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Rotman PhD Graduate Honoured with Governor General’s Gold Medal

June 10, 2022

Toronto – Prof. Joyce He, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management PhD program in organizational behaviour and human resource management, is a recipient for 2021/22 of the Governor General’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. The medal, given each year to three students at UofT determined to have the highest academic standing, is one of the highest honours reserved for graduate students in Canada. For nearly 150 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. 

The research by He, currently an assistant professor of management and organizations at UCLA Anderson School of Business, adopts a social perception lens to investigate mechanisms that perpetuate gender inequality and transform those insights to behaviorally informed systemic interventions to alleviate inequality. During her studies at the Rotman School, Prof. He’s achievements included six peer-reviewed journal publications, numerous grants and awards, and an acclaimed dissertation that proposes a solution to women’s under-representation in promotions using insights from the behavioural sciences.

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Rotman School of Management 
University of Toronto