WRC Distinguished Student Award Recipient 2020
Manpreet Deol is a fourth-year Schulich School of Engineering student where she is studying mechanical and biomedical engineering.
Deol is a recipient of the Schulich Leaders scholarship and is a member of Scholars Academy.
She spent a year as an intern with Garmin as part of their innovation team creating fitness wearables to allow people to take control over their health, embarked on two study-abroad terms, has held four leadership positions with Engineering clubs, and competed in 10 national and international engineering competitions.
Deol also has a strong sense of community and is committed to issues affecting women. She has mentored other students through the Women in Science and Engineering Club, Special Olympics and Best Buddies. As a Students’ Union engineering representative, she was part of the Engineering Diversity Inclusion Action Committee which is designed to ensure engineering is inclusive to underrepresented groups and was a delegate at the YWCA Canada’s Young Women’s National Leadership Summit.
She has worked with her peers in a series of Scholars Academy service projects including Outrun the Stigma Media Optimization where she helped improve accessibility of online information and media awareness about mental health; Human Connection Series where in collaboration with Humans of UCalgary, brought people together through face-to-face storytelling, and the Telus Spark Volunteer Recruitment Strategy where she helped optimize volunteer recruitment and retention as well as build a volunteer database which reflected a diverse demographic.
When she graduates in June, Deol is headed to the University of Oxford in the fall as one of two Rhodes Scholars from UCalgary. She intends to pursue a DPhil in Computer Science with the human-centred computing research group.