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Emily Cross

High School Student, Canada-Wide Science Fair Award Winner

Emily is an internationally recognized youth researcher, science mentor and public speaker whose research focus is geoscience.  She has won over 30 science awards and medals, including The Sigma Xi Society global High School Geoscience Medal, American Geoscience Institute Special Award First Place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), ISEF 4th Place Grand award, and a Gold Medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair.  She is an Associate Member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honour Society.   

Emily’s public speaking focuses on empowerment of girls and youth in general in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Recently, she was a keynote speaker at the 2017 USA Science and Engineering Festival “XSTEM” in Washington DC on behalf of Sigma Xi and the US Department of Defense with a presentation called “The Future of the Past”.  Emily was also the lead-in speaker at TEDx Thunder Bay, and is a frequent presenter in local schools and at local geology events.  Emily is a national youth science mentor for the Youth Research Network, providing training, research advice and support to youth scientists across Canada, and is also a Regional Director (Thunder Bay) of Sustainable Youth Canada.

Beyond her research and science education, Emily created and runs a charity called “Be the Difference, Make a Difference” which collects toys and other items to send to an orphanage in Cambodia. She is also an active member of Federal Minister of Labour Patty Hajdu’s Constituency Youth Council where she keeps the federal government informed of issues facing youth in her riding (Thunder Bay-Superior-North). She is an alumnus of the SHAD program, where she helped address issues related to food insecurity in Canada, and was a member of the SHAD 2016 Dalhousie Team that won Best Prototype award at the SHAD Cup. Emily is a talented researcher, a dedicated youth leader in her community, and a strong voice for youth science and women’s STEM empowerment on the national and international stage.