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Science Student Receives Governor General's Medal at Fall Convocation

Michael GallaugherCongratulations to Michael Gallaugher on receiving one of Canada's most prestigious student awards. Michael, who graduated with a Ph.D. in Statistics, received a Governor General's Academic Gold Medal during Fall Convocation. Michael earned his Ph.D. under the supervisor of Paul McNicholas. “Michael’s thesis stands out as an example of what a Ph.D. student in statistics should aspire to," says Paul. "It has everything from methodological development to high-level computing and real data analyses. I could not be more proud of Michael's work as a Ph.D. student here at Mac and I am looking forward to learning of his future successes” Michael's research focuses primarily on clustering and classification which are the foundation for machine learning and data science. Michael, who is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster, is joining Baylor University, Texas as an Assistant Professor.
Rashik Ahmed

The other student to receive a Governor General's Academic Gold Medal during Fall Convocation - Rashik Ahmed - was supervised by Giuseppe Melacini in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. "It has been a great privilege and a truly enjoyable experience for me to work with Rashik over the last five years," says Giuseppe. "I will always remember the brainstorming sessions with him - not only great science but also real fun. This is one case in which the destination and the journey itself have both been exceptionally rewarding." Rashik, who graduated with a Ph.D. from the Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences program, will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.

Established in 1873, the Governor General's Academic Medal recognizes exceptional achievement.
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