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Celebrating Tri-U awards and honours June 2024

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

June convocation ceremonies at the three Tri-U History universities celebrated the academic achievements of several of our students and one of our professors.

Dr. Cody Groat, Graduate Gold Medal for the Doctoral Level

Cody Groat

Dr. Cody Groat, now Assistant Professor of History and Indigenous Studies at Western University, defended his dissertation in November, 2024 at Wilfrid Laurier University. He was supervised by Dr. Susan Neylan.

Maglyn Gasteiger, Graduate Gold Medal for the Master's Level


Maglyn Gasteiger studied at Wilfrid Laurier University. She was supervised by Dr. Adam Crerar.

Gillian Wagenaar, Gold Medal Finalist Master's Level

Gillian Wagenaar

Gillian Wagenaar, now a PhD student at the University of Waterloo, graduated with her MA in History in June, 2024. Her MA was supervised by Dr. Steven Bednarski.

Dr. Catharine Wilson, F.R.S.C., Professor Emerita

Catharine Wilson

Dr. Catharine Wilson, F.R.S.C., was granted the distinction of Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph. "An international leader in history, Dr. Catharine Wilson has been a central figure for the study of rural history in Canada and has played a critical role in establishing the University of Guelph as a centre for excellence in this study."

Other awards

University of Guelph

Department of History Graduate Essay Prizes, 2023-2024

Best thesis: Madison Hendricks, MA

Best Major Research Paper (MRP): Dylan Parry-Lai, MA

University of Waterloo

Cecilia and Late George Piller Graduate Research Award 

presented to Amanda Hooper, PhD candidate in History. The award supports "excellent graduate students in the Faculty of Arts doing research into any aspect of German Studies, Waterloo."

Faculty of Arts Awards for Excellence in Service, Teaching, and Research

2024 Excellence in Service

Robyn Wilkinson, Administrative Manager, Department of History

2024 Excellence in Research

Dr. Kristina Llewellyn, Renison University College and Department of History

Warren Ober Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student within the Faculty of Arts

awarded to Rebecca MacAlpine, who defended her dissertation in December, 2023. She now works in the Centre for Teaching Excellence as Faculty Liaison: Arts and Affiliated and Federated Institutions, Waterloo.