Saskatoon 07-Sep-2019: Women in Mining and Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan Inc. (WIM/WiN-SK) is pleased to announce the recipients of WIM/WiN-SK’s annual scholarship. The award recognizes post-secondary students in Saskatchewan who embody the values of diversity and leadership in the mining or nuclear industries. This is the fourth year the scholarship has been awarded. The scholarship recipients are: Alexis Hanson for the Technical/Trades Award and Maisha Nasim for the Undergraduate University Award.
Alexis Hanson is currently enrolled in her fourth semester of the Environmental Engineering Technology diploma program at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. Growing up she loved spending time outdoors. This combined with her interest in sciences in elementary and high school, especially environmental sciences, led her to enrolling in the Environmental Engineering Technology program. Since then she has been able to learn a variety of skill sets related to the environmental field and find specific interests related to the nuclear and mining industries, including remediation, hydrogeology, and other engineering concepts related to contaminant flow and industrial waste management. She was able to learn more about these concepts as a geo-environmental engineering student with Cameco Corporation for the summer of 2019, gaining experience both at Cameco’s Key Lake site and Cameco’s corporate office. She plans on focusing her 5th semester technical project on the remediation of a tailings pond as part of the uranium mining and milling processes. In her free time she enjoys canoeing and kayaking, long distance running, and spending time with friends and family.
Maisha Nasim is a fourth year Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student at the University of Saskatchewan. Her drive to learn and experience the engineering workforce has led her to pursue an internship position at Nutrien Cory Potash. The internship has helped her understand more about the role of Electrical Engineering in the mining industry. It also encouraged her to be involved with helping women pursue a career in non-traditional professions. During her internship, she was involved with her site’s WINTER (Women in Non- Traditional Environments or Roles) group. Armed with practical experience and classroom knowledge, she is determined to apply herself in school and eventually the workforce. She is an active member of the University of Saskatchewan’s IEEE Student Branch. Within IEEE she has organized major events such as Illumination Conference 2019 (two-day-long Professional Engineering Conference for students and industry leaders) and High Voltage Classic 2018 (Charity Hockey Tournament). Maisha is a new WIM/WiN member and she looks forward to being more involved with the committee.
Established as an award in 2016, the WIM/WiN-SK Scholarship was created to support young women entering or interested in the mining and nuclear fields of study. Award winners must be a current member of WIM/WiN-SK and enrolled as a full-time post-secondary student in Saskatchewan in a program related to the fields of minerals, mining, nuclear and/or radiation.