Jessie MacAlpine

Portraits of Strength features women in STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry. These are the movers and shakers making a better world for future female leaders in STEM. Here are the stories of how they’re changing the ratio, serving as role models for girls and young women across Canada, and inspiring us all.

My name is Jessie MacAlpine

I am a Scientist and Student

When I was 10 I wanted to be a marine biologist: swimming with dolphins every day.

I work as a student at University of Toronto.

I am proud of winning Best in Category for Medicine and Health Sciences at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the first time in a decade a Canadian has won. It was awarded for my research developing a novel treatment for malaria using mustard oil.

The biggest obstacle I have faced is beginning research in grade seven. I the biggest challenge I faced was trying to contact laboratories and travel to and from the closest university (an hour away) to complete experiments.

My advice to young girls interested in science is to pursue as many STEM opportunities as possible. Thanks to organizations like Youth Science Canada, there a wide array of programs available for students interested in STEM and I recommend students get involved in research early and cultivate their curiosity.

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