U of T mentored high school students win Canada-Wide Science Fair awards

Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:00:00 AM

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High school students Mikaela Preston, Sandra Dusolt and Naima Raza
Photo: High school students (from left to right) Mikaela Preston, Sandra Dusolt and Naima Raza won several awards each at the Canada-Wide Science Fair held in Toronto in May 2011. They
were mentored by Dr. Brad Bass, Researcher in Environment Canada's Adaptation and Impacts Research Section (AIRS) and Adjunct Professor of the Centre for Environment. 
(Photo from
Abigail Feniza, Grace Yang and CWSF website.)

Congratulations go out to three high school students mentored by Dr. Brad Bass, Researcher in Environment Canada's Adaptation and Impacts Research Section (AIRS) and Adjunct Professor of the Centre for Environment.  At an awards ceremony held May 19, 2011 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Sandra Dusolt, Mikaela Preston and Naima Raza each won several awards at the 50th Canada-Wide Science Fair totalling $43,000. Through a partnership with AIRS and the Centre for Environment, learning opportunities are not only provided to U of T students but also to elementary and high school students, our environmental leaders and stewards of the future.

For her project titled No power, no water, no food, no problem!, Sandra Dusolt of Sir Winston Churchill C.V.I. in Neebing, Ontario won seven awards totalling $24,500 including gold medal entrance scholarships to the University of Western Ontario, University of Ottawa, UBC and Dalhousie University.   Sandra is also being mentored by Dr. Bass in preparation for the MILSET Expo-Sciences International Fair July 18-23, 2011 in Slovakia.  In September, Sandra heads to Helsinki, Finland, selected by Youth Science Canada as Canada's representative at the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) from September 23-28, 2011.

Mikaela Preston of Havergal College in Toronto won five awards totalling $12,000 including the Platinum Award for Best Intermediate Project as well as a gold medal entrance scholarship to the University of Western Ontario for her research on Population Dynamics in Algal Bioreactors.

Naima Raza of Errol Road E.S. in Sarnia won four awards totalling $6,500 including a Gold Medal Entrance Scholarship to the University of Western Ontario Scholarship for her research titled The NEWspaper Fuel: Enhancing Cellulosic Ethanol Production.

With an office and modelling lab at the Centre for Environment, Dr. Bass' research interests include simulating adaptation with anticipatory/emergent computing, green walls and green roofs, community energy systems planning and adaptations to climate change.

View all award recipients at http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/sites/default/files/documents/cwsf/CWSF2011_Results-EN.pdf

For more information on Dr. Bass and AIRS' research at the University of Toronto, please visit http://www.environment.utoronto.ca/Research/FacultyResearch/AIRS.aspx