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Governor-General’s Medal, undergraduate

By Jackey Locke

If his future plans to make a positive impact on the world around him are indicative of how he approached his undergraduate studies at Memorial, then Andrew Myrden will undoubtedly do just that.

The St. John’s native has just completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, and as a result of his hard work, he not only received his undergraduate degree at convocation but also the Governor-General’s Medal for academic excellence at the undergraduate level.

The Governor-General’s medal is awarded to an undergraduate student obtaining a first degree who stands highest in the graduating class and has an average of first-class standing.

Dr. Eric Gill was one of Mr. Myrden’s professors and speaks very highly of him as a student and as an individual.

“Andrew always demonstrated an exceptional mastery in all his courses,” said Dr. Gill, himself a winner of the graduate student Governor General’s medal in 1999. “He was very enthusiastic and had a keen interest in understanding the fundamentals. There are some very promising individuals in this year’s electrical engineering class; however, Andrew exhibited intellectual capabilities significantly ahead of most of his peers.”

And while Mr. Myrden says he was surprised when he realized he had won the award, he quickly added that for him winning such an award is not only about hard work.

“Receiving this award is a tremendous honour. I didn’t think I had any chance of receiving an award like this, so it was a very gratifying feeling when I opened my letter from Memorial and realized what it was for,” he said.
“It’s extremely rewarding to have my hard work recognized in this fashion,” he added. “And, of course, receiving this award is also indicative of the amount of support I’ve had from my family, friends, and professors during my time at Memorial.”

Mr. Myrden has been accepted to the University of Toronto where he’ll complete his master’s degree in biomedical engineering. As for what he’ll do after that, he’s considering his options.

“I may continue on to obtain a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering and continue work in that field. Alternatively, I may apply to medical schools and pursue an MD. Either way, it appears that my time in school isn’t quite done yet!” he said.

But whatever he decides, there’s no doubt he’ll realize his ­dreams to help others.