MONTREAL, December 5, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Taking measures to combat the environmental crisis: this is what unleashed sofia roy’s interest in engineering. Today the outstanding student received the award $30,000 Scholarship Order of the White Rose. The presentation ceremony, which was attended by Pascale Déry, Minister of Higher Education, followed a moving commemoration of the tragic event that occurred on December 6, 1989. After completing a degree in Chemical Engineering at McGill University, Ms. Roy was directly admitted to a PhD program in the same field at Polytechnique Montréal, where she studies steel decarbonization methods. Each year, Polytechnique’s senior management awards the Order of the White Rose Scholarship to a Canadian engineering student hoping to pursue postgraduate studies at the university of her choice, in Canada or anywhere else in the world.

COMMEMORATIONS OF DECEMBER 6, 1989 |  Sophia Roy is the eighth recipient of the Order of the White Rose scholarship awarded by Polytechnique Montréal.

COMMEMORATIONS OF DECEMBER 6, 1989 | Sophia Roy is the eighth recipient of the Order of the White Rose scholarship awarded by Polytechnique Montréal. “Taking action to fight the environmental crisis: This is what sparked Sophia Roy’s interest in engineering. Today, the outstanding student was awarded the Order of the White Rose $30,000 Scholarship.” Photograph by Caroline Perron pour Polytechnique Montréal (CNW Group/Polytechnique Montréal)


Behind every scientist there is a role model or a source of inspiration. sofia roy’s Interest was aroused at an early age by jane goodall, the well-known primatologist and biodiversity activist. After meeting her, Ms. Roy knew that she wanted to pursue a career in applied research to address environmental problems caused by human activity. “I realized that engineering offered me the greatest potential to make a difference,” she explained.

Ms. Roy’s career is already off to a good start after achieving outstanding results in her university studies at McGill University. He finished with a near perfect GPA and won the Québec Lieutenant Governor’s Medal. His first research project explored biodegradable protein materials and their potential to reduce the ecological footprint of solar panel manufacturing. Recognizing the need to standardize practices in the field, he also published a scientific review article that ended up ranking among the most downloaded articles on the Internet. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering in 2020.

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In 2021 he completed an internship at the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change. Still driven by environmental protection, she developed a calculator that converts COtwo emissions to their equivalent in vehicle emissions for a liquefied natural gas project led by the provincial government. His calculator caught the interest of the Minister, who used it to explain to the general public why he decided not to give the project the green light based on its greenhouse gas emissions.

Ms. Roy is well aware of the gratitude she owes to the women who paved the way for her engineering career. These pioneers include her own mother, who began her studies at Polytechnique just a year after the 1989 massacre, never allowing her plans to be derailed by fear or discouragement.

Ms. Roy now carries the torch in hopes of opening doors for the next generation of women in science. She became an elected official in the student community and has spent time organizing meetups and networking activities, and acting as a mentor to new college students. During the pandemic, she volunteered to give virtual science workshops to elementary school students.

To keep her balance, she schedules time away from screens and enjoys painting, dancing, and spending time outdoors.


The white roses symbolize the commemorative activities of the tragedy that occurred on December 6, 1989, when 14 young women were murdered and several more were injured. The Order of the White Rose was created in 2014 to honor the women who lost their lives or were injured, as well as the families, faculty, staff, and students affected by the incident.

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Nathalie Provost, who was injured during the fateful event, and Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, who was the first woman to graduate with a civil engineering degree from Polytechnique in 1963, are the godmothers of the scholarship. Michèle Prévost, Full Professor and member of the Polytechnique Board of Directors, chaired the selection jury for the Order of the White Rose this year.

The members of the jury are appointed by Polytechnique Montréal. They include the deans of the engineering faculties of the University of Calgary, dalhousie university, McGill UniversityQueen’s University, the University of Saskatchewanthe university of sherbrooke and the University of Toronto. Scholars are evaluated based on their academic record (30%), technical achievements (35%), and non-technical achievements (35%).


“I am extremely honored and grateful to be awarded the Order of the White Rose Scholarship,” he said. Sofia Roy. “This award encourages me to continue to do my best as a woman working in the scientific field, fighting prejudice and breaking down the barriers that still exist between young women and engineering and science careers.”

“All of the young women who receive the Order of the White Rose Scholarship demonstrate incredible strength, community involvement, and academic brilliance. Sofia Roy is not an exception. His early research findings have already caught the attention of the scientific world and his involvement in the student community, which includes supporting younger students, is an inspiration to all future female engineers,” she said. maud cohen, President of the Montreal Polytechnic. “I warmly congratulate Ms. Roy and look forward to seeing her become one of tomorrow’s leaders.”

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“The Order of the White Rose serves to commemorate the exceptional women with whom I studied and transmit important values ​​for our future,” he said. Nathalie Provost. “Sophia upholds these values ​​by standing out as a woman in engineering and as a member of society – there is no better argument to promote women in science. For young women interested in engineering, her example shows that it pays to dream big and pursue your ambitions.

“I am delighted to see so much engineering talent and leadership among candidates for the Order of the White Rose. Women in science and engineering make a great contribution to society, and these positive role models help strengthen their participation.” says Michele Thibodeau. -DeGuire.

“The next generation that Sophia represents has everything it takes to be a good scientist: a drive for excellence, curiosity, tenacity, and a desire to share knowledge. In addition, they are keenly aware of their social responsibility and willing to take measures to protect the future of our planet. For the past 150 years, Polytechnique has contributed to Québec’s growth, both technologically and socially, training generation after generation of diligent and innovative engineers. By awarding this scholarship to Sophie, Polytechnique Montréal is demonstrating their commitment to finding sustainable solutions to pressing environmental problems, for the benefit of our society and the planet,” said Michèle Prévost, president of the jury.


Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of the Canada largest engineering education and research universities, and is located on the campus of the Université de Montréal – from North America largest French-speaking university campus. With more than 57,000 graduates and approximately 120 academic programs, Polytechnique has trained 22% of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique Montréal is also distinguished by its more than 300 talented faculty and 10,000 students. Your overall annual budget is $300 millionincluded $100 million reserved exclusively for research.


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