"The pursuit of a PhD is an enduring and daring adventure."

To honour the tremendous achievement of earning a doctorate, PhD graduates from the fall 2021 and spring 2022 convocations were celebrated at an exclusive in-person reception.


2021-22 Governor General's Gold Medal


Scott J. Adams, MD, PhD
College of Medicine

Scott Adams has studied the genetics of wheat and chemistry of cancer, become an accomplished pianist and taught music to inner-city children. He’s won national awards, helped organize city events, and served on student government and university committees.

cihr_adams_scott.jpgCurrently, a radiology resident doctor, Scott investigates whether a robotic ultrasound clinic is a feasible solution to improving access to medical imaging in Northern Saskatchewan Indigenous communities.

Tyler Morhart, PhD
Department of Chemistry

morhart,_tyler.jpgTyler Morhart was born and raised in Saskatoon. He started his Bachelor's degree in 2010 and worked for two summers in the Burgess lab. When not in the lab, he could be found running or up late looking through his telescope.

Tyler's doctoral project was on fabricating and characterising substrates for use in surface enhanced infrared spectroscopy (SEIRS). 


The Office of the Governor-General annually awards Gold Academic Medals to students who achieve the highest academic standing at the graduate level. 

PhD Thesis Awards

Life Sciences recipient:

  • Scott Adams, Ph.D., College of Medicine |Thesis:  Improving access to ultrasound imaging in northern, remote communities  

Physical and Engineering Sciences recipient: 

  • Tyler Morhart, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry | Thesis:  Surface-Enhanced Spectroelectrochemistry using Synchrotron Infrared Radiation 

Social Sciences recipients:

  • Kelsi Toews, Ph D., Department of Psychology | Thesis:  The Processes of Help-Seeking and Counsellor Development in the Context of Men who Experience Intimate Partner Abuse  

  • Natalia Zakharchuk, Ph.D., Department of Educational Administration |Thesis: Transforming university governance in the context of the Bologna Process: A case study of Ukrainian higher education 

Event info

Stay tuned for 2023's celebration information!