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Philip Ding wins Best Overall Award

Congratulations Philip Ding, winner of the Best Overall Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Philip is a first year student at the University of Toronto. In addition to scientific research, he also enjoys volunteering, playing badminton and music. He is motivated to pursue his interest in band and piano in the future.


Angela Lin wins Mathematics Award

Congratulations Angela Lin, winner of the Best in Mathematics Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Angela is a grade 12 student at Seattle Preparatory School. In addition to being a researcher, she is also the president and founder of a career-connected learning initiative, a Seafair student ambassador, and a nationally ranked debater. In the future, she is aspired to continue her journey in the field of AI technology.


Alex Whidden wins Mathematics Award

Congratulations Alex Whidden, winner of the Best in Mathematics Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Alex recently graduated from Charles P. Allen High School. She is inspired to create her own mathematical models of important real-life situations. She enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, running, camping, and being in the outdoors. She also loves reading and writing.


Zahra Fazal wins Literature Review Award

Congratulations Zahra Fazal, winner of the Best in Literature Review Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Zahra is a first year student at the University of British Columbia. She enjoys playing competitive scrabble, writing novels, performing spoken word poetry and advocating for the rights of under-represented groups such as children with mental disabilities, refugees and people with albinism. In the future, she is motivated to obtain a degree in public health.



Tony Nguyen wins Biological Sciences Award

Congratulations Tony Nguyen, winner of the Best in Biological Sciences Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Tony is a first year university student who recently graduated from Britannia Secondary. He is interested in marine biology and molecular genetics. In the future, he wishes to pursue a degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Christiane Fox to attend Big Data Day!

Christiane Fox will be attending Big Data Day as our roundtable participant!

Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth, Privy Council Office Government of Canada

Christiane Fox was appointed Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth in June 2017. She previously held the position of Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Communications and Consultations at the Privy Council Office (PCO) from March 2015 to June 2017. Prior to that, she had been Director of Operations, Policy, in the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Relations Secretariat and Director General of Communications at the Privy Council Office.

Prior to her arrival at the PCO, she had spent 10 years at Industry Canada, now Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. She worked in Communications, in the Deputy Minister’s Office, the Minister’s office and in Science Policy. She also spent a year with the Competition Policy Review Secretariat, as the Director of Communications and Consultations.

Christiane started her career as a Communications Advisor at Industry Canada in 2002.

Christiane has a BA in Mass Communications and Psychology from Carleton University, and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Masters Certificate Program in Public Administration.

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Christiane Fox

Sous-ministre, Affaires intergouvernementales et de la jeunesse, Gouvernement du Canada

Christiane Fox a été nommé Sous-ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales et de la jeunesse en juin 2017. Elle a occupé le poste de secrétaire adjointe du Cabinet, Communications et consultations au bureau du Conseil privé (BCP) de mars 2015 à juin 2017. Elle était auparavant directrice des Opérations, Politique, au sein du Secrétariat des relations fédérales-provinciales-territoriales du BCP.

Christiane possède une vaste expérience des communications gouvernementales. Elle a occupé des postes à des échelons de plus en plus élevés, y compris pendant trois ans à titre de directrice générale des Communications stratégiques au BCP. Avant son arrivée au BCP, elle avait consacré dix années à Industrie Canada, maintenant Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada. Elle était dans le domaine des communications, au bureau du sous-ministre, au cabinet du ministre et à la Division des politiques scientifiques. Elle a également travaillé pendant un an avec le Groupe d’étude sur les politiques en matière de concurrence, à titre de directrice des Communications et consultations.

Christiane a entrepris sa carrière en 2002 en tant que conseillère en communications à Industrie Canada. Elle y a travaillé avec d’autres secteurs ministériels et avec des organismes partenaires du portefeuille, comme l’Agence spatiale canadienne, la Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation, le CRSH et le CRSNG.

Christiane détient un baccalauréat en communications de masse et en psychologie de l’Université Carleton, et un certificat de maîtrise en administration publique de l’Université d’Ottawa.

2018 Big Data Day Winners

Congratulations to all participants and the winners of STEM Fellowship’s 2018 National Big Data Challenge!

Winners of the Digital Science Award: University of Toronto Schools

Winners of the Arnold Chan Student Innovation Award, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada: Tanenbaum CHAT

This year’s competition had the theme of ‘Sustainability: Think Global and Act Local with Big Data’. High school students across Canada tacked sustainable development problems, including those outlined in the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, by designing environmentally sound solutions using programming and data science.

We would like to thank the Canadian Commission for UNESCO for their patronage, Mark Morreale, SAS academic program lead, Dr. Guido Vettoretti, Senior Research Associate of the University of Toronto, Angèle Cyr, Senior Advisor of Public Affairs at CCUNESCO, and Emma Rogers, Manager within the Corporate Affairs team of the Royal Bank of Canada for judging the competition. We would also like to thank RBC, Digital Science, Altmetric and Overleaf for sponsoring this year’s Challenge.

Adrian Stanley on Scholarly Kitchen

Interesting read from the SSP President-Elect and STEM Fellowship Board Member, Adrian Stanley!

Adrian Stanley suggests that mentors should try to think like Michelangelo, who “approached the craft of sculpting with the humble conviction that a unique and beautiful piece of art already existed within the stone, and his job was only to release it.”


STEMpowerment Seminar #2

Are you planning on pursuing careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)? Do you want to gain relevant experience in your field? Do you want to expand your skillset?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should check out the second webinar in the STEMpowerment Webinar Series – Summer Opportunities!

Following our highly popular webinar on post-secondary applications, we will be delivering our next webinar on February 25th from 12PM-1PM PST / 1PM-2PM MT / 3PM-4PM EST. Our experienced presenters will be offering insight into job hunting and applications. No registration / fees are required. Simply access the livestream by visiting the STEM Fellowship Facebook page. The webinar will be available for viewing afterwards on the page as well!

Recruiting Layout Editors!

NOW Recruiting: Layout editors for the STEM Fellowship Journal!

The STEM Fellowship Journal (SFJ) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly research by high school and university students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. To date, we have published five issues, and ~50 manuscripts, graphical abstracts, op-eds and more. By joining as a Layout Editor, you join a large, diverse student editorial board, and have the chance to develop both your design and scientific communication skills.

As a Layout Editor, your role will primarily revolve around preparing manuscripts for publication i.e. you will receive complete manuscripts (which have been copy-edited and peer-reviewed), and you will typeset them into the STEM Fellowship Journal’s template files. You will likely have to prepare 1-2 manuscripts per month. The only requirement for this role is to be familiar AND have access to Adobe InDesign. Please note that the STEM Fellowship Journal has previously prepared InDesign templates, and so for this role, extensive design experience is valuable, but NOT necessary.

Feel free to email Jayneel (the Student Editorial Board Director) at if you have any further questions. To apply, please send your CV directly to

Thank you for your interest in STEM Fellowship! We look forward to receiving your application.