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Convocation Medals and Awards

Section 25

Please note that the current version of the Undergraduate Calendar is up to date as of February 2017.

25.1     GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD

The Governor General’s Silver Medal: Conferred by his Excellency, the Governor General of Canada, and awarded to the highest ranking undergraduate student graduating from Concordia University.


25.2     UNIVERSITY AWARDS

The final graduation GPA is used as the basis to determine the highest ranking student.

The Rytsa Tobias Memorial Medal: Presented by the Tobias Family, and awarded to the highest ranking student graduating with a BA degree.

The Anne Stokes Medal: Awarded to the highest ranking student graduating with a BEd degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.

The Mappin Medal: Donated by the Mappin Family, and awarded to the highest ranking student graduating with a BSc degree.

The Administration Medal: Awarded to the highest ranking student graduating with a BAdmin degree.

The Commerce Medal: Awarded to the highest ranking student graduating with a BComm degree.

The Computer Science Medal: Awarded to the highest ranking student graduating with a BCompSc degree.

The Chait Medal: Awarded to the highest ranking student graduating with a BEng degree.

The Alfred Pinsky Medal: Awarded to the highest ranking student graduating with a BFA degree.


25.3     FACULTY AWARDS

The prizes listed in this section are awarded to the most outstanding graduating student in a department (or unit). Candidates are nominated by the departments or units for consideration and approved by the appropriate Faculty Council and Senate. The departments or units in making their selection may include, in addition to a high grade point average, other criteria such as number and/or level of the courses taken, outstanding results on a project or essay, or a significant contribution to the extra-curricular life of the department. In the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, the GPA calculated using only courses which are part of the degree will be used to determine the prizewinner.


25.3.1     Faculty of Arts and Science

The Biology Prize
The Chemistry Medal
The Classics Book Prize
The John E. O’Brien, s.j., Medal for Communication Studies
The Economics Prize
The Balbir Sahni Outstanding International Award in Economics
The Education Book Prize
The Medal for English
Le prix Paul d’Hollander pour les Études françaises
The Exercise Science Plaque
The Bogdan Zaborski Medal in Geography
The Martin Lewis Memorial Book Prize in History
The Robert C. Rae Book Prize in Human Relations
The Interdisciplinary Studies Medal
The Gordon Fisher Prize for Journalism
The Randy B. Swedburg Medal for Leisure Sciences and Therapeutic Recreation
The Liberal Arts College Prize
The Eric O’Connor Mathematics Medal
The Modern Languages and Linguistics Plaque
The W.R. Fraser Medal for Philosophy
The Walter Raudorf Medal for Physics
The Renée Vautelet Prize for Political Science
The J.W. Bridges Medal for Psychology
The Boyd Sinyard Prize for Religion
The Vince Sirois Prize (School of Community and Public Affairs)
The Science College Prize
The Everett C. Hughes Medal for Sociology and Anthropology
The Theological Studies Medal
The Thérèse F. Casgrain Medal for Women’s Studies


25.3.2     John Molson School of Business

The Ross Medal for Accountancy
The Finance Medal
The International Business Medal
The Management Medal
The Marketing Medal
The Supply Chain and Business Technology Management Medal


25.3.3     Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science

The Building Engineering Medal
The Matthew Douglass Medal for Civil Engineering
The Computer Engineering Medal
The Phoïvos Ziogas Medal for Electrical Engineering
The Jaan Saber Medal for Industrial Engineering
The Mechanical Engineering Medal
The Software Engineering Medal


25.3.4     Faculty of Fine Arts

The Art Education Prize
The R. Bella Rabinovitch Art History Prize
The Cinema Prize
The Computation Arts Prize
The Contemporary Dance Prize
The Design Prize
The Music Prize
The Yves Gaucher Prize in Studio Arts
The Betty Goodwin Prize in Studio Arts
The Guido Molinari Prize in Studio Arts
The Gabor Szilasi Prize in Studio Arts
The Irene F. Whittome Prize in Studio Arts
The Theatre Prize


25.4     Special Awards (Awards are given only when merited)

The Concordia Medal: Presented by the Concordia University Alumni Association to an undergraduate graduating student who has displayed distinctive leadership ability through both academic and non-academic achievements and has won the outstanding commendation of his/her fellows and of the faculty.

The Dean of Students Medal: Presented by the Dean of Students to a graduating student in an undergraduate or graduate program who has demonstrated a high level of engagement in student or community life while overcoming social, physical or intellectual stigma and maintaining academic excellence. The focus of the award is on the accomplishments and not the challenge and is meant to reward a student for having made a difference either within Concordia or in the outside community through involvement in volunteerism or the development of an initiative that addresses a problem within society.

The First Graduating Class Award: Presented on behalf of the first graduating class of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Commerce of Sir George Williams College, known as the Guinea Pig Club, for the most innovative and new contribution either academic or extra-curricular to University life.
The Malone Medal: Presented in honour of Rev. Patrick G. Malone, s.j., and awarded to the undergraduate graduating student whose efforts and dedication best exemplify the values of the University within the internal Concordia community.

The O’Brien Medal: Presented in honour of Dr. J.W. O’Brien and awarded to the undergraduate graduating student whose efforts and dedication best exemplify the values of the University within the larger external community.

The Provost’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement: Presented by the Office of the Provost and awarded to the undergraduate graduating student whose commitment and spirit towards academic excellence, leadership, athleticism, and civic responsibility reflect the values exemplified by Concordia University and the Office of the Provost.

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