Meet Student Leader Ryoga Hojo

Ryoga Hojo, DMLA Recipient

Nipissing University is pleased to have recognized Ryoga Hojo from North Bay with the Dave Marshall Leadership Award, one of it's most prestigious accolades.

Annually, 25 full-time students are recognized with a Dave Marshall Leadership Award. These students have made an outstanding extracurricular contribution to their academic program, to the campus, or to the greater community. They have demonstrated leadership, initiative, commitment, and an ability to motivate and influence others toward the betterment of Nipissing University.

This award is a prestigious, non-monetary award in recognition of the dedication and leadership Dr. Dave Marshall demonstrated during his 18 years of consecutive service as the Dean of Education and President and Vice Chancellor of Nipissing University. Dr. Marshall’s tenure at Nipissing University is a reflection of his commitment to higher education, vision for the future, and leadership in external community service. These were all characteristics reflective of Dr. Marshall’s position at Nipissing University and are qualities embodied in the students chosen for this award.

Ryoga is working towards a Bachelor of Science Honours Specialization in Biology. 

Throughout his studies at Nipissing University, Ryoga has demonstrated his leadership in academics as a Chemistry Tutor, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Volunteer, and three-time President's scholarship recipient.  

Ryoga took the initiative to volunteer within the Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Research Lab in 2017-2018 in order to learn the techniques employed in organic chemistry research to prepare for graduate school. While volunteering, he collected significant high-quality research results, which will lead to scientific publications. He is also currently working on a manuscript which will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. 

In addition to these research-related pursuits, Ryoga has also volunteered as an ambassador of the Department of Biology and Chemistry for the "You Be the Chemist Canada" Chemistry Competition which occurred on October 10th, 2018. He has also volunteered with the Nipissing University Ice Fishing Club, for a local retirement home and as a chemistry tutor helping students develop their skills.

Ryoga is an honest, energetic, hardworking individual. He always strives for excellence, which is evident in the quality work he produces both in the classroom and in his various research-related roles. Ryoga will undoubtedly find success in graduate studies in the future. 

The university community congratulates Ryoga on his Dave Marshall Leadership Award in the Academic Category!