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June 15, 2001

Orillia native wins U of G's top undergraduate award

Samantha Sullivan, an Orillia native and graduate of Orillia DCVI, has been awarded the 2001 Winegard Medal, the University of Guelph’s most prestigious undergraduate honour.

Named for former Guelph president Bill Winegard, the medal recognizes academic achievement as well as contributions to university and community life. Each of the university’s six colleges is allowed to nominate one student for the award, and the winner is selected by the University’s Senate Committee on Awards. Sullivan, who completed Guelph’s challenging co-operative specialized honours chemistry program, was also named the 2001 recipient of the College of Physical and Engineering Science’s MacNaughton Medal. During her years at Guelph, she received five awards for academic excellence, including the Hypercube Scholar Award, which recognizes the chemistry student with the highest cumulative average. She also earned numerous external honours, including the Society of Chemical Industries Prize in Chemistry, the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry and research grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

In receiving the Winegard Medal, Sullivan was recognized for her high academic achievement (she graduated with a cumulative average of 88.4 per cent) and her extracurricular involvements, including serving as president of the College of Physical and Engineering Science Student Council, working as a peer tutor and serving on numerous university committees. She also worked as a research assistant at Alcan International Limited in Kingston and as a Synthetic Organic Research Assistant at Uniroyal Chemical Limited in Guelph.

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