Student Information

Philosophy Awards and Prizes

The Father Charles R. MacDonald Medal
The Father Charles R. MacDonald Memorial Medal is the Department’s highest award to a graduating student, and is normally awarded at convocation. It honours Fr. MacDonald, who taught at StFX from 1946 to 1974.

The Father Edo Gatto Award
The Father Edo Gatto Memorial Award is presented to a student who shows excellence in mediaeval philosophy – particularly in Department’s courses in that area. It was established in honour of Fr. Gatto (BA 1952), who died tragically in a motor vehicle accident in December 1991.

The Paul V. Groarke Book Prize in Philosophy
The Paul Groarke Book prize is an award of excellance, recognizing distinguished academic achievement in Ethics, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law.

Recipients

Father Charles R. MacDonald Memorial Medal in Philosophy

(established 1976)

2017 - Calvin Scott Dewolfe
2016 - Sarah Kathryn Beattie & Samuel Rolland MacDonald
2015 - Ryan John Langevin
2014 - Kayla Joy Wiebe
2012 - Paul Andrew William Niesiobedski
2011 - Oliver Cresswell
2010 - Jared Richards
2009 - Peter Joseph Lamey
2008 - Mary Joanne Curry
2007 - Dary Laughlin Robert Jessome
2006 - Therese Tisseverasinghe
2005 – John Martin Capstick
2001 – Dennis Morley Lever
1998 – Sheila Irene McMullin
1997 – Ken Mahoney
1996 – Brent Douglas Timmons
1995 – Sean Adrian MacEachern
1994 – Gregory Bernard Emerson
1993 – Marc Eugene Ozon
1992 – David Wade Decoste
1989 – Gerald Francis Alexander and Sean Mark Gatien
1988 – Robert Bruce MacKeen
1987 – Derek John Simon
1986 – Kenneth Jones Swick
1985 – John Darrel Desroches
1980 – Gerald James Berry
1978 – Edward Michael Hyland
1976 -- Frances Lonergan (Baldner) [first award]

Father Edo Gatto Memorial Award in Mediaeval Philosophy

(established in 1993)

2017 - Caitlin Thomas
2014 - Kayla Joy Wiebe
2012 - Cassidy Taylor Fortin
2010 - David McKernan
2008 - Mary Joanne Curry
2004 – Daniel McCulloch
2003 – William Brown
2000 – Dennis Lever
1998 – Scott Cleary
1996 – Brent Douglas Timmons
1993 – Vanessa MacPherson [first award]

The Paul V. Groarke Book Prize in Philosophy

(established 2006)

2017 - Dominic Alexander Hughes
2015 - Matthew Attila Fletcher
2014 - Eric John Scarffe
2013 - Paul David Hasket
2012 - Amanda Frances Daignault
2010 - Ryan Blood
2009 - Emily Gray
2008 - Nadia House
2007 - James Snow
2006 - Jordan Brennan

Student Quotes

"I highly recommend a degree in philosophy from St. F.X.. Philosophy opens one to the perennial questions about metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, logic, science and human nature itself. I greatly value the education I received from the philosophy department at X. The department's professors are a source of wisdom and understanding to students who are encouraged and challenged in their studies. An education in philosophy enables one to think critically, discuss issues intelligently and pursue a diversity of careers. Philosophy at X is an valuable opportunity which students should not miss."

- Vanessa McPherson; Class of '92
 

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