When he found out he’d won the President’s Medal, Josh Boudreau was surprised.
“I planned to graduate under the radar,” he said, “but then I thought: ‘This is cool.’ It’s really nice to be recognized for my hard work.”
President Roseann O’Reilly Runte will present Boudreau with the medal, awarded to the student with the highest standing in a general or major degree program of studies. Boudreau will graduate with a BSc in Integrated Science.
“Throughout my time at Carleton, I’ve always felt that not just the professors but the administration staff at all levels seemed to go above and beyond to make sure I received the highest possible quality of education,” said Boudreau.
“So for me, the award is just as much a reflection of the commitment and dedication put into my education by the staff at Carleton as it is recognition of my own academic abilities.”
Boudreau also received a scholarship in comparative economics in 2012 while he was studying Biochemistry and Biotechnology with minors in Economics and Religion. He changed his major to explore the many possibilities offered in the Faculty of Science.
“I don’t like spending too much time on one subject,” he said. “Chemistry is just something I was good at, but it was only in university that I began to take my education more seriously.”
Boudreau plans to mail his medal to Saint John, N.B., to surprise his parents.
“This will be for them a dividend on their investment.”