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Honorary Degree Recipients
Julie Angus is a molecular biologist, adventurer, writer and filmmaker who earned her undergraduate degree from McMaster University and her graduate degree from the University of Victoria. After spending more than a decade studying and developing treatments for heart disease, cancer and genetic conditions, she dedicated herself to exploring the natural world, often through extreme effort.
Ms. Angus has explored more than 35 countries, often powering her own travel as she has cycled and rowed more than 20,000 kilometres. After becoming the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland – making the crossing during the worst hurricane season in history – Ms. Angus shared National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Award with her husband and fellow adventurer Colin in 2007. She has written for publications including The Globe & Mail, National Post and enRoute and her photography has appeared in Outside Magazine, Reader’s Digest and National Geographic Adventure, among other publications. Her book, Rowboat in a Hurricane, which details her journey across the Atlantic and the changing state of our oceans, became a national bestseller. With Colin, she co-wrote Rowed Trip: From Scotland to Syria by Oar to document their 7,000-kilometre rowing journey. She is also the author of Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit that Seduced the World, a book based on an expedition that followed ancient Phoenician trading routes. She has co-produced documentary films including Beyond the Horizon which was awarded Best Adventure Film at the Taos Mountain Film Festival, and The Yenisey River Expedition which earned awards at five different film festivals including the Telluride Mountain Film Festival.
Ms. Angus and her husband founded and run Angus Rowboats, a company that designs and produces innovative adventure boats, and they also founded Open Ocean Robotics to develop solar-powered autonomous watercraft capable of gathering data from anywhere on the ocean.
A recipient of the 2009 Arch Award from the McMaster Alumni Association, Ms. Angus has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria. In 2016, she was named one Canada’s Greatest Women Explorers by Canadian Geographic and she has been listed as one of North America’s leading adventurers by Explore magazine. She is a fellow of the Canadian Geographic Society.
Julie Angus is a McMaster alumna, global adventurer, environmental advocate, author, filmmaker and entrepreneur whose diverse career and contributions are certainly worthy of receiving from her alma mater the degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
Dr. Anne Innis Dagg
In the 1950s, between earning her Master’s degree in genetics and her PhD in animal behaviour, Anne Innis Dagg went to Africa to study the behaviour and ecology of giraffes. There, she became the first person to systematically study wild animals in Africa, paving the way for scientists like Jane Goodall. Her research was the foundation for her book The Giraffe: Its Biology, Behaviour and Ecology which became the “bible” for giraffe biologists. Her work with giraffes has since been the subject of the award-winning documentary The Woman Who Loves Giraffes.
Dr. Dagg held posts in the Department of Zoology at the University of Guelph and then at the University of Waterloo. At both institutions, she fought the era’s archaic gender-related policies that forced her to pursue her research independently. She has since become widely recognized for her advocacy for women in science and, more broadly, for equity, diversity and inclusivity in universities and in society. Her interests in zoology and gender issues have intersected frequently, including in work she did to illuminate the gender biases inherent in interpretations of animal behaviour. Dr. Dagg has also campaigned against gender discrimination in the arts and was inspired to establish her own publishing company, Otter Press, to create more opportunities for women writers.
Including Mammals of Waterloo and South Wellington Counties, which Dr. Dagg both authored and published, she has written or co-written nearly two dozen books including A Reference Book of Urban Ecology; Camel Quest: Research on the Saharan Camel; The Fifty Per Cent Solution: Why Should Women Pay for Men’s Culture?; Animal Friendships, Human Evolution and Male Aggression: Debunking the Myth of Man and Ape; and Smitten by Giraffe: My Life as a Citizen Scientist. She is also the author of 5 Giraffes which earned the 2016 Lan Anderson Award for the best Canadian sciences writing for children.
In 2019, Dr. Dagg was inducted as an honorary member of the Canadian Society of Zoologists. She has been featured twice – in 1975 and in 2018 – by the Canadian Museum of Nature as a pioneering Canadian woman scientist. In 2010, she received the Pioneer Award for research on giraffes at the inaugural conference of the International Association of Giraffe Care Professionals; the award is now called the Anne Dagg Pioneer Award. She has also earned the Human Rights Award from the Kitchen-Waterloo Status of Women Group and a second award named in her honour, the Dr. Anne Innis Dagg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Giraffid International Conference.
Anne Innis Dagg is a trailblazing scientist, author and advocate whose work has been transformative in fields from zoology to gender equality. It is a privilege to recognize her lifetime of leadership by conferring upon her the degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
2020 Governor General’s Academic Medal
The Governor General’s Academic Medal is one of the most prestigious awards a student in Canada can receive. Established in 1873, this honour recognizes exceptional academic achievement at the high-school, collegiate, undergraduate and graduate levels. Each year, McMaster awards just two Governor General’s Silver Medals to the students at the university who have achieved the highest academic standing at the undergraduate level. Earning this accolade not only places this year’s recipients among the top students to graduate from McMaster; it places them among the top students in all of Canada.
Faculty of Science
Matthew is graduating from the Honours Kinesiology program with a Bachelors of Science.
He has enjoyed volunteering at McMaster and in the Hamilton area, where he has tutored underprivileged high school students, assisted adults with physical disabilities in performing exercise, and participated in cooking classes with children with cognitive disabilities.
Matthew has also conducted research at McMaster in the kinesiology department and in the rehabilitation science department, as well as at the Krembil Research Institute in the rheumatology department.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys playing music, exercising, and cooking new recipes.
Matthew would like to thank his thesis supervisor, Dr. Michael Carter, for his continuous guidance. He would also like to thank his parents for their loving support throughout his undergraduate degree.
This fall Matthew will be returning to McMaster to begin medical school.
President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership
The President’s Award of Excellence was established in 1993 to recognize students who have demonstrated a commitment to the University’s belief in excellence in its student body and nominations are open to all full-time undergraduate students who are in their graduating year. The Award recognizes those students who have demonstrated outstanding student leadership qualities and whose achievements have benefitted other students and contributed to the betterment of the University community. Learn more about the award.
Faculty of Science
Kwasi Adu-Poku was a McMaster Kinesiology student who got involved in several aspects of campus life. As a member of the men’s basketball team, he contributed on the court and also received the Most Outstanding Male Graduate Award for his performance, character, and community work. He was also a Welcome Week Rep for 4 years as he contributed to our inclusive culture. He further used his platform to fight against anti-black racism through moderating several panels across Hamilton, speaking to news outlets, and helping choose where the new Black Student Services Office would be located. He was also a prestigious Wilson Leadership Scholar, who had a cumulative 3.9 GPA. In his last year, he used his varsity & mental health experiences to launch The Reach Series – an organization geared towards personal development through workshops and panels for people across Canada. Lastly, he recently joined the Board of Directors for The Playbook – an organization geared towards helping student athletes succeed off the court. Kwasi will be attending Ryerson University to complete a Master’s in Public Policy & Administration in the fall where he will pursue a career in policy.
Faculty of Science
Pardis is a graduating BSc (Honours) student from the Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour program at McMaster University. During her time at McMaster, she has expressed superior leadership skills and has gone above and beyond to make the community a safe and inclusive space. As a Residence Community Advisor, an Archway mentor, and a Teaching Assistant, she created a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for first-year students in-person and virtually. She has also been involved in a Canadian pen pal friendship initiative, pen-demic, where she has fostered friendship among Canadian students to promote students’ mental health and well-being. Academically, she has been involved in multiple research projects on topics such as human cognition and rehabilitation science at McMaster University and has presented posters at science conferences. She has also led the McMaster Undergraduate Research in Science Association (MURSA) to host programs and workshops to spark students’ interest in scientific research and equip them with resources to succeed in science education.
Pardis has dedicated a significant part of her time to volunteering for marginalized communities to help to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. She has served as a volunteer with individuals with disabilities at Glenwood Special Day School, Conway Opportunity Homes, Christian Horizons, McMaster Special Needs Assistance Program, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and Community Living Hamilton. Pardis is the founder and president of McMaster Vision Beyond Barriers to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities and advocate for their needs. In addition, she chaired the annual Research and Healthcare Conference on important healthcare topics, such as Palliative Care and Childhood Disability. Pardis is an empathetic and compassionate leader and an advocate for individuals with disabilities.
Pardis has also maintained a strong connection to her Iranian roots. She has been an active executive member of the McMaster Iranian Student Association (MISA) to help to create a positive experience for other Iranian students at McMaster University. She spearheaded a mentorship program to connect upper-year students with newer students to support them through academic and cultural challenges they experience in Canada. Pardis is passionate about advocating for equitable support for the groups she works with, and she is motivated by a desire to inspire those around her to give back and work towards inclusive communities.
Faculty of Science
Nina Moss is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour. During her time at McMaster University, Nina contributed to the Mac community as an Archway mentor for incoming students during COVID-19, a residence orientation representative during Welcome Week, a teaching assistant for Mac IntroPsych, and a campus tour guide. Nina will be continuing her education at the University of British Columbia where she will be completing her Bachelor of Education.
|The Cameron D. Allen Book Prize||Jared Chestnut|
|The Leone Betty Blackwell Memorial Book Prize||Kathleen Lawson|
|The Leone Betty Blackwell Memorial Book Prize||Eshan Merali|
|The Dawson Prize in Chemistry||Seja Elgadi|
|The Kinesiology Prizes||Youssef Habib|
|The Kinesiology Prizes||Arad Hashemi|
|The Esther McCandless Memorial Prize||Dadmehr Yaghoubi|
|The McMaster University Futures Fund Graduand Scholarship||Peiyao Wang|
|The Middleton/Walker Prize in Sedimentary Geology||Emma Keefe|
|The E. S. Moore Prize||Elysia Fuller-Thomson|
|The P. L. Newbigging Prize||Yuki Lai|
|The P. L. Newbigging Prize||Sara Marshall|
|The P. L. Newbigging Prize||Thomas Samson-Williams|
|The P. L. Newbigging Prize||Zoe Thompson|
|The CSEP/SCPE Undergraduate Student Award||Matthew Tobis|
|The Burke Memorial Ring||Negeen Halabian|
Faculty of Science: Vanessa D’Ambrosio
Vanessa D’Ambrosio has just finished her Bachelor of Science from the Honours Life Sciences Program at McMaster. Through her time at McMaster, she found her passion for health law and bioethics, leading her down the path towards pursuing law school. You may know her from around campus, where she held executive positions on various clubs, including the McMaster Pre-Law Society as the Vice-President of Finance, a Life Sciences program ambassador, and a peer mentor to junior Life Science students. She is honoured and proud to be representing this year’s Science graduating class. Congratulations to all 2021 graduates!
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