2020 Award Recipients
This award was established in 2008 to recognize exceptional students who have a record of academic achievement, consistently demonstrate leadership, and make significant contributions to our community.
Driven by a promise to her mother to help find a cure for lymphedema, a chronic inflammatory disease commonly associated with cancer treatment, Catharine Bowman came to UCalgary as a high school student and began working with lymphedema expert Dr. Pierre-Yves von der Weid, PhD, at the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases.
Hannah Rahim joined UCalgary as a winner of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship. She is the managing director of STEM Fellowship — a Canadian registered charity that creates mentorship and experiential learning programs to help youth succeed in STEM.
Linhui Yu is an innovative thinker, researcher and volunteer. Her graduate research focused on building optoelectronic systems to quantify vascular brain activity, which can potentially allow scientists new insight into blood flow in the brain and its relationship with normal and diseased states.
Ruth Legese’s motivation stems from her own childhood experience fleeing the Ethiopian-Eritrean war and coming to Canada as a refugee. Having witnessed first-hand the impact health care inequity can have on communities, she is passionate about global health and helping provide quality health care to marginalized groups.
Haley Vecchiarelli was recruited to UCalgary from the United States for her exemplary research abilities. She graduated from Barnard College in New York and had two years as a research assistant under her belt before joining UCalgary.