Mariko Shimoda, a second-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Waterloo, is the winner of a scholarship from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) for the Ontario region. She is one of five remarkable women from regions across the country to receive the 2017 CEMF Undergraduate Women in Engineering Scholarship.
With this honour, Shimoda is recognized as a strong ambassador for the profession based on her leadership, volunteerism and community involvement. The award is valued at $5,000 and comes with extensive networking and promotional opportunities for Shimoda.
Each $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the most promising woman in an accredited undergraduate engineering program in Canada. CEMF noted that the level of competition this year was outstanding, with many strong ambassadors for women in engineering. However, even among the very best, the five women receiving scholarships stood out.
All of the recipients are actively involved in their communities, volunteer many hours to help others and are strong role models for the engineering profession. Their accomplishments will be recognized at the CEMF Award Event being held this September in Ottawa, Ontario.
“It is heartening to see so many qualified and capable applicants. This makes our job to choose just one very hard,” says Julie Lassonde, CEMF President. “Each of these young women are worthy award winners and we look forward to watching them continue to help connect young Canadians, through their passionate volunteerism, with engineering and its vast possibilities as a viable career choice for other young ladies. We're delighted to see their infectious enthusiasm for engineering and are thrilled to be supporting them in their future endeavours.”
Since 1990, the Foundation has been promoting engineering as a career choice for young Canadian women through its extensive award and networking program, a website that attracts thousands of new visitors a month, social media, and high school outreach.
Full details on the honour posted on www.cemf.ca