Lepin awards recognize graduate student excellence – TRU Newsroom
Eight TRU graduate students are being recognized for their dedication and hard work, each receiving $6,600 Ken Lepin Graduate Student Awards.
Benefits of hard work
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners of the 2021 Ken Lepin Prizes of Excellence,” says philanthropist Ken Lepin. “Unfortunately, once again, I am missing the opportunity to meet you but offer my best wishes for your future.
“My advice remains the same: work hard, keep your eye on the prize. Remember you are extraordinary to have come this far despite obstacles along your way. Continue the good work. Congratulations and best wishes.”
Lepin has generously donated $3.98 million to TRU over the years, and recently added $273,000 to increase all his awards by 10 percent to account for post-pandemic inflation.
“We greatly appreciate Ken Lepin’s generosity and ongoing commitment to assisting graduate students at TRU who have proven themselves as exceptional academics, researchers and leaders,” says Troy Fuller, director of Research and Graduate Studies.
Positive impact of award
Student award recipients are thankful to Lepin for his support and recognize the opportunities the award presents.
“After spending many hours in a lab working on various analyses, sometimes you can lose sight of the bigger picture. Receiving the Ken Lepin Award has made me feel supported and reminded me of the importance of my work. With the help of this award, I am looking forward to continuing my graduate studies and contributing to the field of environmental science,” says Master of Science, Environmental Science student Sarah Bayliff.
“Obtaining my MBA while working full-time has been a challenging adjustment to keep up to the demand. It’s an honour to receive the Ken Lepin Graduate Student Award as it instills confidence that my passion, strength, hard work and resilient dedication to my studies are being recognized,” says recipient Michelle McAleese.
This is the seventh year the awards have been offered, for a total investment of nearly $300,000 in our graduate students. The awards are available to domestic students entering their first or second year of a full-time graduate program and are given for outstanding academic achievement in course work, research and community leadership.
Although an on-campus award ceremony isn’t possible this year due to the pandemic, students are still being acknowledged for their success.
Recipients of the Ken Lepin Graduate Student Awards are:
- Sarah Bayliff, Master of Science, Environmental Science
- Serena Girard – Master of Science, Environmental Science
- Jeneen Herns-Jensen – Master of Education
- Michelle McAleese – Master of Business Administration
- Veronica McKelvey – Master of Science, Environmental Science
- Breana Paulos – Master of Education
- Lily Ragsdale– Master of Science, Environmental Science
- Morgan Whitehouse – Master of Education
Thu, Jun 23, 2022 at 11:06 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: People suffer as climate disrupters rake in massive profits
Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 8:48 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Our Best Hikes: Stake Lake Trails
Fri, Jun 17, 2022 at 8:38 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Hamilton Corrals Hike – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Jun 16, 2022 at 9:51 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Should we be working 15-hour weeks?
Mon, Jun 13, 2022 at 8:49 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: The Deep Lake Loop – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Jun 9, 2022 at 8:56 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Deja Vu and the Cocobonk
Thu, Jun 9, 2022 at 6:58 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: A sunny outlook for energy on Canada’s windy Prairies
Wed, Jun 8, 2022 at 8:47 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: A Loop Route on the Orchard Lake Trails
Sat, Jun 4, 2022 at 8:28 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Dikes and Dales – Kamloops Trails
Thu Jun 23 to Sun Jun 26 Cirque du Soleil “OVO”
Fri Jun 24 to Sat Jun 25 The Serious Dogs
Sat Jun 25 Saturday Night Trivia at Alchemy Brewing
Mon Jun 27 Monday Night Trivia at Westsyder Pub
Mon Jun 27 The Stampeders – Celebrating 50 Years
Tue Jun 28 Tuesday Night Trivia at Carlos O’Bryan’s
Wed Jun 29 Wednesday Night Trivia at Fox’N Hounds Pub
Wed Jun 29 Dancing Queen: A Tribute to ABBA
Thu Jun 30 Thursday Night Trivia at Tumbleweeds Pub
Thu Jun 30 Thursday Night Trivia at Rick’n Firkin Pub
Fri Jul 1 to Sat Jul 2 Someone to Blame
Sat Jul 2 Saturday Night Trivia at Alchemy Brewing
Mon Jul 4 Monday Night Trivia at Westsyder Pub
Tue Jul 5 Tuesday Night Trivia at Carlos O’Bryan’s