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Undergrad chosen for 2010 McGraw-Hill Ryerson Scholarship

Tanya Stemberger, left, with Professor Elizabeth Page-Gould, who nominated her for the award

UTSC student Tanya Stemberger has been awarded a 2010 McGraw-Hill Ryerson Scholarship. The annual McGraw-Hill Ryerson Scholarship awards are highly competitive and provide $1,000 to twenty students from universities and colleges across Canada who demonstrate both academic and personal integrity, as well as engagement and initiative both in and out of the classroom. Tanya was selected from over 500 candidates.

A Biology student at UTSC, Stemberger has volunteered at and managed the Andrade Lab (Integrative Behavioural Ecology of Mating), and has been a member of the UTSC Drama Society, the Biology Students’ Association and the Life Sciences Student Union. She was the placement coordinator for the Science Engagement Program, which gives science undergrads an opportunity to apply their classroom lessons in research and service. Stemberger both promoted the program and helped guide students who belonged to it. She also volunteered to help students apply for NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Undergraduate Research Awards.

Her diverse academic and research achievements made her stand out to nominator Elizabeth Page-Gould, her Social Psychology professor, who said she was “happy and proud” when hearing that Stemberger had been awarded the scholarship.

“I believe [the judges] picked up on the breadth and depth of her skills and the extent to which she gives back to the community,” she says. “Tanya is a renaissance woman; it is amazing that she has been able to do so many things, and, most importantly, to do them all remarkably well.”

Stemberger will be graduating in December, working in the Andrade Lab until April and then moving to British Columbia to work as a lab technician and researcher at Simon Fraser University in the Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology Research Group. Next September, she begin her Masters at SFU. She plans to pursue her PhD and give presentations, where she hopes to “get an audience or at least one person in the audience as excited as I am about the bit of the universe I’m figuring out.”

Stemberger plans on putting the scholarship money towards a new computer for her graduate studies.

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