Undergrads earn silver medals

June 05, 2006, volume 36, no. 3

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Christie Foreman and Anastasia Kovaleva don't have a lot in common but they do share the distinction of having the top undergraduate academic grades at SFU, for which they will both receive a Governor General's silver  medal.
Foreman graduates with an honors bachelor of science degree in molecular biology and biochemistry. Her cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.28 out of a possible 4.33 means she earned A+ in almost every course. “I did study a lot,” says Foreman. “I guess I just have a desire to live up to my potential; to test the limits of what I can do.”

Foreman worked for several summers as a student research assistant in SFU's molecular biology labs, which she says was a highlight of her university years. This fall, she plans to attend dental school at the University of Alberta.

Kovaleva, who grew up in Russia and immigrated to Vancouver during her senior high school years, earned a CGPA of 4.17 and graduates with a bachelor of business administration. She is currently articling in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“It's challenging and interesting work, where I meet a lot of people and juggle a lot of problems,” she says. Her studying isn't over, however. Next summer she will write the exams for her chartered accountant designation. “The CA profession opens doors to a lot of opportunities,” she says. “At this point, I'm still trying to figure out what it is I want to do.”

SFU also awards a dean of graduate studies convocation medal to the top undergraduates in each of the faculties. This year's winners are:
  • Geoffrey Peters: applied sciences
  • Thiago Machado De Castro Barros: arts and social sciences
  • Dragana Bodruzic: business administration
  • Rebecca Strand: education
  • Heather Crawford: science

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