July 26, 2022

Signy Lynch wins York University Barbara Godard Prize and Governor General’s Gold Medal

Ph.D. Graduate Signy Lynch was awarded the York University Barbara Godard Prize for Best Dissertation in Canadian studies for her thesis “Intercultural Relations: Direct Audience Address in Contemporary Theatre in Canada”. The honour is awarded yearly to the doctoral dissertation on a Canadian topic defended at York University that best advances the knowledge of Canada. Special attention is given to dissertations that transcend disciplinary boundaries and demonstrate innovation in thought and/or methodology.

The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies offers the award in memory of a former colleague, Barbara Godard, who made substantial contributions to the study of Canada.  As the winner of the Godard Prize, Lynch will also be nominated for the dissertation prize of the Canadian Studies Network – Réseau d’études Canadiennes to be adjudicated late 2022.

For more information on the Godard Prize, click here.

 Governor General’s Gold Medal Win

For nearly 150 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average an approved college or university program. This year, Ph.D. graduate Signy Lynch won the esteemed prize with her dissertation, “Intercultural relations: direct audience address in contemporary theatre in Canada.”

“I am honoured to have been put forward for and chosen to receive this medal. I am grateful for the encouragement of my many mentors and colleagues, fellow Ph.D. students whose support and friendship were essential to me throughout my Ph.D. journey. I was drawn to York by my program’s (and the broader School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design’s) interdisciplinary approach, which has been an asset to my research and to my development as a scholar and a human being,” said Lynch.

Read more about Lynch, her time at AMPD and the Governor General’s Academic Medals here.