Carleton University is made up of talented students, faculty and staff. Convocation is a time when achievements—both academic and non-academic—are recognized through a wide variety of awards and medals. Congratulations to all members of the Carleton community who won awards and who have earned medals. Some of the winners are profiled below.
Governor General’s Medal
Christine Tewfik, 21, majored in economics with minors in mathematics and psychology. In September, she will pursue her master’s in economics at the University of Toronto:
“I feel honoured to receive the medal. Carleton opened my mind about issues and subjects I had no idea about. In my first year, I took economics as a free elective, a course I thought would be boring and too business-y, but after seeing the enthusiasm with which my professor taught, I made it my major. I’ve had numerous great professors who have shaped what I would like to do in the future, but more than that, it has been like a supportive family. Professors take the time to meet with you outside of class and help you with anything. They have also been great in terms of providing additional funding, in the form of scholarships and teaching assistantships. In fact, being a TA has been the best job I have had yet and has influenced my decision to become a professor one day. I feel like I’m leaving Carleton with a well-rounded education.”
Governor General’s Medal
Melanie Clarke, 31, graduates with an honours bachelor of science in neuroscience. In the fall, she will continue to pursue a master’s degree in neuroscience at Carleton:
“I enjoyed the learning process and did the best I could. I never expected any form of recognition for doing something that I so thoroughly enjoyed. That being said, I am very honoured to be receiving an award.
I chose the program that offered me a combination of science and psychology and I found I was thoroughly interested. I loved learning and enjoyed all aspects of my education. Carleton has given me more than I expected from an undergraduate program. I found my courses to be challenging and extremely interesting. All of my professors have been knowledgeable and supportive. I frequently knocked on the doors of my professors—they know me well!—and all of them were cheerfully accommodating and highly approachable. Overall, I have obtained an amazing education here at Carleton and I plan to further my studies at this university. ”
Jeanne-Marie Musca, 23, has earned an honours bachelor of arts degree in cognitive science. This fall, she plans to continue her master’s studies in philosophy at Tufts University.
“Winning this medal is, of course, an honour, but it is not mine alone. Without the people around me, I would never have been able to achieve what I did.
Carleton University is a vibrant community where we are constantly challenging each other’s ideas, sharing funny moments, lending a helping hand and pushing each other to grow and excel. I am constantly inspired by the work of my peers in all fields and their involvement in various areas of the Carleton community beyond academics. I have had wonderful professors who always have an open door and a listening ear and I have always been amazed by the extent to which staff at Carleton are willing to go to help students. I feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of this community. Beyond the classroom, I have benefitted from the great intramurals program and the multitude of events on campus, such as the Farmer’s Market and Darwin Week.”
Manpartap Singh Bal, 21, graduates with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He is currently in his first year of medical studies at McMaster University.
“Receiving the President’s Medal is a great honour. At Carleton, I always felt my hard work was recognized and this encouraged me to work harder. The medal, in my opinion, is more than just a personal achievement. Many people helped me get to this point: My family who encouraged and guided me, the great professors who taught me and my friends who supported me every step of the way.
The three years I spent at Carleton were instrumental to my development as an individual and as a student. I learned a tremendous amount, facilitated by knowledgeable and approachable professors in a variety of faculties, great summer research programs, experience in well-organized laboratory courses, the variety of resources made available to students and helpful teaching assistants. I also learned to balance my academic workload with my personal life, which helped me become more responsible and disciplined. My experience at Carleton will surely be helpful in my future endeavors.”
University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work—Master’s Level
Rachelle Corinne-Freake, 25, is graduating with an MA in Applied Science Language Studies. She is still deciding between a PhD program at the University of Toronto, or at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom.
“I was very surprised. I had no idea I was being recommended for this award. [Carleton] provided me with a number of different opportunities. I was really lucky to have a teaching assistantship which I thought was a really invaluable experience—working with four different professors, really getting an inside view of what it’s like to be a professor at Carleton. I think at the MA level that was really useful. The faculty, especially, were so supportive and encouraging for everything. What I liked best about the program was that there’s a lot of leeway and that the professors were very open to trying new things. I was really lucky to be able to talk to them and the professors are so open about possibilities. I had a lot of opportunities because of the space to move within the program.”
University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work—Doctoral Level
Gordana Tešić, 31, has earned her PhD in Physics at Carleton University. She is currently working as a post doctoral fellow at McGill University.
“I feel happy and most of all I feel proud. I feel really honoured to get the award. When I heard the news, it was really nice. I’m really glad I chose Carleton. I think the physics department offers a great program for prospective students. The professors there are great, so I think that I learned a lot and got the opportunity to explore various subjects in physics. I was given freedom to work on the research I was interested in.”
Carleton University’s highest non-academic honour recognizes and pays tribute to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Carleton University through their dedication, generosity, and commitment to the values of the university.
Patricia A. Finn
Patricia A. Finn is the long-serving executive director of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association and a Carleton graduate. Her work on behalf of faculty here and around the world has made a major contribution to academic freedom. She has also made a difference for Carleton students by encouraging her colleagues to establish numerous scholarships and bursaries.
For excellence and presented to an undergraduate student who demonstrates a high level of academic achievement and a solid commitment to the university and Carleton Community.
Michael Wiseman is graduating with a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science, with a Concentration in Public Affairs and Policy Analysis and a Minor in Law. He is a student movement and equality activist and has been commitment to advancing those causes at Carleton. He hopes to continue working in politics and would like to continue his education.
Henry Marshall Tory Award
Presented annually to a graduating Carleton University student who has shown a high degree of academic achievement and has taken an interest in the university by broad participation in extra-curricular affairs, the Students’ Association and the Carleton Community.
A student of Journalism and History, Wanda O’Brien is passionate about development issues, within Canada and internationally. Her dedication to student issues has been ongoing through her work with the Carleton University Students’ Association and at the Womyn’s Centre at Carleton. In July, she will be going to Rwanda for a two-month internship as part of Carleton’s Rwanda Initiative.