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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.

2016 Recipient: Katelyn Rowe

Congratulations Katelyn! See more information about Katelyn in her profile below.

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.

*For the 2015-2016 academic year, there are 2 award recipients*

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

2016 recipients: Richard Holmes and Taylor Riemersma

Degree received June 2016: Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Richard HolmesRichard completed his honours thesis working in the Lab for Infant Development and Language.

Richard will be pursuing a Master's of Speech- Language Pathology at the University of Toronto where he will work towards his goal of becoming a clinician and researcher in his field of study.

Taylor worked in the Lab for Infant Development Taylor Riemersmaand Language as an NSERC student in the summer of 2015 and also did research in the Centre for Child Studies.

Taylor will be pursuing a Master's of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario. Taylor's ultimate career goal is to work with adults recovering from post-stroke aphasia and related speech disorders 

Congratulations Richard and Taylor on your academic achievements and the award, and best wishes for continued success in graduate studies!

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.

2016 recipient: Katelyn Rowe

Katelyn RoweDegree received June 2016:
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Katelyn plans to apply to graduate programs in clinical psychology and will be spending the next year doing research and volunteering.

She is 1 of 6 students who received an Honours Thesis Award

Thesis title: The Role of Perspective Taking in Children’s Processing of Speech Disfluencies.

Comments from Katherine White (thesis supervisor):

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Katelyn. Katelyn designed an ambitious thesis project that was demanding on a number of levels, and she excelled every step of the way. She is not only intellectually outstanding, but unfailingly conscientious and committed to producing work of the highest calibre. She is also one of the hardest workers I have ever met. It was a privilege to serve as her supervisor. Congratulations, Katelyn, you have a very bright future ahead of you!

Congratulations Katelyn 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, plus a $50.00 gift card for University of Waterloo Retail Services.

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.

2016 recipient: Iulia Banica

Iulia Banica Degree received June 2016:
Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Biology Minor. 

Thesis title:
The Moderating Effect of Empathy on  
the Self-Compassion Contagion Effect in the Context of Body Image

Comments from Allison Kelly (thesis supervisor):

Iulia Banica is an exceptionally talented and hard-working student, and I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to supervise her honours thesis. Iulia is extremely passionate about psychology and ideas, and her genuine interest in the work she does is contagious. She displayed a great deal of creativity and critical thinking in developing her honours thesis project, mastering large bodies of literature and integrating complex ideas in innovative ways. Iulia’s oral and written communication skills are also outstanding. She thinks clearly and communicates her thinking to others in a sophisticated yet simple way that is easy to digest and comprehend. Perhaps what stands out most about Iulia, though, is her desire to meet the highest of standards in her work. When learning about a new topic, concept, or statistical approach, she delves in deeply and seeks to ensure that she understands it thoroughly. The approach she takes when developing presentations and written work is the same – she cares a great deal about everything she is working on, attends to every possible detail, and will not settle for a sub-standard product if she knows she can make it even better. It is no surprise, then, that Iulia’s work is always outstanding. Her superior work ethic, analytical and communication skills, and commitment to excellence make Iulia an ideal recipient of this year’s Department Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Honours Psychology BSc.

Iulia is currently working full-time in the research institute at Women's College Hospital. 

Iulia plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Congratulations Iulia 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.

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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 2015, Fall 2015, or Winter 2016 are considered for the June 2016 awards.

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

2016 recipients

The Psychology Honours thesis award is presented to students who have produced exceptional thesis projects. These students completed their theses in the Spring 2015, Fall 2015 or Winter 2016 terms.

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

Carolyn Guay
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Classical Studies minor
Thesis Title: Context and production in memory
Thesis Supervisor: Colin MacLeod

Richard Holmes
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Thesis Title: Do speech disfluencies signal a code switch? Investigating bilinguals' use of disfluencies
Thesis Supervisor: Katharine White

Jordan Kemp
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Thesis Title: Perceived unfairness of negative workplace events: The role of explanations and construal level
Thesis Supervisor: Ramona Bobocel

Eric Lavigne
Degree: Joint Honours Bachelor of Computer Science and Psychology
Thesis Title: Toward a better understanding of the use of interpolated testing in lectures
Thesis Supervisor: Evan Risko

Arielle Levy
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Thesis Title: Can synaesthetic photisms be experienced in the absence of awareness?
Thesis Supervisor: Michael Dixon

Katelyn Rowe
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Thesis Title: The role of perspective taking in children's processing of speech disfluencies
Thesis Supervisor: Katherine White

Martin Turpin
Thesis Title: Building a Monte Carlo simulator to predict performance on a time estimation task
Thesis Supervisors: Jonathan Fugelsang and Jennifer Stolz

Vanja Vidovic
Thesis Title: The relationship between intervention attitudes and ultimate intervention outcomes
Thesis Supervisor: Allison Kelly

Amy Willms
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Co-operative program
Thesis Title: Right brain damage impairment in mental model updating
Thesis Supervisor: James Danckert

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. Several of your supervisors and reviewers commented 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)

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Last updated: June 13, 2016