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UAlberta Rhodes Scholars


Mackenize
2018 Rhodes Scholar

Mackenzie was one of two UAlberta students awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2017, and will begin her studies at Oxford in the fall of 2018. Upon graduation from the U of A, Mackenzie will receive degrees in Education and Human Ecology, as well as a certificate from the Peter Lougheed Leadership College.

At a young age, Mackenzie was exposed to the challenges pregnant and parenting teen mothers experience in their day-to-day lives. This led her to create the Post-secondary Possibilities Program for high school students at Braemar School to visit Edmonton post-secondary campuses and explore their educational opportunities. Mackenzie has a passion for improving the quality of life for people of all ages, from teenage mothers to aging populations. During her studies, she conducted research with AGE-WELL and conducted an ethnographic study on people with dementia. 

At Oxford, she plans to pursue a Master of Science degree in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation. Upon her return, she hopes to continue her academic studies to further understand the potential reciprocal benefits of inter-generational interaction


Iain
2018 Rhodes Scholar

Iain was one of two UAlberta students awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2017, and will begin his studies at Oxford in in the fall of 2018. He completed his engineering degree at Queen's University before attending the University of Alberta to pursue medical school.

Iain's passion for assisting individuals with development disabilities has been the driving force through his educational journey. During his undergraduate studies, he helped design a buoyancy device for swimmers with disabilities. He then went on to coach a swimmer with cerebral palsy for the Special Olympics, which was the final push for him to study medicine.  

At Oxford, he plans to study orthopedic biomechanics to better understand the musculoskeletal system, allowing him to pinpoint where mobility-related disorders are occurring in the body. He will then return to the U of A to finish medical school where he'll specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

Rhodes Scholar 2017 Yasmin

Yasmin
2016 Rhodes Scholar

The only UAlberta recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship for 2017, Yasmin is headed to Oxford to pursue two Master’s degrees: one in global health science, the other in public policy.

As a student studying her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership, Yasmin discovered a passion for problem solving. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, and was active in the campus community, serving as president of the Health and Wellness Movement and as a student representative on the Healthy University Strategy Working Committee.

Focusing her academic path in the areas of health, social entrepreneurship, and philosophy, Yasmin hopes to merge arts and sciences to make a difference in the world.

Rhodes Scholar 2016 Zia

Zia
2015 Rhodes Scholar

Zia was one of three UAlberta students awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2015, and will begin his studies at Oxford in October 2016. Originally from Edmonton, Zia completed his undergraduate studies at McGill before returning to complete a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Alberta.

A tireless volunteer, Zia has been involved with Scouts Canada, Sports for Success, the Ismaili Volunteer Corps, and Global Encounters, a camp for Ismaili youth. His interest in global and community healthcare has also led him to positions with the World Health Organization, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and Deloitte Canada.

At Oxford, he plans to pursue two master’s degrees: an MSc in Global Health and a Master’s in Public Policy.

Rhodes Scholar 2016 Billy-Ray

Billy-Ray
2015 Rhodes Scholar

Billy-Ray was one of three UAlberta students awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2015, and will begin his studies at Oxford in October 2016. Originally from the Driftpile Cree Nation in north-central Alberta, Billy-Ray is the first Aboriginal person from the U of A to receive the Rhodes scholarship.

A strong advocate for Aboriginal and LGBTQ issues, Billy-Ray has served as president of the University of Alberta’s Aboriginal Students’ Association and as a youth facilitator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.

At Oxford, he plans to study the effects of colonialism on the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Rhodes Scholar 2016 Carley-Jane

Carley-Jane
2015 Rhodes Scholar

Carley-Jane was one of three UAlberta students awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2015, and will begin her studies at Oxford in October 2016. She recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Alberta, with a major in Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Carley-Jane’s interest lies in food security, systems, and economics. At the local level, she has been involved with the Edmonton Food Council, Sustainable Food Edmonton, the Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market, and is is the founder of the Alder Food Security Society.

At Oxford, she plans to pursue an MSc in Environmental Change and Management.