For her proven leadership and passionate volunteering, Lauren Rose has received the $10,000 annual scholarship offered by the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF). This scholarship is intended to enable the winner to be a role model for other young women interested in a career in engineering.
CEMF is a foundation that develops scholarship and award programs, which encourage women to choose engineering as a career. It was created to honour the memory of the 14 women at École Polytechnique whose contributions to Canada ended in such a tragic way on December 6, 1989. This scholarship also aims to encourage female engineering students to inspire others to follow in their footprints, and recognize the valuable contribution women bring to engineering through research, teaching and community involvement.
Rona Hatt Scholarship is named in honour of Rona Hatt, a remarkable Canadian engineer, considered as the first Female Chemical Engineer in the country. Despite obstacles that lay on her academic path, Hatt worked tirelessly alongside her male classmates in classroom and in the field, and was often ahead of the class. After graduating in chemical engineering in 1922 from the University of British Colombia (UBC), Hatt spent her time teaching at Victoria High School and helping veterans returning from the Great War with their UBC engineering course work.
Lauren Rose is pursuing a Master’s degree with a thesis focused on gas separations with membranes, under the supervision of Professor F. Handan Tezel in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is also a Teaching Assistant in the same department.
Department Director David Taylor remarks, “I just got word regarding the Rona Hatt Scholarship - that is wonderful news (and most deserving)! Congratulations! I think your achievement serves as a tremendous role model for the rest of the Department and Faculty student body”.
Dr. Claude Laguë, the Faculty’s Dean also applauds this achievement. “Lauren, Congratulations on your success! Well done!”