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Big Dreams for 2013 Vanier Recipients

Five UVic Graduate Students win 2013 Vanier Awards for their leadership in community outreach, education and research.

Music Student wins national composition competition

Recent UVic School of Music graduate is co-winner of the Canadian University Music Society's annual Student Composer Competition for his piece "Broken Branch."

Dr. Ania Zbyszewska - Law

Recent PhD graduate from the Faculty of Law wins International Prize.

Kristina Brache - Psychology

Kristina Brache, a PhD student in the Department of Psychology with the Centre for Addictions Research, is researching the dangers of consuming energy drinks and alcohol.

UVic MA alumnus raps about evolution

With an M.A. in medieval and Renaissance English literature from UVic, Dirk (Baba) Brinkman first made a name for himself translating Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales into rap; he has now become a sensation for rapping about evolution.

Kita Douglas - English

Kita Douglas achieved balance between academics and family while studying for her Master’s degree. She received the Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal as the top master's student for program achievement at the Spring 2012 convocation.

Jessica Simpson Nathan - Biology

Jessica Simpson Nathan received her MSc in Biology from UVic in 2011, was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal at the Spring 2012 convocation ceremony on the basis of her overall academic excellence (she maintained a 9.0 grade point average in her graduate studies) and an outstanding thesis.

Haytham El Miligi - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Haytham El-Miligi is this year’s Governor General’s Gold Medal winner as the top PhD student across all faculties.

Thomas Chisholm - Visual Arts

Thomas Chisholm, UVic MFA alumnus, is one of this year's 15 finalists, culled from more than 500 candidates, for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. 

Dr. Ahmed Ahmed - Electrical and Computer Engineering

UVic alumnus Dr. Ahmed Ahmed of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has secured a US patent for work with his former supervisor, Dr. Issa Traore.

MaƩva Gauthier - School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Maéva Gauthier is Master's graduate in Earth and Ocean Sciences whose love of the ocean has taken her to both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Frances Backhouse - Writing

Frances Backhouse is an MFA grad who's researched and written on the beaver as a history-maker, landscape shaper and national symbol.

David Bartle - Computer Science

The work done by Master's student, David Bartle, and his team, garnered him one of the 2011 Google Lime scholarships—the only one awarded to a student at a Canadian university.

Jessica Dickson - Dispute Resolution

A co-op placement helped Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution student, Jessica Dickson, find her path.

Jolly Nyeko - School of Child and Youth Care

Jolly Nyeko has worked for over three decades to provide programming for, and inspiration to, countless young people in her native Uganda.

Leigh Joseph - School of Environmental Studies

Leigh Joseph, MA student in Environmental Studies is researching a plant native to the Squamish Nation - once harvested as a major food source.

Mark Jarvis - Public Administration

Mark Jarvis, UVic PhD candidate, shares  the $50,000 win of prestigious Donner Prize with fellow authors Peter Aucoin, and Lori Turnbull for their book Democratizing the Constitution.  The $50,000 prize is an annual award for the best public policy book by a Canadian.

David Trill - Exercise Science Physical & Health

David Trill, master's candidate, is studying child health through healthy eating activities.  He's currently seeking participants to get his home based research project off the ground.  Trill hopes to teach families healthy eating strategies because it's the parents who are the gatekeepers of the kids.

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Amalis Riera - Earth & Ocean Sciences

Wiretapping for Whales! Amalis Riera, UVic graduate student in Earth & Ocean Sciences has spent hundreds of hours in front of a computer with headphones on, listening intently for the telltale voices of killer whales in the waters off Vancouver Island.

Catherine Nutting - 2011 Andy Farquharson Teaching Award Recipient

Catherine Nutting, PhD, Department of History in Art, is one of this year's Andy Farquharson Teaching Excellence Award recipients.

Crystal Tremblay - 2011 Andy Farquharson Teaching Award

Crystal Tremblay, PhD, Department of Geography is one of this year's Andy Farquharson Teaching Excellence Award recipients.

Christopher Parsons - Political Science

UVic PhD student Christopher Parsons recently joined the provincial privacy commissioner in Vancouver for a panel discussion about the Conservative government's proposed online spying legislation and what Canadian experts have to say about it.  Parsons also commented on the proposed Bill C-30 that will allow police to ask Internet service providers to voluntarily turn over subscriber emails and web surfing records.

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Crystal Tremblay - Geography

PhD geography candidate Crystal Tremblay recently returned from India, where she worked with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia.

Robin Tunnicliffe - Interdisciplinary

Robin Tunnicliffe is passionate about locally grown food, sustainability and food security on the Saanich Peninsula. Compelled by her passion, she returned to school and studied an interdisciplinary program that combined sociology, women's studies and business. Her thesis, "How do (or can) farmers make it work on the Saanich Peninsula?" explores many of the challenges inherent in growing food locally.

Yasuko Thanh - Writing

UVic writing alumnus Yasuko Thanh was the winner of the 2009 Journey Prize, Canada’s most significant monetary award given to an emerging writer for a short story or excerpt from a fiction work-in-progress.

Garth Martens - Fine Arts

Victoria poet and UVic alumnus Garth Martens is now $5,000 richer, thanks to his first-place poetry win in the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.

Tyrone Pile - History

Retired Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile, a UVic alumnus (MA History), was recently honored by the Governor General for his meritorious military service with CFB Esquimalt.

Nathan Bennett - Geography

Geography student Nathan Bennett has a soft spot for the tumbling ocean surf. He’s also one of only 15 students across the country receiving a coveted $180,000 doctoral scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Johnny Mack - Law

UVic Law PhD candidate Johnny Mack is one of the 2011 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarship recipients receiving a total of $180,000 over three years.

Genevieve Von Petzinger - Anthropology

Genevieve von Petzinger (Anthropology) is the only Canadian on the distinguished list of 20 new international fellows at the TEDGlobal Conference 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she shared her recent research with an international audience.

David Cecchetto - Interdisciplinary

Have you ever been without your mobile device and felt not quite entirely yourself, as though your very existence were somehow diminished? If you’ve felt such technology withdrawal, then you’ve experienced a visceral awareness of the posthuman condition.

The deep implications of this are the purview of the field of technological posthumanism, and in his Governor General’s Gold Medal-winning dissertation, David Cecchetto (Interdisciplinary) has made a “hugely influential” contribution to posthumanist thought.

Elizabeth Manning - Social Work

Elizabeth (Eli) Manning, MA student in the School of Social Work, was the Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal recipient for the top master's thesis at the 2011 spring convocation. Her thesis looks at how language prevents people from accessing health care. The topic grew out of her work at a Winnipeg community health centre that mainly serviced people living with HIV/AIDS.

Jessica Simpson - Biology

Jessica Simpson has an academic resume that could have taken this bright young neuroscience researcher anywhere she wanted. But Simpson, who completed a combined biology and psychology honours degree in 2009 and recently received her MSc in biology, chose to stick to her hometown of Victoria when it came time to pursue—and continue—her studies.

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