Governor General’s Gold Medal


Deadline:

Check with your Faculty (likely April 2022)


Eligibility of Citizenship: Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International
Degree Level: Masters and Doctoral
Award Status: Closed
Applicant Status: Continuing Students

Description

QUICK FACTS

One gold medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a doctoral or master’s student completing a dissertation or thesis. This is an opportunity to honour the best in the graduating class within the College of Graduate Studies. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General of Canada by participating educational institutions, along with a personalized certificate signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the medals.

Eligibility

  • Students must have the final copy of their thesis or dissertation approved by the College of Graduate Studies between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Evaluation Criteria

  • One gold medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a doctoral or master’s student completing a dissertation or thesis.
  • Outstanding academic record is assessed through the applicant’s submitted materials: Transcripts (i.e. GPA), External Examiner’s report on doctoral dissertation (PhD nominees only), letter of support from thesis supervisor, letter of support from Department Head.

Nomination Procedures

  • Faculties form an internal review and evaluate nominated students who have had their thesis or dissertation approved by the College of Graduate Studies between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
  • Each Faculty Dean’s office may provide up to one nomination to the College of Graduate Studies via the Governor General’s Gold Medal Nomination Form by the deadline
  • In addition to the nomination form, nominations must include:
    • Student letter of consideration
      • A one page letter composed by the student including: a sentence stating they would like to be considered for the Governor General’s Gold Medal, and an outline of the thesis/dissertation completed
      • Document must be a PDF in 12-point Times New Roman font; single spaced; all margins set at a minimum of ¾“ or 1.87 cm
    • Student CV
      • The student’s CV should include scholarships and awards, contributions to research and publications, work, etc
    • Letter of support from thesis supervisor
    • Letter of support from Department Head
    • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
      • These transcripts will be automatically attached to the application for the College of Graduate Studies adjudication from the student’s file (official transcripts do not need to be ordered)
      • To request transcripts from the College of Graduate Studies for the Faculty review please send the request to graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca
    • Copy of External Examiner’s report on doctoral dissertation (for PhD applicants only – Master’s applicants do not need to provide an equivalent document)
      • To request the External Examiner’s report from the College of Graduate Studies for the Faculty review please send the request to graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca
  • Nominations are reviewed and one winner selected by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Awards Committee
  • The College of Graduate Studies submits a 150-word citation for the winner to Ceremonies and Events, which is read at Convocation in June 2020.  The winner may have graduated at an earlier Convocation, but are invited to attend the June 2020 ceremony.  Governor General Recommendation Forms for the winner are then submitted to the Student Financial Assistance and Awards office, which assigns the award on the Student Information System
  • Only successful students are notified

Further Information

Further information about the Governor General’s Academic Medals can be found on the website for the Governor General of Canada.

Questions? Please contact: graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca