Dean’s List and student awards revealed for 2020-2021
On November 18th, we revealed the 2020-2021 Dean’s List for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the recipients of three student awards:
- Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence
- HSS International Student Excellence Award
- Dean Book Prizes
All names on the Dean’s List can be seen in this video, with an introduction by Dr. Ailsa Craig, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Dean of HSS Book Prizes
The Dean of HSS Book Prize is awarded annually to one student from each program in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The student must have demonstrated academic excellence and completed at least 90 credit hours. Not all programs award a Book Prize in a calendar year.
|Communication studies||Rylee Barry|
|History||Zeynep (Sophie) Uckuyu|
|Law and Society||Jessica Cross|
|Linguistics||Vitoria M Pike|
|Political science||Jintao Liang|
|Religious studies||Alicia Anderson|
HSS International Student Excellence Award
The HSS International Student Excellence Award is awarded to 2nd year international students who achieved top GPAs among international students in their first year of studies. Their $5,000 award is renewable for 3rd and 4th years of full-time study, contingent on the students maintaining scholarship standing. This year’s winners were:
Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence
The Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence recognizes the remarkable accomplishment of a student being named to the Dean's List for a fourth time. This year, 5 students received the award.
French | English
English | French
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Sarah Zebak is currently enolled as a law student at University of Ottawa
I am hoping to focus on International Human Rights as I get further into my legal education. I am thankful for the skills that MUN equipped me with.
Sarah Zebak was an early adopter of Memorial’s IBA Program, which aims to prepare students for a future as a global citizen by requiring students to complete 24 credit hours in designated International Studies courses and by requiring students to study and live outside of Canada for a minimum of 12 weeks.
“When I came to MUN, the IBA was a new program,” Sarah says. “I chose to focus on languages because I thought it would give me skills that I can apply to a career in the International Human Rights sector.”
Sarah had personal reasons too. “I had a lot of Latin American influence on me since I was a little girl. I valued languages and I was always intrigued by other cultures.”
Since completing her BA here at Memorial, Sarah has enrolled as a law student at the University of Ottawa and is pursuing a Dual JD (Canadian JD/American JD) program.
“I am hoping to focus on International Human Rights as I get further into my legal education. I am thankful for the skills that MUN equipped me with. I apply those skills to my legal education and I will continue to develop those skills into a career.”
Lucy Custance is at work on her master's, with plans for another degree after that
When I discovered in grade 11 that MUN had the Third Year in Nice study abroad option, my decision for my second major was made.”
Lucy Custance is currently pursuing her master's in English, and from there she plans on putting her English and French degrees to use by applying to the Education program and making them her teachables. “I would love to teach high school English and French and hopefully foster an appreciation of my two favourite subjects in others,” she says.
Lucy's love of literature began as a kid. “There was rarely a time when I wasn't in the middle of a book” and her favourite place to be was “in the library with a good story.” Later, in high school, she came to love how English focused on interpreting mediums like theatre, film and spoken word in addition to books. “I loved the idea of being able to seek the deeper meaning in many different literary forms rather than always just analyzing a text.”
As for the other subject of her double major, she chose to study French because she loves how “languages allow us to not only communicate with others, but when you learn a different language, you generally gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the different cultures associated with that language.”
And of course, the two majors complement each other. “I also really enjoyed the idea of being able to read more books and watch more films and be able to understand what was going on.” That and how it would make travel even more enjoyable. “When I discovered in grade 11 that MUN had the Third Year in Nice study abroad option, my decision for my second major was made.”