Economics undergraduate Joe McGrade was named top public speaker at the annual World Universities Debating Championships held in Manila, Philippines. McGrade and his debating partner Emma O’Rourke-Friel, a McGill history undergrad, were ranked as the top Canadian team at the event.
Kaitlyn Shannon, an International Development Studies and Political Science student, was a winner of the 2012 EU-Canada Young Journalist Award. The award recognizes outstanding journalistic potential among Canadian students.
McGill’s Faculty of Law continues its streak of sending students in large numbers to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. Malcolm Lavoie, Ilana Ludwin, Laura Scheim, Katie Webber and Guillaume Laganière all earned clerkships for 2013.
Chemical Engineering student Omer Dor was named one of The Next 36, a national program initiated by McGill alumnus Reza Satchu (BA’91) to help launch the careers of Canada’s most promising and innovative undergraduates and the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.
Schulich violinist Bénédicte Lauzière won the inaugural Michael Measures Prize. The $15,000 award, co-sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, recognizes promising young Canadian performers in classical music.
Sarah Archibald, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, won the Green Student Champion Award at the inaugural National Association of College & University Food Services Sustainability Awards. Archibald works with McGill Food and Dining Services to integrate sustainable practices–including buying produce and eggs from the Macdonald Campus Farm–into dining hall operations.
Mia Morisset, a third-year undergraduate at the Desautels Faculty of Management, has been named a recipient of an HSBC Women in Business Leadership Award, a new $20,000 Desautels scholarship designed to encourage emerging female Canadian business leaders.
McGill Medicine student Alexandre Allard and his research partner Danny Luong, from Concordia University, were named “Personnalités de l’avenir” at the Gala Excellence La Presse/Radio Canada for their research into the biodegradation of polystyrene. The pair isolated three bacteria that are capable of breaking down 69 per cent of Styrofoam within two weeks.
Pascal Genest-Richard, Bioresource Engineering, and Alex Pritz, McGill School of Environment, won the inaugural 3M National Student Fellowships. The national awards, co-sponsored by 3M Canada and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), honour full-time university students who have demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership.
Violinist Isaac Chalk won the Schulich School of Music’s 2011-12 Golden Violin Award. Chaulk is the sixth winner of Canada’s largest privately funded student music prize, established by businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich in 2006.
Desautels BCom student and Canadian Olympian Jennifer Heil received the 2011 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, given to The Canadian Press female athlete of the year.
McGill students won four FORCES AVENIR Awards, which “recognize, honour and promote the commitment of young people” in socially conscious, community-building endeavours:
Law student Simone Samuels won the Undergraduate Personality Award for her “Girls in Transition” program mentoring black Toronto teens and her volunteer work with various groups that promote the involvement of women in politics.
The Mutual Aid, Peace & Justice Award went to three sisters, Maria (BEng’04), Amena and Zareen Ali (Desautels undergraduate), for their organization called the Abhilasha Project that provides underprivileged children worldwide with educational opportunities.
Medical student Justin Tan won the Science and Technology Award for his virtual stroke recovery glove that helps rehabilitate patients.
The joint McGill University and Université de Montreal project called Fiers et en forme (F&F) won the Health Award for its use of a series of innovative workshops to promote healthy body image for teenagers.