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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 2022 winner of the Gilead Early Career Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award is:

Evelyn Asiedu,
Thompson Rivers University
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Evelyn Asiedu (she/her) is the second daughter of immigrants from Ghana, Africa. She grew up in the town of Brampton, ON – located on Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. In 2013, Evelyn received her Honors B.Sc. in Chemistry from Western University where she also served as president of the Black Students’ Association. Evelyn defended her PhD thesis in Analytical Environmental Toxicology in October 2020 (University of Alberta). While in Edmonton, she was an executive member of the local chapter of Women in Science, Engineering and Research, and most recently the acting administrator for the ad hoc advocacy group, the Black Students’ Collective (UofA). Evelyn completed her first postdoctoral fellowship with Environment and Climate Change Canada in June 2021 and the following month, Evelyn started in her current role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at Thompson Rivers University. As the EDI Data analyst, Evelyn contributes to the development of strategies which will identify and dismantle barriers to participation of all people on campus. Specifically, her aim is to set goals and establish methods which systematically measure progress towards their achievement. Evelyn is doing the work which she called for in Maclean’s exactly one year prior.


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