Farrahi captures science award

Mar 20, 2003, vol. 26, no. 6



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Shirin Farrahi (left) firmly believes that the field of engineering science offers unlimited career opportunities for women.

Already, the second year engineering science student is torn between a work internship in fuel cell research and another in biomedical engineering where she would assist with artificial limb replacement research.

As one of just three B.C. recipients of the National Research Council's 2003 women in engineering and science awards, Farrahi will participate in three work placements worth approximately $30,000 over the next two years. “The work terms will be a great opportunity to gain the research experience I need to attend graduate school,”says Farrahi.

A graduate of Lisgar collegiate institute in Ottawa, Farrahi has taken a leadership role at SFU. During her first year she was a representative to the engineering undergraduate student society and this year heads up the SFU women in engineering science support group, where she is organizing a mentorship program between lower and upper level female students.

During the summer semester, she was awarded a grant to attend the international conference for women in engineering and science and spoke at the annual meeting of the division for the advancement of women in engineering and geoscience.

This is the third consecutive year that an SFU student has won an NRC women in engineering and science award.

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