News at Medicine - September 2020 - Graduate student double win

Graduate student double win
September 9, 2020
Gaylene Russell McEvoy used her time during her masters degree to give back to her fellow students and, for that, she recently received two generous awards.
Gaylene is the recipient of both The Chancellor's Graduate Award and The Fry Family Foundation Graduate Leadership Award.
The Chancellor’s award is the most prestigious leadership recognition award given by Memorial University, presented for outstanding leadership contributions to graduate student life and other areas of the community during your university years. The Fry Family Foundation Graduate Leadership Award is presented to the recipient who has been selected to receive The Chancellor’s Graduate Award.
“I was very excited to find out that I was recognized for my volunteering and giving back to the university community. I couldn’t have done it without the help of all the people I’ve volunteered with.” 
Originally from Miramichi, NB, Gaylene completed her BSc in biology at Memorial before graduating in May with her MSc in medicine (cardiovascular sciences). She is now working on her PhD, focused on identifying blood flow regulation mechanisms that are impaired in type 2 diabetes, under the supervision of Dr. Graham Fraser. She’s interested in developing new tools that can be used to advance the current knowledge of diseases which ultimately improves therapeutic treatments for patients.
While completing her master's degree, Gaylene was involved in several societies on campus including MUN Minds and the Medical Graduate Student Society (MGSS, a group that represents, supports and advocates for all graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine. In 2018, she became the co-chair of MUN Minds, during this year they expanded their in-person peer support program that provides undergraduate and graduate students with a place to go when they are feeling stressed. They also organize the annual Move for Mental Health, Affettuoso, a classical concert, and Speak Out a mental health conference, all raising awareness for mental health both at Memorial and in the community. 
“Since beginning my time at Memorial I have had the pleasure of being surrounded by fantastic leaders and team members who have all strived to have a positive impact on student life,” Gaylene noted. “These individuals have encouraged me to continue making a positive change and pass along my knowledge to help the next leaders at Memorial.”