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The Governor General of Canada offers an annual gold medal called The Governor General’s Gold Medal to recognize the outstanding performance of a graduate student. This award is based on overall academic excellence through coursework, research, awards and distinctions, letters of reference, external examiner’s report and a description of the student’s statement on the significance of their research. Eligibility for the medal is open to all students who will be convocating with a Master’s or a Ph.D. at Spring Convocation in May, 2017 (this includes those students who had a February 2017 grad date) or who graduated the previous Fall in October 2016 at the University of Manitoba.


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April 3

Application Details

Each Faculty/Unit may nominate one Master’s or Doctoral student for the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Nomination must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies on or before the deadline and are to include: 
(1) a letter from the Dean/Director of the Faculty/Unit giving a detailed rationale for the nomination, 
(2) the nominee’s curriculum vitae, 
(3) a brief statement (one page) from the nominee on the significance of his/her research and related achievements during the graduate program, whereas for nominees in non-research based programs, rationale for choosing the program, significance of work (breadth of knowledge gained) and expected contribution to his/her career aspirations 
(4) a letter of support from the advisor, 
(5) the report from the external examiner. For Masters thesis, the report from the examiner external to the home department of the nominee is required (where applicable). Where a department does not have examiners external to the department for thesis Master's students, and/or they don't have written reports from an internal examiner external to their department, this requirement is waived. 

The selection committee will include the Dean and Associate Dean(s) of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and three members of the Executive Committee representing areas of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities and Medical and Health Sciences or designates. The Dean shall act as Chair. 

Please check with your faculty/unit if you are interested in being nominated for the award. The deadline for faculties and units to have their nominations to FGS is April 1, however the deadline by which a faculty/unit wants to have nominations submitted to them will most likely be earlier. Please check with your department for their submission deadline.

Updated: February 14th, 2017



Martha Blouw

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