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Katherine Reiss '19
Growing up in a large household in the bustling city of Vancouver, Science student Katherine Reiss says she was looking to try something new for her university studies.

"The tight-knit community of Mount Allison located in beautiful New Brunswick looked like a perfect fit. With its small class sizes and unique research opportunities, Mount Allison had everything I was looking for,” she says. "The real question to me became, why not Mount Allison?"

Reiss is the recipient of a Bell Scholarship, one of Mount Allison’s top entrance awards, valued at $48,000 over four years. She is already involved in a myriad of activities at Mount Allison, including chemistry research with Dr. Steve Westcott, chemistry professor and Canada Research Chair in Green Boron Chemistry, and an honours research project under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Meli, associate professor of chemistry.

"I’m interested in possibly doing my master’s in Chemistry after Mount Allison. The opportunities for hands-on experience in the lab at Mount A were incomparable to anywhere else."

Reiss, a former lifeguard, is also involved in the Rotaract, Eco-Action, Geography and the Environment, and Let’s Talk Science clubs, as well as a member of the fencing team.

In high school she served as president of Earthworks, an environmental club that received $5,000 in grants to their school and community more sustainable. This included installing water bottle re-fill stations and funding a new greenhouse and vegetable plots to grow food for the school’s cafeteria. As well, Reiss and her team educated children at local elementary schools on the environment, mentoring them in their own environmental initiatives. Reiss also initiated and facilitated her own Climate Change Symposium for student leaders throughout Greater Vancouver in this role.