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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.

Tian Yu wins Physical Sciences Award

Congratulations Tian Miao Yu, winner of the Best in Physical Sciences Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Tian Miao is a grade 12 student at Bayview Secondary School. He is the president of the Model UN club, a debater, and a tenor saxophone performer. In the future, he is aspired to pursue his interest in electrical engineering and experimental physics.

Farah Qaiser speaks at Student Journal Forum

Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a student journal? What are some of the successes and challenges faced by journal editors? What does the editorial process involve?

The University of Toronto recently held an event to answer these very questions – specifically the Student Journal Forum on 24th Jan 2018. The STEM Fellowship Journal’s former editorial board director, Farah Qaiser, attended on behalf of STEM Fellowship, and spoke at the panel session.

In this Medium post, Farah reflects on the key messages from the event, including an overview of the panel session featuring editors from the IDIOM journal, Caméra Stylo, and the University of Toronto’s Medical Journal.

Join STEMpowerment!

Are you an upper year high school or undergrad student in STEM? Would you like to share your experiences with a younger peer who’s aspiring to follow your footsteps? If so, then you should join STEMpowerment as a mentor!

This program gives you the chance to interact with high school mentee(s) based on your mutual areas of interest. You can offer guidance in matters such as how to handle a university courseload, how to get a research position, how to prepare for professional school, and in general any topics that mentees may seek your advice in. If you’re interested, please fill out the application form below:…/1FAIpQLSf2TqQAXFI1Y0PXpf…/viewform


Know a grade 6-9 girl inspired by STEM? Want to share?

#MySTEMStory is here to help! Through video, visuals or writing, tell us: why is STEM important to you? What is it about science, technology, engineering and mathematics that inspires you? Can your STEM story inspire other girls? Click to learn more!