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Alumni Gold Medal

Child Language Research Award

Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in an Honours Program (Bachelor of Arts)

Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Honours Psychology (Bachelor of Science)

Governor General (Silver) Medal

Honours Thesis Awards

Alumni Gold Medal

Annually, one graduating student from an Honours Bachelor degree program in each faculty is awarded the Alumni Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement. The ten carat, solid gold medal is embossed with the university crest on the front and the student's name and faculty are inscribed on the reverse. The medals are presented at the June convocation ceremony.

Each recipient and two of his/her convocation guests will be invited to the Chancellor's Lunch. 

Those graduating in June as well as the previous October convocation are considered for the award.

Alumni Gold Medal - further details including a list of recipients

Child Language Research Award

Annually, an award valued at $750.00 is provided to one graduating undergraduate student enrolled in any program at the University of Waterloo. Selection will be based on academic excellence, prior research experience related to child language development, and a demonstrated commitment to future postgraduate study in the area of child language development. No application is required. This fund is made possible by a donation from Knowledge in Development Inc.

This award is presented at the department level, and will not be mentioned at the convocation ceremony.

2017 recipients: To Be Announced

Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in an Honours program (Bachelor of Arts)

Annually, each department in the Faculty of Arts selects the top graduating student from the Honours Bachelor of Arts program to be the recipient of the Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement.

The award consists of a certificate signed by the Chair of the Department and the Dean for the Faculty of Arts, plus a $50.00 gift card for University of Waterloo Retail Services. These items will be included in the recipients' diploma cases. At the convocation ceremony, the name of the award will be mentioned when the recipient is presented with his/her degree. 

Those graduating in June as well as the previous October convocation are considered for the award.

2017 recipient: Bethany Nightingale

Photo of Bethany Nightingale. She is facing to the right with her face turned towards the camera and smiling. The background is a large body of water. Degree received June 2017:
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Coop with history and french minors

After graduation, Bethany will be doing research at uWaterloo and applying for graduate programs in clinical psychology.

She is 1 of 19 students who received an Honours Thesis Award. 

Thesis title: Denial, Acceptance, Challenge or “Flexibility Encouragement”: What is the Best Response to Fat Talk?

Comments from Allison Kelly (Thesis Supervisor):

"Bethany was a true pleasure to supervise. She brought a great deal of enthusiasm, creativity and hard work to her honours thesis and worked extremely independently to produce a superb thesis! She is an outstanding communicator, both written and orally. Bethany's talent, work ethic, conscientiousness, and passion for research will serve her well in all future endeavours. I am thrilled to see her as a recipient of this award. Congratulations, Bethany!"

Comments from David Moscovitch (Research Apprenticeship Supervisor):

"Bethany... has also developed a reputation for herself across our department as one of our strongest students who possesses that rare combination of academic, interpersonal, and leadership skills that tend to predict high levels of success in graduate school and beyond."

Congratulations Bethany on your stellar record and best wishes for success in graduate studies as well as your future career!

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Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Honours Psychology (Bachelor of Science)

(effective 2014)

The Department of Psychology chooses one recipient annually for this award. The award is given to the student with the highest academic record, and the recipient must have a cumulative overall average and a cumulative psychology average of no less than 87%. The award consists of a certificate signed by the Chair and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology.

Those graduating in June as well as the previous October convocation are considered for the award.

This award is presented at the department level, and will not be mentioned at the convocation ceremony.

2017 recipient: Jason Dong Goo lee

Photo of Jason Lee. Jason is standing, smiling at the camera, wearing a tshirt with a pineapple on it. He's at the top of a lighthouse with the ocean in the background.Degree received June 2017:
Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Thesis title: Promoting Analogical Reasoning with Mental Construal 

Jason has a strong interest in mental health and neuroscience, and he plans to pursue an M.D. and become a psychiatrist or a neurologist.

Comments from Jonathan Fugelsang (thesis supervisor):

"Jason is one of the most gifted students I have ever had the pleasure of working with.... He was instrumental in facilitating the research program of my graduate students and myself. He is hard working, motivated, and a quick study.

What stood out most to me about Jason was his technical writing and data analysis skills. He is easily among the top students I have worked with in this regard.

[Jason] is a very genuine and caring person, and has exceptional interpersonal skills. He gets along very well with others in the lab. In addition, after working closely with him, I can confidently say that he is extremely professional, and expresses a level of maturity that sets him apart from many of his peers."

Congratulations Jason on your outstanding academic achievements and best wishes on your future endeavours. 

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Governor General (Silver) Medal

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. The medals (3 in 2013) are given to graduating students who achieved the highest academic standing upon graduation from an Honours Bachelor degree program. The medals are presented at the June convocation ceremony. Each recipient and two of his/her convocation guests will be invited to the Chancellor's Lunch.

Those graduating in June as well as the previous October convocation are considered for the award.

Governor General Medal - further details.

Honours Thesis Awards

The Department of Psychology recognizes the achievements of a small number of students who produced the most outstanding Honours Theses (PSYCH 499A/B/C). The Honours Thesis Awards consist of a certificate and the award winners will be announced in June.

Those who completed their Honours thesis in Spring 2016, Fall 2016, or Winter 2016 are considered for the June 2017 awards.

These awards are presented at the department level, and will not be mentioned at the convocation ceremony.

2017 recipients

The Psychology Honours thesis award is presented to students who have produced exceptional thesis projects. 

The following 19 students received an Honours Thesis Award for their outstanding projects:

Danielle Balan
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Co-op
Thesis Title: Understanding Barriers to Sexual Communication
Thesis Supervisor: Uzma Rehman

​Joel Becker
Degree: Joint Honours Knowledge Integration and Psychology
Thesis title: Do Just Actions Beget Just Evaluations for Supervisors with Intersectional Identities?
Thesis Supervisors: Ramona Bobocel and Winny Shen

Jorjena Dankha
Degree: Honours Psychology BA with Research Intensive Specialization
Thesis title: The Role of Intuitive and Analytic Thinking on the Illusion of Truth
Thesis Supervisor: Jonathan Fugelsang

​Sachi Dow
Degree: Honours Psychology and Arts and Business Co-op
Thesis title: She Said, He Said: Critical Feedback from Potential Female (vs. Male) Coworkers Signals Lack fo Support for Women in Male-Dominated Careers
Thesis Supervisor: Hilary Bergsieker

Yoonjee Michelle Huh
Degree: Honours Psychology BA Co-op
Thesis title: Children's Sensitivity to Advisers' Confidence and Knowledge Levels
Thesis Supervisors: Igor Grossman and Ori Friedman

Lauren Manley
Degree: Honours Psychology BA
Thesis title: Drunk on Jealousy: A Five Factor Model of Social Media Hypervigilance in Adolescent Romantic Relationships
Thesis Supervisor: Kathleen Bloom

Ethan Meyers
Degree: Honours Psychology BA
Thesis title: Inducing Analytic Thought: A Dual Process Examination
Thesis Supervisors: Jonathan Fugelsang and Derek Koehler

​Margaret Michaelis
Degree: Honours Psychology BA
Thesis title: Generate closeness or make a good impression? The impact of interpersonal mindsets on self-focused attention and social outcomes in high vs. low socially anxious participants
Thesis Supervisor: David Moscovitch

Bethany Nightingale
Degree: Honours Psychology BA Coop
Thesis title: Denial, Acceptance, Challenge, or "Flexibility Encouragement:" What is the Best Response to Fat Talk
Thesis Supervisor: Allison Kelly

Barbara Nunes Galarda Martins
Degree: Honours Psychology BA
Thesis Title: Disbelief in Disbelievers: Expressive Suppression as a Source of Anti-Athiest Prejudice
Thesis Supervisor: Chris Burris

Caidence Paleske
Degree: Honours Psychology BSc
Thesis Title: Cathodal tDCS Stimulation of the Left Frontal Cortex Improves Mental Model Updating
Thesis Supervisors: James Danckert and Britt Anderson

Janelle Quinn
Degree: Honours Psychology BA
Thesis Title: The Influence of Confidence on the Use of Systemic Data Combination Methods During Personnel Selection
Thesis Supervisor: James Beck

Alexandra Rett
Degree: Honours Psychology BSc Coop
Thesis Title: Hearing the Difference: How do four-year-olds Direct Question Asking When Learning Novel Words
Thesis Supervisor: Stephanie Denison

​Taylor Riemersma
Degree: Joint Honours Psychology and Social Development Studies
Thesis Title: Remember Thee, uh, Blicket: How Disfluencies Influence Children's Memory of Novel Words
Thesis Supervisor: Katherine White

Brady Roberts
Degree: Honours Psych BA with Research Intensive Specialization
Thesis title: Drawing with your Eyes: Extending Mnemonic Research
Thesis Supervisors: Myra Fernandes and Jeff Wammes

​Janel Silva
Degree: Honours Psychology BA
Thesis title: The Social Consequences of Errors in Communicative Perspective Taking
Thesis Supervisor: Elizabeth Nilsen

Jay Solanki
Degree: Joint Honours Psychology and Philosophy
Thesis title: Specification-Curve Analysis: An application and evaluation
Thesis Supervisor: Jonathan Oakman

Judi Szabo
Degree: Honours Psychology BA
Thesis title: Distinguishing Inferential Confusion from Threat Appraisals in Obsessive Compulsive Cognition
Thesis Supervisor: Jonathan Oakman

Winnie Tran
Degree: Honours Psych with Research Intensive Specialization and Arts and Business Coop
Thesis title: What Would it Take for You to Read Me? Applying the Reactive Approach Motivation Model to the Narrative Experience
Thesis Supervisor: Richard Eibach


​A note about the thesis awards from PSYCH 499 coordinator, Dr. Richard Eibach:

"Congratulations to all of the students who completed a Psychology Honours thesis this past year. This accomplishment required dedicating many hours of your time investigating the background literature, formulating an original hypothesis, designing and executing a study (or studies), and analyzing and reporting your results. This work involved synthesizing what you’ve learned about psychological theory and methodology in your previous courses to make your own original contribution to psychological knowledge. Thanks to each of you for carrying forward our department’s rich tradition of undergraduate research.

I’d like to extend special congratulations to the thesis award winners for the exceptional quality of your work. This year the thesis projects covered a broad range of interesting topics and used a variety of innovative methods. Several of your supervisors and reviewers noted that your research was at the level of a graduate student, which really shows the advanced skills and dedication that you brought to your work. Well done!"


-(Dr. Richard Eibach, Psych 499 Coordinator)


Last updated: June 13, 2017