Convocation: Chancellor’s Medal winner intrigued by people

Logan Nealis

It was Logan Nealis’s intrigue with people that drew him, at the last minute, into Carleton’s psychology program. Now, as he graduates with an honours bachelor of arts degree, the 24-year-old has earned the university’s Chancellor’s Medal, a feat that also intrigues him.

“I had actually intended to study visual arts,” says Nealis. “But people intrigue me. I’m fascinated by their strengths and their struggles. I wanted to understand what makes people tick, and how to turn theory into practice.”

He chose Carleton for its strong focus on the student experience and its generous scholarship opportunities.

Nealis’s courses and “engaging” professors further fuelled his passion for psychology and gave him the strong foundation he needed.

“Through the third-year seminar in personality psychology, I was able to specialize in an area of psychology I was most passionate about,” he notes. “With the ongoing support of faculty, particularly my supervisor John Zelenski, I was able to pursue a program of research in emotion and self-regulation through independent studies and my honours thesis.”

Nealis also talks highly of the opportunities he had to give back to the community through academic support programs such as the Peer-Assisted Study Session Program (PASS).

This fall, Nealis plans to attend Dalhousie University in Halifax to pursue a combined master’s and doctorate program in clinical psychology. Under the program and with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), he will conduct research on personality vulnerabilities, particularly perfectionism, and how they contribute to various forms of psychopathology.

Winning the Chancellor’s Medal is somewhat otherworldly for him.

“It feels a bit surreal to be recognized so publicly for achievement that has always been its own reward. I’ve always tried to set my own standards, however high, and work towards those. I also feel honoured and humbled,” he admits, “to be selected for this award from among so many dedicated students.”

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By Susan Hickman

For nearly four decades, journalist Susan Hickman has written about every imaginable subject for sundry newspapers and magazines in Canada and abroad, as well as for CBC TV and CBC Radio. She has also managed various publications, including academic newspapers and technology magazines, and was recently commissioned to write a guide for foreign missions serving in Canada. Currently, she is working on a couple of personal memoirs.

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