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CEMF names McMaster student as one of Canada’s Leading Undergraduate Women in EngineeringFebruary 23, 2018

Engineering student Alison Bayzat is committed to mentoring youth and giving back go her community, and now she’s being recognized for it.

Bayzat, originally from Oakville, is this year’s Ontario recipient of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) Undergraduate Women in Engineering Scholarship.

The award, valued at $5,000, honours young women in undergraduate engineering programs in five regions across Canada for their leadership and volunteer work. It also comes with extensive networking and promotional opportunities.

“When applying, this award really stood out for me because, unlike so many others, the focus wasn’t just on grades,” said Bayzat, who is currently completing her 5th and final year in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program. “The CEMF really cares about the impact you can make in your community and how you can support and encourage your peers.”

A guiding principle for the CEMF is to encourage women to consider engineering. It’s a principle Bayzat believes in.

After experiencing McMaster Engineering’s Learning Enrichment Advancement Program (L.E.A.P) in high school, Bayzat was inspired to carry on the tradition of encouraging youth, and young women in particular, to get involved with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She became the Director of Venture Engineering and Science, McMaster’s STEM program for elementary school children, then served as secretary, VP External of McMaster’sWomen in Engineering Society and is now entering her second year of being the Co-President. She is the former President of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Society and is the Project Manager for the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team.

“I had really great program leaders [at LEAP]; then my Welcome Week team (McMaster Engineering) was so inviting,” Bayzat said about her volunteer work. “I wanted to become that source of comfort and encouragement for others, too.”

This year, Bayzat was part of McMaster Engineering’s Welcome Week Committee. Bayzat has this advice to share with other engineering students:

“I’ve always been taught that if an opportunity goes out of its way to present itself – you have to take it. And McMaster Engineering gives you the opportunity to do anything you want. Go for it.”

Bayzat will be recognized alongside the other regional winners at an event in Ottawa in late September.