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Grad Student Receives National Academic Medal

Claudio TurcoA natural leader and genuine humanitarian from the Department of Kinesiology was recognized with a Governor General's Academic Gold Medal at last month's Fall Convocation. 

Claudia Turco earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology in 2016 and completed her PhD in Kinesiology this year. Claudio's PhD focused on using non-invasive brain stimulation to study neural pathways. She also created curriculum for an outreach program that helps elementary students learn how the brain works.

"It was a pleasure to supervise Claudia," says Aimee Nelson, Canada Research Chair in Sensorimotor Control and Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. "Claudia is incredibly motivated, a natural leader, deeply intelligent and a genuine humanitarian. Among other things, Claudia taught my lab the importance of reliability statistics in brain stimulation research. She developed new national and international collaborations that we will continue in her absence. I am honored to have been a part of her journey and look forward to our continued research and friendship."

Claudia is currently in medical school at the University of Alberta, with plans to continue her clinical research and go into neurology or physical medicine and education. 

Established in 1873, the Governor General's Academic Medals recognizes outstanding students for their scholastic achievements. Bronze medals are awarded at the secondary school level, collegiate bronze at the post-secondary diploma level, silver at the undergraduate level and gold for students who achieve the highest academic standing at the graduate level. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are just some of the more than 50,000 people who have received the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Read more about Claudia in the Daily News.
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