Hazal Ates, 2021 AWSN Scholarship Recipient
Hazal Ates is in her final year of her Bachelor of Science degree at MacEwan University, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Biological Sciences. Her curiosity in the sciences has substantially influenced her career as she hopes to provide service in the healthcare field. One of her most remarkable achievements during her degree was her work on researching and expanding sustainable Green Chemistry, which is concerned with human and environmental health. Hazal has also interned as a quality control analyst at Exciton Technologies to synthesize silver-based medical devices to prevent infection and disease. As the child of first-generation immigrants, giving back to her community has always been one of her priorities, hoping to be a positive model for youth in Alberta. She dedicates her time to organizations like Edmonton’s Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and Action for Healthy Communities (AHC), which aim to provide struggling individuals with all sorts of relief. She is an integral member of her school’s Muslim Student Organization (MSO) and has recently joined the University of Alberta’s Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST) Youth council. Hazal strives to empower young women, advocate for diversity, and provide students with the right resources and support. She is confident her commitment and leadership will have an engaging and long-lasting mark on her peers and community.