CST Graduate Award winner Zion Lee

Zion approaches his future with equal parts excitement and humour. He acknowledges outright that his parents are quite surprised with the way he turned out. He was a rebellious teenager and his parents, immigrants from Hong Kong, considered him an unlikely candidate for university. However, Zion credits the support of his parents and his brother for the success he has found now that he has chosen to apply his talents to an academic career.  This support has come with considerable sacrifice since Zion describes his family as low income.

CST Graduate Award winner Tim Wu

Tim Wu is curious.  From a very early age, he has always wanted to understand and improve the world around him. Throughout his high school years, Tim channeled his curiosity into the sciences.

CST Graduate Award winner Simon Beshara

When asked about his future in medicine, Simon emphasizes the importance of being both a physician and a scientist; “Classically, academia and medicine have been on two different tracks: You had people who went into treating people based on what we know, and you had people who dedicated their lives to helping us know more.  As medicine and research evolved, we realized that we need people to do both because it’s those practitioners who see what people need who are the ones best placed to find where we can go next.  So, there’s a big push for this sort of physician-scientist balanc

CST Graduate Award winner Ruth Lebel-Almaw

Ruth Lebel-Almaw knows her future will be realized in the field. She will travel and discover, learn more, see more and do more.  Through her lens, the world is massive and culture is everywhere. She wants to be part of making meaningful change.  With the help her Elizabeth B. Wright Award from the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, Ruth will attain a Master's in Development Practice from the University of Waterloo in which she will gain professional training on how to better identify and address the challenges of extreme poverty and sustainable development. 

CST Graduate Award winner Natasha Goncharenko

For Natasha, the future is limitless. She is excited about the options that await her as she embarks on her Master’s Degree in Clinical Science in Speech Language Pathology at Queen’s University.  She keeps an open mind when thinking about which areas within her field she will focus on, but she is sure about one thing – she will combine all that she will learn with the latest and greatest tools to give people a voice, quite literally.

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