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Fraser Valley instructor nets Governor’s Gold

June 15, 2011

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Jesse Cale
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Calgary native Jesse Cale is one of two Simon Fraser University students to earn a Governor General’s Gold Medal this year.

The coveted medal is bestowed annually on graduate students who have achieved the university’s highest scholastic standing. Having completed the requirements for an SFU PhD in criminology in 2010 there’s no question Cale meets the criteria.

Cale managed to maintain a 4.11 cumulative grade point average while teaching full-time at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Experts in the field have described his doctoral dissertation on the origins of sexual violence against women as groundbreaking.

He has presented at 11 international conferences and has four manuscripts in progress and 10 journal articles or book chapters in the works or already published in top-ranking criminology journals. Add to that numerous awards and scholarships.

Yet when asked how he feels about receiving the gold medal, Cale manages to deflect the attention away from himself.

“It’s been a great honor and, really, it speaks to my former supervisors and professors and the School of Criminology as a whole,” he says. “I’m so proud just to have been a part of that.”

Among his feats, Cale received a prestigious scholarship to conduct postdoctoral research on child sexual abuse at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia.


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