Co-op Student of the Year Award recipients

Co-op student of the year award winners 2018

Every year, one student from each faculty is presented with a Co-op Student of the Year Award for exceptional contributions to one or more of their work term employers. These awards take place towards the end of the winter term and celebrate student achievements from the winter, spring and fall terms of the previous calendar year.

Congratulations to all Co-op Student of the Year Award recipients.


2018 Co-op Student of the Year Award recipients

Lauren McLennanLauren McLennan

Public Health, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Employer: FullSoul Canada

  • Worked as International Consultant - Project Manager, where she developed the Midwives Meeting Minutes initiative.
  • Improved awareness of FullSoul's purpose and program by 50% in hospitals in Uganda.
  • Increased the percentage of midwives formally trained to use donated equipment from 40% to 75%
  • Coordinated and facilitated FullSoul's annual fundraising trip to Uganda for donors and supporters - raising $13,000 USD
  • Volunteers with on-campus programs Move your Mind and Not Just Tourists.

Krista DuncanKrista Duncan

Speech Communication, Faculty of Arts

Employer: Wealthsimple

  • Trusted to help with performance reviews, employee development plans and compensation strategy.
  • Encourage Wealthsimple to increase the amount of co-op students they hire, resulting in the company's largest group of Engineering co-op students to date.
  • Worked closely with engineering directors and CTO to build out new recruiting processes.
  • Hired to work part-time at Wealthsimple after completing her work term. 
  • Served as treasurer for the Thyroid Foundation of Canada, raising over $100,000.

Nathan DuarteNathan Duarte

Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Employer: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University

  • Served as Wyss Institute Visiting Undergraduate Student.
  • Helped develop bioink to improve cell proliferation and phenotype in vascularized tissue on 3D printed kidney models, decreasing cell proliferation rates from 21 days to three to five days.
  • Co-founded the University of Waterloo's Biotechnology an Bioengineering Conference.
  • Aspires to create wearable consumer devices that will shape healthcare.
  • Awarded the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada 2018 Co-op Student of the Year Award.

James SchnarrJames Schnarr

Environment and Business, Faculty of Environment

Employer: Microsoft Corporation

  • Served as Xbox Marketing Associate.
  • Created a digital content series for Xbox's Canada Day promotion, becoming Xbox Canada's most successful organic campaign to date.
  • Led the 'Xbox Mystery Box' program, educating 2,000 retail staff to drive promotion and sale of Xbox products.
  • Co-developed Microsoft 'Tech Empowerment Day' to offer access to technology and workshops for underprivileged youth.
  • Aspires to continue a career in marketing with environmental sustainability in mind.

Yutong WuYutong Wu

Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics

Employer: Aetion Inc.

  • Served as a Full Stack Engineering student.
  • Took ownership over the Histogram Plot project, rewriting the code used to generate histogram bins and label sizes.
  • Solved longstanding issues around Schoenfeld and Pyramid plots.
  • Helped develop a new feature in the Aetion Evidence Platform to capture drug usage and switching patterns, allowing scientists to distinguish the effects of different drugs.
  • Volunteers for Feds Student Food Bank, where she helps organize marketing campaigns and events.

Stephanie Chan

Biochemistry, Faculty of ScienceStephanie Chan

Employer: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

  • Served as a Clinical Research Assistant.
  • Studied the safety and efficiency of an ultrasound device in its first in-human trial for treating fibroids, creating new processes to decrease the time required to manage the study by 20%.
  • Studied the prevalence and predictors of shortness of breath in patients at palliative radiotherapy clinic, allowing physicians to approach symptom management in a holistic way.
  • Helped patients complete symptom screens, provide physicians with summaries of patient cases, and collaborate to improve patient flow.
  • Active member of AIESEC Waterloo.

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