Saoirse M.

Chancellor’s Scholarship

Awards and Scholarships


Saoirse graduated from West Island College in Calgary, AB. While there, she was named valedictorian of her class. She was very involved in the arts, including school plays, arts council, painting classes, and ISTD Advanced 1 ballet. Additionally, she was the founding member of her school’s garden club which culminated in the construction of a school greenhouse.

Saoirse was drawn to UCalgary for her undergraduate studies because the university offered extensive funding through a variety of awards and invited her to apply for scholarships. She was intrigued by UCalgary’s approach to interdisciplinary studies, especially the combined engineering and business degree. She was also interested in the enrichment programs offered by UCalgary, such as the Study Abroad program. Saoirse wanted to stay in her hometown of Calgary, as it has everything she needs. She appreciates the city’s vibrant, community-oriented city full of arts, culture, and opportunities.

Saoirse is enrolled in the joint Bachelor of Science – Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce – Business program. She chose this because of the common, core first year of engineering and so that she can receive two degrees in five years. She believed having business knowledge is imperative for an engineer.

Saoirse is very interested in design and experimentation. Her ultimate career ambition is to eventually run a successful start-up in which she can apply her artistic and scientific knowledge and expertise.

Saoirse’s engineering research interests lie in chemistry and design. She is excited about the summer research opportunities offered by the engineering faculty. She is aware of a project researching the potential of fungus-based biodegradable materials that she would like to be involved with in the summer of 2024.

Saoirse appreciated the opportunities she has been given this year through the Chancellor’s Scholars Network, such as the networking event and the Senate mentorship. Meeting other scholars and alumni has been incredibly beneficial and informative for her post-secondary journey.