Lisgar Collegiate Institute Student Awarded Largest Canadian STEM Scholarship

Lisgar Collegiate Institute Student Awarded Largest Canadian STEM Scholarship
Posted on 06/14/2021
Lisgar Collegiate Institute Student Awarded Largest Canadian STEM Scholarship

Albert NituLisgar Collegiate Institute student Albert Nitu has been selected to receive an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study anatomy and cell biology at McGill University this fall.

Albert is driven by two goals – advancing the fields of therapeutics and molecular biology, and helping others become passionate and knowledgeable about these fields. Albert engineered a device to rapidly diagnose infectious diseases, which he presented at the 2018 Canada-Wide Science Fair, winning gold and a number of additional awards. Together with Dr. Francois-Xavier Campbell-Valois at the University of Ottawa, Albert worked in the lab to develop a new way of using the CRISPR-Cas system to target antibiotic-resistant bacteria – earning him a spot on Team Canada at the 2020 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Albert co-founded a non-profit, The SET Foundation (Students in Engineering and Technology), and a podcast, STEMcast, to inspire, educate, and involve fellow students in the STEM fields. He was also a recipient in the 2021 Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon Awards.

“I’m passionate about uncovering how the brain works at a molecular level, and I’m very interested in deep learning and machine learning,” says Albert. “In the future, I would like to combine the fields of neuroscience, machine learning and statistics to support people with neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's, and develop therapeutics to help cure these Conditions.”

Albert was nominated for the Schulich Leader Scholarship by Guidance Counsellor Mr. Shuck. He thanks his parents; Dr. Campbell-Valois; his former science teacher at Broadview Public School, Mr. Gagnon; and all his teachers at Lisgar Collegiate Institute for their support.

Recognizing the increasing importance and impact that STEM disciplines will have on the prosperity of future generations, businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich established this $100+ million scholarship fund in 2012 to encourage our best and brightest students to become Schulich Leader Scholars: the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators.


Through The Schulich Foundation, these prestigious entrance scholarships are awarded to 100 high school graduates this year, enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. Every high school in Canada can submit one Schulich Leader Nominee per academic year based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership and financial need.

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