founder of McDougall Scientific Ltd., a pharmaceutical contract research organization that specializes in statistics and clinical data management services.

McDougall is one of the earliest supporters of the School of Pharmacy. Her involvement began with a substantial donation to the building campaign and has continued in the Donald J. and Kathleen D. McDougall Graduate Scholarship which she established to recognize outstanding graduate research and community spirit.

Four other alumni were also honoured with awards. Dr. Stephen E. Pautler, Nicholas Brathwaite  and Dr. David Weitz each received a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for their significant service, contribution and achievements. Kurt Gray received the Young Alumni Award for his scholarly work in social cognition.

The annual event, which began in 2007, recognizes the outstanding contributions of Science alumni to their profession, community and science. The 2016 Science Alumni Recognition Awards Reception was held in the Environmental and Information Technology (EIT) building. The nominees were selected by the Science Alumni Award Committee.

Congratulations to all of our award recipients! We wish you all the best with your future endeavours.

If you know of a University of Waterloo Faculty of Science alumnus that would be an ideal candidate for any of these awards don’t delay and nominate them for a 2017 alumni award. Nominations can be made by alumni, students, staff, retirees or members of the public.

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