Stephanie Barbon Awarded Governor General Gold MedalFor more than 140 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. Based solely on academic criteria, there is no monetary award associated with the medal. The Gold Medals will be presented at Western’s Autumn Convocation ceremony for graduates of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Stephanie Barbon completed her doctoral degree in Chemistry in June with an average of 92.5 per cent. Throughout her graduate studies, she was awarded the most prestigious of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) scholarships and fellowships, including two Canada Graduate Scholarships at both the Master’s and PhD levels. She recently won an NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with one of the top materials scientists in the world, professor Craig Hawker at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Barbon has been a pioneer in the development of multifunctional boron difluoride complexes of formazanate ligands, an intriguing new class of molecular materials. [copied from here]