Merna Megalla graduates this spring from her Honours Bachelor of Science with high distinction.
His Excellency David Johnston will present her with the Governor General’s Medal that he awards each spring to two undergraduate students standing at the head of their graduating class.
“I chose Carleton for its unique Food Science and Nutrition program,” she says, “and, of course, the beautiful campus didn’t hurt.”
Though she grew up between Canada and Kuwait, Megalla attended high school at St. Paul’s in Nepean. What played a larger role in choosing Carleton wasn’t proximity but the program.
“The beauty of the program is that it combines science and regulation,” she said, “This makes the program very applicable and allows its graduates to branch between the two fields.”
With her BSc, Megalla will continue her education in the fall at the University of Toronto’s doctoral Dental Surgery program.
During her four years of undergraduate study, she was on the 2014-‘15 Deans’ Honour List and during her second summer she conducted research for Tyler J. Avis’s biochemistry lab.
She was involved with Carleton University’s Women in Science and Engineering (CU-WISE) organization, which fosters support and interest in young women to encourage them to work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
“I will definitely stay in touch with the volunteers at CU-WISE,” she said, hoping to still help out from afar. “It’s crucial for us to bridge the gender gap in the STEM fields, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to work towards that goal.”