Governor General's Gold Medal

Deadline

Check with graduate program; G+PS nomination deadline likely in late-February 2017

Annual Value

n/a

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident
International

Degree Level

Masters
Doctoral
 

One gold medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a doctoral student. A second gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved most outstanding academic record as a Master’s student completing a thesis. This is an opportunity to honour the best in the graduating class within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as there is only one award for approximately 1,000 Master’s graduates and one award for more than 300 doctoral graduates. 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 submitted the final copy of their thesis to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

Nomination Procedures

Graduate Programs

Graduate programs must check with their respective Dean’s Office for their Faculty’s internal nomination deadline. Internal nomination deadlines are normally several weeks before the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies deadline (G+PS deadline is typically in February).  Each graduate program nomination must include the following:

  • Application form filled out by the student
  • All university-level transcripts (original or certified true copy of official transcripts from universities other than UBC; copy of Academic History from SISC will be accepted in place of official UBC transcript)
  • Copy of External Examiner’s report on doctoral dissertation
  • Letter of support from thesis supervisor
  • Letter of support from Department Head

Faculty Dean’s Offices

Deans review nominations submitted by their graduate programs and nominate up to two students to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, one for the Master’s medal and one for the doctoral medal. Each Faculty nomination must include the following:

  • Cover memo with the names of the recommended students and a brief description of the Faculty’s internal review process and the rationale for ranking candidates
  • Nomination package for each student as submitted by graduate program (see section above)

Nomination materials may be submitted as hard-copy or electronic files. If you plan to submit nomination materials electronically, please contact junnie.cheung@ubc.ca. Given UBC’s increased emphasis on the protection of personal privacy, G+PS will not accept electronic files via email. Rather, we will create a shared folder in Workspace and provide instructions for uploading files.

Adjudication Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will form a committee to review the recommendations from all Faculties and select the two winners.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will:

  • submit a 150-word citation for each winner to Ceremonies and Events, both of which will be read at Congregation in May 2017
  • inform the winners and confirm their attendance at Congregation. Some winners may have graduated at an earlier Congregation, but will be invited to attend the May 2017 ceremony.

Governor General Recommendation Forms for the winners will then be submitted to the Student Financial Assistance and Awards office, which assigns the awards on the Student Information System.

Further Information

Questions about Governor General's Gold Medal should be directed to Graduate Awards Clerk Joanne Tsui.

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