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This award is presented to an early career chemist as a mark of distinction and recognition for excellence in their work in equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

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The 2023 winner of the Gilead Early Career Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award is:

Erin M. McConnell

Carleton University
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Erin M. McConnell is currently a research scientist in the Laboratory for Aptamer Discovery and Emerging Research (LADDER) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her research expertise lies at the intersection of DNA nanotechnology and building DNA-based tools to monitor and improve human health. She completed a B.Sc. in Neuroscience (minor in chemistry) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry, at Carleton University, under the supervision of Dean Maria C. DeRosa. She also trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Yingfu Li at McMaster University, and a research associate in Prof. Vincent Tabard-Cossa at the University of Ottawa prior to returning to Carleton University. Additionally, Erin is passionate about science outreach and communication, and is involved in several initiatives including the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) and Girl Guides of Canada that aim to educate and empower girls, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth.


Past Winners


Evelyn Asiedu, MCIC

Thompson Rivers University
Society: CSC