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Dr. Regis Duffy Academic Achievement Award
Other Post Grad
|Application Form:||Application Form|
|Process:||Any member of the university community may submit a recommendation letter in support of a student to Scholarships Office by posted deadline.|
|Description:||Awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated to an outstanding degree the qualities of scholarship and leadership within the University community, and who is not receiving a Governor General's Medal. Cash prize and medallion.|
|Background:||This award was created in honour of Dr. J. Regis Duffy. Regis Duffy's roots run deep in the Island's soil.He was born and raised on Earl and Annie Duffy's farm in Kinkora, the eldest in a family of 12. Aftergraduating from the local high school, he attended St. Dunstan's University, one of UPEI's predecessorinstitutions, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1953. His distinguished career as a scientist began in 1962 when he graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from FordhamUniversity an d took charge of the fledgling Chemistry department at St. Dunstan's University. He upgraded thelaboratories, expanded the curriculum, and introduced summer research programs for undergraduates. In 1969, hewent on to become the first Dean of Science at the newly-established University of Prince Edward Island. Thefollowing year, he spread his wings beyond the confines of academia out into the burgeoning entrepreneurialfield of chemical manufacturing. This led him to establish his first off-campus laboratory to exploreresearch possibilities in the health care field. From humble beginnings, producing one compound for a U.S. customer with $10,000 in sales the first year,Diagnostic Chemicals has grown into a major manufacturer of fine research chemicals, enzymes, and analyticalsystems for blood analysis that employs more than 250 people. Biovectra dcl, as it is now known, manufacturesand markets more than 400 products with annual sales between $35 and $40 million. Dr. Duffy's company hasbeen listed as one of Canada's Top 100 employers for 16 consecutive years. This recogn ition highlights hislifelong commitment to the well-being of his employees, as well as the health of the PEI economy. Dr. Duffy has supported UPEI in many ways. In addition to philanthropic support, he chaired the UPEI Board ofGovernors for 10 years, retiring from that positio|