Media Release | May 23, 2014

UBC Engineering students receive Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation scholarships

Vancouver, Canada -- UBC Engineering students Christina Noel and Andrea Palmer have been announced as 2014 scholarship recipients by the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation.

Noel, a fourth-year Civil Engineering student has been named the recipient of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) scholarship for the British Columbia region. The CEMF recognizes her as one of five top undergraduate women engineering students across Canada with its Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship of $5,000

She was first exposed to engineering when she began competing in the Thompson Rivers University Popsicle Stick Bridge Building contest at the age of 13. At UBC Christina is the Vice President of the Civil Engineering Club, member of the UBC CSCE Student Chapter, and editor of the department’s monthly newsletter, the Civil Underground. She was chosen as UBC’s Head Delegate at the 2013 National Conference on Women in Engineering. In addition, she is involved in her community as a Brownie leader with Girl Guides of Canada– an organization she`s been part of for 17 years. This past March, Christina was chosen to represent the Girl Guides of Canada at an international conference on “Young Women Leading for a Greener Future,” hosted at the Guiding World Centre in Adelboden, Switzerland.

Andrea Palmer, a fourth year Mechanical engineering student, receives the Dillon Consulting Ltd. Undergraduate Women in Engineering Scholarship.  In conjunction with Dillon Consulting and the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) the $5,000 scholarship is presented to a woman studying engineering who is leader in her community, a dedicated volunteer and a strong ambassador for the engineering profession.

Palmer has been team captain as well as the technical lead of the autonomous soccer-playing robot team, the UBC Thunderbots. This past year, she served as President of the Engineering Undergraduate Society and has been involved with Engineers without Borders as a Fair Trade Liaison. In the greater UBC community she has acted as a MUG leader and hosted an Imagine Day Meet the Dean session, all designed to encourage new students at UBC. Palmer is also an ambassador for women in engineering. She is a student co-ordinator for the Women in Engineering program, helping to mentor and support female engineers throughout their time at UBC

The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation was founded in 1990 to develop scholarship and award programs that encourage women to choose engineering as a career to honour the memory of the 14 women at École Polytechnique whose contributions to Canada ended on December 6, 1989.

CEMF is committed to creating a world where engineering meets the needs and challenges of Canadians by utilizing the skills and talents of men and women alike, promoting engineering as a career choice with the generous support of Canadian corporations and many individual engineers from coast to coast. The Foundation provides a total of 13 scholarships at the undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels of study and promotes engineering as a career choice for women through their website, press releases, Annual Awards Luncheon and scholarship winner presentations to high school students.

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ErinRose Handy
UBC Faculty of Applied Science

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