When fourth-year Food Science and Nutrition student Merna Megalla received her Bachelor of Science degree on the morning of June 7 she was also awarded one of the two Governor General’s medals given out at spring Convocation to two undergraduate students standing at the head of the graduating class. What made it even more special this year was that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, was on hand to give Megalla her award as he and his wife, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, were receiving honorary doctorates from Carleton University at the same ceremony.
Megalla has been a top student throughout her four years at Carleton and as her fourth-year research project supervisor Professor Tyler Avis said: “Merna was a joy to have in the lab. Research conducted by the students in their final year is only as good as the student themselves and as Merna is one of the best and brightest students in the history of the program, her work was excellent. I basically gave her direction at the start of her project and then watched her as she did her work, thoughtfully and accurately. I know she will do well in her future pursuits.”
The June issue of Carleton Now also included a profile of Megalla. Read the full article here.