The Ring

From Lego to mechatronics

Fri, 2012-06-08 10:24

Koiner. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Koiner. Photo: Robie Liscomb

Kristopher Koiner is the kind of guy who knows what he wants and does the thoughtful planning and hard work necessary to achieve it. It’s that goal-oriented strategic approach that’s led to his receiving this year’s IEEE Gold Medal in Computer Engineering, awarded to the student with the highest graduating grade point average in the discipline.


Top humanities student a dedicated ESL teacher

Fri, 2012-06-08 10:22

Leask. Photo: Patty Pitts
Leask. Photo: Patty Pitts

Some students take several years to determine what they want to do with their degree. Then there’s this year’s Humanities Jubilee Medal winner Theresa Leask. The applied linguistics graduate knew that she wanted to be an English as a second language teacher while she was still at Mt. Doug High School.


UVic a launching pad for peripatetic political scientist

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:32

Dandashly
Dandashly

Political scientist Assem Dandashly’s time at UVic took him across continents. Dandashly, who will return to UVic to convocate in June, is currently doing post-doctoral work at the Kolleg-Forschergruppe, Free University of Berlin. He says that UVic offered him the opportunity to travel during his PhD, sharing knowledge between North American and European institutions and deepening his research. It also afforded him a supervisor who has become a friend.


Weeds and verdure in literature and life

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:29

Douglas on her front porch reading Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses. Photo: Kita Dougla
Douglas on her front porch reading Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses. Photo: Kita Douglas

Kita Douglas, who received the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal as the top master's student for program achievement, has a pot of okra growing on her North Carolina porch. Her master’s thesis was about a different type of flora: the Jimson weed in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.


Building a future in heritage conservation

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:26

Neelin. Photo: MIchael Neelin
Neelin. Photo: MIchael Neelin

Some students have the architecture of their academic path laid out from the start; others see it more as ongoing renovations. Put Genevieve Neelin in the latter category. This year’s winner of the Victoria Medal—awarded annually to the student with the highest GPA in the Faculty of Fine Arts—willingly admits university wasn’t originally a big part of her life plan.


Award-winning Medieval Studies student is on her own elf quest

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:19

Burrell. Photo: John Threlfall
Burrell. Photo: John Threlfall

When it comes to planning her academic future, Courtney Burrell looks to the past—which, for a Medieval Studies grad, makes perfect sense. Just don’t chuckle when you find out her current passion is elves.


UVic grad cross-country star by day, musical powerhouse by night

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:14

Mitic in the lead.
Mitic in the lead.

University of Victoria graduate Laura Mitic leads a dual life. By day she is a varsity track and cross-country athlete and by night she is a musical powerhouse in the up-and-coming Victoria band known as Carmanah. Born in Nova Scotia and raised in Victoria, the Claremont High School grad graduates in June with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in environmental studies.


UVic grad changes the face of cancer research

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:10

Matthews. Photo: Valentina Lawrence
Matthews. Photo: Valentina Lawrence

When most physicists are asked about their work, they explain with big words, abstract concepts and confusing theories. Ask Alexander “Quinn” Matthews and he’ll talk about the physics of cancer therapy and medical advances using terms that everyone can understand. Matthews is the top medical physics student to graduate from UVic in its history, and his communication skills are just one of the assets that have made him so successful.


Grad supports access to education

Thu, 2012-06-07 13:20

Brydle. Photo: Marc Christensen
Brydle. Photo: Marc Christensen

John Steinbeck, one of Ann Brydle’s favourite authors, once said teaching “might even be the greatest of the arts, since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” Brydle, who graduates in June with a major in English and minor in professional writing, has witnessed firsthand the effects of inclusive learning.


Co-op helps kinesiology student affirm career goals

Thu, 2012-06-07 13:15

Cox in Wales
Cox in Wales

When Michelle Cox enrolled at UVic, she knew she wanted to study physiotherapy. What she didn’t know was that she’d gain hands-on experience working in the field with real physiotherapists. Cox, who graduates this month with an honours degree in kinesiology, alternated her academic studies with three work terms as part of UVic’s Co-operative Education Program (co-op).