Animal rights and climate activists: Meet EngSci’s 2019 Loran Scholars

Oct. 29, 2019

Year 1 EngSci students Abnash Bassi and Shiqi Xu are among just 35 student selected as 2019 Loran Scholars from over 5,000 applicants. (Photos: U of T Engineering and Johnny Guatto)

This fall, EngSci welcomed two 2019 Loran Scholars as part of the incoming Year 1 class. Abnash Bassi and Shiqi Xu received the prestigious scholarship for their leadership and community involvement in high school.

Bassi and Xu, who both hail from British Columbia, are dedicated advocates for environmental and sustainability issues. Bassi focused on climate action and sustainable energy through work at her school, with charitable organizations, and with her local B.C. Member of Parliament. Xu spearheaded initiatives on animal rights and plant-based foods at her school, working with food service providers and the school board to devise menu options and new policy for animal dissections in the classroom.

“The Division’s motto is Engineers for the World (E4TW) and both Bassi and Xu have clearly demonstrated the character, service and leadership found in Loran Scholars and valued in our EngSci community,” says Interim Chair of Engineering Science, Professor Will Cluett.

Both students are continuing their commitment to their community through student clubs and organizations.

Learn more about Bassi and Xu’s path to becoming Loran Scholars.

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