2018 Tavender Award Winner: Simran Gulati, Faculty of Science

SimranCongratulations to honours cell biology student Simran Gulati, who has won the $5,000 Tavender Award to further her Stretch Experience. Over the past summer, she travelled to India with the Rotary Club to spread awareness of menstrual hygiene in rural communities.

After ten weeks touring villages surrounding Chandigarh, a city in India, Simran spoke to over 1,300 males and females between the ages of 13 and 40. While not a controversial topic in Canada, her menstrual hygiene campaign faced opposition in India because of outdated gender norms and wide-spread myths. She persevered, believing, “The holes in their education leads to holes in their health.” She raised awareness by presenting at schools and answering personal questions one-on-one. Her efforts positively impacted gender equality in the communities, and by extension, the individuals she reached. Simran speaking to a school of girls

Simran is proud of the success of her project and is even more passionate about the issue than when she began. Now that she has gained confidence in her ability to make a difference, she sees opportunities to raise awareness locally. With the $5,000 award, Simran plans to offer educational sessions in Edmonton, expanding the scope to address menstrual hygiene for individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are experiencing homelessness. We’ve seen her tenacity to succeed and know she’ll continue to make a positive impact with this project.

Read More on Simran's Story

2017 Award Winners


Tavender Award: Kaitlyn Walcheske, Faculty of Secondary Education 

Kaitlyn Walcheske, a fourth-year student, has won funding to uplift the voices Indigenous students and raise awareness about barriers to education.

Kaitlyn's Stretch Experience took her to Finland over the summer to study how Sámi culture was integrated into the Finnish education system. She now plans to use the award to facilitate sharing locally. She has joined a Zine Project at the U of A called Nantâwihiwêwin (Cree for “doctoring yourself day after day for a long time”), that helps their readers heal their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves. Further, she is working with the National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education to continue interviewing educational stakeholders to collect stories of best practices.

We're proud of Kaitlyn's dedication and look forward to seeing where her project takes her! Read more about her project, in her own words, on the PLLC Stretch blog.


Entry Award Winners

Radha Saikia, Faculty of Arts

Weatherill Family Award

Radha Saikia is a 3rd year Psychology student in the Faculty of Arts, and is currently on a 12-month work placement with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General in the Community Corrections Division. She is also Co-President of UAlberta, a student group on campus that promotes mental health awareness. In previous years, Radha has taken on several leadership roles as an executive member in multiple student groups or in her work/volunteer experience. She has been VP Events for multiple student groups & volunteered for several departments on campus including International Student Services and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services, and won a Students’ Union Award for spearheading a mental health initiative for campuses across Canada. Her future plans include getting a Master’s and a PhD degree in Psychology, and eventually working in forensics.


Joel Tatlow, Alberta School of Business

Roger Phillips PLLC Scholarship in Business

Joel Tatlow is a Marketing major at the Alberta School of Business entering his third year of studies. Professionally, he hopes to spend his life helping fine arts organizations realize their full potential by consulting with them about the commercial aspects of their ventures. As an arts administrator, he has spent time working with local Alberta theatre companies and student arts organizations coordinating various aspects of their business operations, including public relations, digital marketing, press liaising, volunteer management, community engagement, partnership management and fiscal budgeting. In his free time, Joel is an improvisor and classically trained vocalist.

Alex Wong

Alexander Wong, Faculty of Medicine

Cecil E Race Leadership Scholarship

Alexander Wong is a second-year medical student enrolled in a dual MD/MBA program. Prior to starting medical school, Alex completed two years of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Calgary. He has a strong interest in exploring the intersections between health equity and health systems innovation. Particularly, he wants to examine how social justice can be incorporated within the political and economic confines of the Canadian healthcare system. As a future physician, Alex aspires to work towards improving health outcomes for populations experiencing health inequities, and to address health disparities through upstream, cross-sector, and systemic-level innovation. Currently, he is creating an initiative within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry to reduce admissions barriers for applicants from Indigenous and lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

Stretch Experience Award 

Peter Lougheed Leadership College scholars are eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of a successful Stretch Experience. For more information about academic and co-curricular scholarships available to University of Alberta students, visit the Office of the Registrar and/or the Students’ Union’s Awards websites. Students in financial need should apply for a Supplementary Bursary through the Office of the Registrar.


Learn about the Stretch Experience requirements on our website, or read the students' own words on the Stretch Experience Blog.

Looking for more information?

For full details on awards offered to PLLC scholars, visit the Registrar Office's Awards website.