Prizes list and description
Each year the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies presents eleven awards to students whose theses make a significant contribution to the academic community and to the society at large.
The Governor General's Academic Medal, first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin, has become one of the most prestigious awards available to students in Canadian educational institutions. The Governor General of Canada continues to encourage academic excellence across the country and to recognize outstanding graduate students. The Governor General's Academic Medal is awarded to the best doctoral dissertation in three research areas based on the evaluation and defence of the dissertation, along with the originality and significance of the research. The three research areas are:
- Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Education and Management;
- Science and Engineering; and,
- Health Sciences, Medicine and Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Programs.
The Pierre Laberge Thesis Prize recognizes the excellence of two doctoral theses, one in the Humanities and one in the Sciences. The prize was created in honour of Pierre Laberge, a specialist in Kantian philosophy. His career at the University of Ottawa included appointments as Professor and Dean of the former Faculty of Philosophy, then as Dean of the former Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (1983-89), and finally as Professor of International Ethics. Professor Laberge was President of the Canadian Philosophical Association, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies (CAGS). He was a brilliant, kind and generous mentor, colleague and philosopher who contributed enormously to the university community.
The Joseph De Koninck Thesis Prize recognizes two theses, one for a Master's and one for a doctoral thesis, which demonstrate an outstanding contribution to knowledge in an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary program. The award salutes the leadership of Joseph De Koninck, Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of Ottawa and member of the Institute for Brain Research. In addition to his teaching and research on sleep and dreams, he was Dean of the former Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (1994-2004) and served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) (1997) and the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (2001-02). He is known for spreading good cheer with his mischievous sense of humour.
The Humanities Graduate Commission Thesis Prize recognizes the excellence and originality of a Master's thesis in the Humanities.
The Science Graduate Commission Thesis Prize recognizes the excellence and originality of a Master's thesis in the Sciences.
The René Lupien Thesis Prize recognizes a Master's thesis that makes an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the Francophonie in Canada. The award was created in honour of René Lupien, a long-time employee of the former Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Mr. Lupien was committed to helping students have the best possible experience, particularly during their thesis journey.
The International Graduate Thesis Award recognizes the outstanding quality of the thesis of an international student studying in French at the graduate level.