Michael Oatway and Andrew Larsen recipients of President's Award

Michael Oatway, a graduate student in Biology, and Joel Scherban, a graduate student in Business Administration and the first captain of the Lakehead University Thunderwolves Hockey Team, are being given the President’s Award (Graduate Level) at Convocation 2007.  The President's Award (Undergraduate Level) will be given to Andrew Larsen in the Applied Biomolecular Program in the Department of Biology.  The President’s Award is given annually to the students who have occupied positions of responsibility in student organizations and who, by their activities and achievement, have earned the gratitude of the University. 
Ms. Michael Oatway came to Lakehead from Orillia, Ontario, and completed a Master of Science in Biology in the fall of 2006. She is highly regarded by professors and peers  for her leadership and teaching skills, and for her understanding of what it takes to produce quality science — careful forethought and a well researched plan.  Her thesis, which dealt with habitat selection by wildlife, and was supervised by Dr. Douglas Morris, has been accepted for publication by the Canadian Journal of Zoology.
Mr. Andrew Larsen was born in Thunder Bay and began his studies at Lakehead after graduating from Hammarskjold High School. In the spring of 2007 he completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Bio-Molecular Science. During his time at Lakehead Andrew competed as a sprinter for the varsity track and field team and is a three time CIS academic All-Canadian. As an undergraduate he was active in research with both the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry. His honours thesis involved the characterization of E6 oncoproteins from Human Papillomaviruses and was completed under the supervision of Dr. David Law and Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe (TBRHSC). His hard work and dedication in his coursework resulted in numerous academic honours, including three NSERC Undergraduate Research Awards. Starting this fall, Andrew is pursuing a graduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto.