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Meet 5 first year engineering scholarship students September 18, 2018

More than 160 first year engineering students were invited to the President's Garden Party at Alumni House on September 13. We spoke with 5 scholarship students who attended the event.

Jared Levy

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Awards

  • HATCH Entrance Scholarships ($32,000 over 4 years)
  • Faculty of Engineering -  Undergraduate Summer Research Award ($5,000)

What field of engineering do you hope to specialize in? 
Materials Science and Engineering

What are your career ambitions? 
I would like to work in research and development in Materials Science.

Outside of school, what are you most passionate about? 
I love to travel and learn more about the world. This past summer I went to Japan for two weeks on my own dime - it was my graduation present to myself.

What are you most excited to experience at McMaster Engineering?  
I am most excited to experience the community and make more friends.  Everyone I have spoken to about university always mentions how much they enjoy going to McMaster, and I look forward to being a part of that.  As it is, I am already feeling comfortable and it is only my third week so I imagine this place will feel like home very soon.

Your McMaster Engineering experience so far, summed up in one sentence: 
My McMaster experience has been very welcoming so far, with everyone ensuring I feel comfortable and at home.

Maddison Konway

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Awards

  • HATCH Entrance Scholarships ($32,000 over 4 years)
  • President’s Award ($2,500)
  • Faculty of Engineering -  Undergraduate Summer Research Award ($5,000)

Where are you from? 
I am from the beautiful Comox Valley, which is situated on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Yes, I travelled almost 3,500 km to attend McMaster!

What field of engineering do you hope to specialize in? 
At the moment, I am mainly considering Engineering Physics or Chemical Engineering. My hope is to extend my time here at Mac to five years by completing the Engineering and Society program as this would give me additional hands-on skills and enrich my education.

What are your career ambitions? 
After graduation, I would love to find my career in the field of sustainable development to possibly minimize climate change. Long term, however, I am considering going back to school and studying to become a medical professional. Although it may not be possible for quite some time, my goal is to move back to British Columbia as it would allow me to be closer to both my family and the ocean, which is truly a part of my soul.

Outside of school, what are you most passionate about? 
There are so many potential answers to this question, but I will narrow it down to three things: my faith;  health, particularly cooking nutritious yet delicious food; and learning to appreciate the small things in life, such as a warm breeze or gazing at the stars at night.

What are you most excited to experience at McMaster Engineering?  
I would have to say I am most excited about the people. Everyone I have met so far is intelligent and unique with their own life experiences and a story to tell. It is such an honour to work alongside my peers, many of whom will be the leaders, innovators, and dreamers of the future.

Sanjula Ganepola

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Awards

  • The Joseph Ip Entrance Scholarship ($10,000)
  • President’s Award ($2,500)
  • Faculty of Engineering -  Undergraduate Summer Research Award ($5,000)

What field of engineering do you hope to specialize in?
My focus is geared towards specializing in Software Engineering, a field that combines engineering, mathematical analysis, design, and computer programming to develop new software that will improve the lives of others.

What are your career ambitions, at this point in your life?
To become a software architect where I can learn to combine technical and leadership skills to develop the software industry. By first gaining this necessary foundation on the path towards starting a software company, I hope to then combine my passion for innovation and technology to make a meaningful contribution to the world.

Outside of school, what are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about programming in my free time. It always fascinates me how I can transform ideas into reality by challenging ideas, designing through collaboration, and discovering new solutions.

What are you most excited to experience at McMaster Engineering?  
McMaster Engineering is a vibrant community of students and faculty members who strive for innovation. I am excited to work in this environment with like-minded individuals whether that be learning from professors, joining McMaster’s Engineering clubs, or participating in engineering design competitions.

Your McMaster Engineering experience so far, summed up in one sentence:
McMaster is what I always thought it was—a community of students, faculty, and staff who value innovation, are open to creativity, and support one another.

Lauren Rotz

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Awards

  • The Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Entrance Scholarship ($1,500)
  • President’s Award ($2,500)
  • Faculty of Engineering -  Undergraduate Summer Research Award ($5,000)

What field of engineering do you hope to specialize in?
Chemical Engineering 

What are your career ambitions, at this point in your life? 
I'm unsure of the exact field I'd like to work in, or what career path to take, but my goals are to help contribute to an innovative and sustainable future.

Outside of school, what are you most passionate about? 
Outside of the classroom my interests lie in trivia, reading and playing soccer. I'm passionate about finding a balance and a range of activities that engage all sides of a person. 

What are you most excited to experience at McMaster Engineering?  
I'm most excited for new opportunities in and out of the classroom, to learn new things and to join the welcoming McMaster community. 

Your McMaster Engineering experience so far, summed up in one sentence: 
A whirlwind in all of the best possible ways. 

Jonathan Que

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Awards

  • Dalvi Family Entrance Scholarship ($7,500)
  • President’s Award ($2,500)
  • Faculty of Engineering -  Undergraduate Summer Research Award ($5,000)

What field of engineering do you hope to specialize in?
I am considering Software Engineering, Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering and Materials Engineering.

Outside of school, what are you most passionate about?
I was a part of many clubs during my high school career and that's what made school fun. Being able to meet people and work as a team to complete something is rewarding.

What are you most excited to experience at McMaster Engineering?
I’m eager to explore the different clubs that Mac Eng has to offer. From the Engineering Musical, to Baja Racing, to Designathon, I am anxious to try as many as I can throughout my time here in McMaster. 

Your McMaster Engineering experience so far, summed up in one sentence: 
Very busy, yet a lot of fun.