Science student awarded prestigious Fessenden-Trott Scholarship
The key to success is to find a source of strength says Anna Liu; one of four students in Western Canada awarded the prestigious Fessenden-Trott scholarship. The scholarship, valued at $9000 a year for three years is awarded to students going into their second year of university who have an excellent academic record and who demonstrate leadership qualities.
“The source can be a person, your inner being, anything really, for me it’s my faith,” said Liu.
The aspiring pre-med student still finds time for friends, family and her community. As an active member of her church, she volunteers often and in her spare time enjoys playing piano and tennis.
She is no stranger to scholastic awards; throughout her educational career she has achieved many. While in Shaftesbury High School she was the recipient of the Governor General’s award at the bronze level and here at the U of M, the Presidents’ Scholarship and the Isbister Scholarship in Science.
Liu is thankful for her parents, both U of M alumni, who instilled in her the value of education and hard work. “I have always tried my best at school. My mother is a hardworking teacher, she taught me not to strive for good grades, but for understanding and for knowledge.” Her father, a medical scientist, had a strong influence on her desire to pursue a career in science and medicine.
“I have always loved science, but it wasn’t until middle school that I became passionate about the idea of becoming a doctor and how I might make the most difference in this world. One day I would like to do meaningful work overseas as part of a team on a mission trip. I would like my future to be less about my own comfort and more about helping others.”
When asked what she has enjoyed the most during her time at the U of M, Liu says the best part by far has been the people and friends she has met. “I’m really glad to be here, I’ve met numerous people that will be lifelong friends. U of M is home to some amazing professors and there are many opportunities for undergraduate research.”
Liu is currently enrolled in a general science degree and wants to be a pediatrician. “I’m planning on writing the MCAT this summer. If I don’t get into medical school after three years, then I’m leaning towards a cell biology, genetics or microbiology degree.”
In the meantime, Liu is looking forward to this summer, she has been granted a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award and will be working alongside Dr. Whyard, associate professor, department of biological sciences.