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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.

2018 recipient: Shanan Floto

Shanan Floto PhotoThe 2018 recipient of the Child Language Research Award is Shanan Floto who completed her Honours thesis, exploring the interplay between cognitive skills and temperament in children’s communicative abilities, in the Cognitive Development Lab.

Shanan will be receiving a Joint Honours Science & Psychology, BSc degree in the Spring 2018 convocation. This coming fall she is starting her graduate studies in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Shanan has been steadily working towards her goal of becoming a Speech Pathologist through her involvement in a number of developmental research labs as well as volunteer work in the community. 

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

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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.

2018 recipient: Jessica Edwards

Jessica EdwardsDegree received June 2018:
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Coop with Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies minor

After graduation, Jessica will be entering the Clinical Psychology graduate program at Waterloo, working with Dr. Rehman in the Relationships Research Lab. 

Comments from Abigail Scholer (Thesis Supervisor):

"Jessica examined whether individuals have accurate metamotivational knowledge about how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation fit different types of task demands. From the beginning of this project, Jessica impressed  me with her enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and commitment."

Congratulations Jessica 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 2017, Fall 2017, or Winter 2018 are considered for the June 2018 awards.

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

2018 recipients

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

The following 13 students received an Honours Thesis Award for their outstanding projects:

Celina Bowman-Smith
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Co-op
Thesis Title: Temperamental Styles and Communicative Decisions: How Context and Shyness of Interlocutors Impacts Conversational Choices
Thesis Supervisor: Elizabeth Nilsen

Dorothy Chan
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology 
Thesis title: Personality and the Illusion of Truth
Thesis Supervisors: Jonathan Fugelsang

Madeline Crichton
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 
Thesis title: The Role of Executive Functioning in Preschoolers’ Probabilistic Reasoning
Thesis Supervisor: Stephanie Denison

​Jessica Edwards
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Co-op
Thesis title: Flexibly regulating intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
Thesis Supervisor: Abigail Scholer

Victoria Garner
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Arts and Business Coop
Thesis title: Effects of Relatedness, Stimulus Type, and Normal Aging on the Associative Memory Deficit
Thesis Supervisors: Myra Fernandes

Hanbin Go
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 
Thesis title: Force Variability: A Behavioural Marker of Mind Wandering
Thesis Supervisor: Mike Dixon

Tyler Hartwig
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Thesis title: Gratitude and Openness to Opposing Points-of-View
Thesis Supervisors: Richard Eibach

​Qian Lam
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology Coop
Thesis title: Thinking about Help: How Empathy and Help Type Affect Help-Givers’ Expectations
Thesis Supervisor: James Beck and Abigail Scholer

Ruofan Ma
Degree: Psychology Make Up program
Thesis title: Social problem solving in people with social anxiety disorder
Thesis Supervisor: David Moscovitch

Vanessa Tran
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 
Thesis Title: Barriers to Safer Sex Communication in New Relationships
Thesis Supervisor: Uzma Rehman

Alexandra White
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Arts and Business Coop
Thesis Title: Cross-cultural lay-beliefs concerning sound decisions
Thesis Supervisors: Igor Grossmann


Timothy Woerle
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 
Thesis Title: What Does Meaning Sound Like: Investigating Semantic Meaning Carried by Prosody
Thesis Supervisor: Katherine White

Caroline Wong
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Co-op
Thesis Title: Illuminating Career Attraction by Assessing the Impacts of Exposure to
Theoretically Crucial Information
Thesis Supervisor: John Michela


​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 5, 2018