CWSF Alumna Stephanie Gaglione – Rhodes Scholar

Sun, 2017-01-08 13:48 -- Reni Barlow


Three-time CWSF finalist, Stephanie Gaglione of Woodbridge, Ontario is studying at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

In an article by Cynthia Macdonald in the UofT Magazine's Winter 2017 issue, Gaglione describes the beginning of her science career:

I noticed a brochure for a science fair on an elementary teacher’s desk and decided to submit my first project and it just took off from there. I was 13. It was on bioremediation, a technique to remove contaminating oil from soil. It sparked a passion for developing something that could be useful to society.

That first project won her a junior bronze medal at the 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in Ottawa. The following year, she continued working on soil bioremediation and won an intermediate silver medal at CWSF 2009 in Winnipeg. In 2010 Gaglione developed an ultra-light green roof system to grow organic food, for which she received an intermediate bronze medal, Renewable Energy Award from Ontario Power Generation, and the Australian National Youth Science Forum Award.

Now, as a fourth-year chemical engineering major with a focus on vaccines, she is studying at Oxford on one of the world's most prestigious scholarships, which recognizes academics, leadership, and athletics - Gaglione's resumé includes skating and mountaineering. Click the link to read the full UofT Magazine article.

Gaglione is one of several CWSF alumni recognized with a Rhodes Scholarship. Another well-known CWSF alumnus, Marc Kielburger (co-founder of Free the Children, now WE) won the Best Junior Project award at CWSF 1990 and another award at CWSF 1992. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship after completing a degree in International Relations at Harvard University.