The Ramsay Wright Awards, made to 3rd and 4th year PhD students with particular strong contributions to research and to the life of the department, were announced at the recent Graduate Appreciation Dinner. There were many strong applicants this year, and the faculty on the Graduate Affairs Committee had a difficult job. They decided to make two awards, to Lucia Kwan, a student of Helen Rodd and Locke Rowe, and to Caroline Tucker, a student of Marc Cadotte at UTSC.
To quote from the award letters
Your three papers in high profile journals are an impressive accomplishment…. In addition, you have an amazing record of contributions to departmental life. Not only have you played important roles in established departmental events and organizations like the CREE workshops, the Colloquium, Darwin Day, and the EGSA, you have also volunteered for Let’s Talk Science and contributed science-oriented articles to the Varsity.
Your three published and two submitted papers in high profile journals represent an impressive research record. I note that you have also frequently reported on your work at meetings, and I have enjoyed your high-quality contributions to the EEB and Flow blog. In addition, we appreciate your contributions to the Graduate Affairs Committee, your efforts to connect UTSC with the St. George campus on EGSA, and your help with the Colloquium and with OEEC when it was at UTSC.