Kayla Stan

Kayla Stan

2009-2010 AWSN Scholarship

Janice Richardson



Program: 2nd year Environmental Earth Sciences, University of Alberta, may specialize in hydrology


Age: 19


Hometown: Edmonton


Career Aspiration: ” I would like to work in the area of Water Sustainability for countries that do not have clean water.”


Kayla’s interest in science blossomed the summer after grade 11 when she became involved in the WISEST summer research program and was placed in a laboratory studying Paleolimnology - the study of reconstructing environment lakes. This experience then helped her to obtain a job working in the lab at university. Between school and working in the lab, Kayla has become very interested in water sustainability.


”Water is a really important resource and I am interested in finding home grown solutions, what the problems are where water is not safe, what are the pollution problems and how to fix them.”


Kayla has a big heart for helping other people. Not only is her career goal to improve water sustainability for third world countries, but she has also started her own charity growing and providing plants to long term patients at the Glen Rose hospital in Edmonton. She also volunteers with another charity that provides winter garments such as scarves, hats and mitts to homeless people in Edmonton. In addition to all these activities, Kayla is a mini study group leader for the Latin Association and on the executive for her sorority.


Kayla remembers two teachers in particular that really encouraged her to pursue her interest in the Sciences . A Junior High teacher was a strong proponent of women in sciences. He encouraged Kayla to take part in the SET program - a one day Science, Engineering and Technology conference for high school girls. Her Physics teacher inspired her to become involved in the sciences and community work making a huge impact on what she is doing today.


Kayla encourages girls considering a Science career to keep pursuing it.


”There are so many areas in Science to get into with huge opportunities, there are new fields just developing so try something new, something creative. High school subjects can seem a little dry but it gets better!”