Two more Rhodes Scholars for U of M

Nov 23, 2010 | Corporate Member News

The University of Manitoba is honoured to announce that Melissa Bailey and Jody Reimer are recipients of Rhodes Scholarships for 2011. This continues the excellent record for University of Manitoba students winning Rhodes Scholarships, bringing the total to 95 students, more than any other university in Western Canada. The Rhodes Scholarships are the most prestigious awards of their kind in Canada.

Although ten students were interviewed from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, only three Rhodes Scholarships were given in the Prairie Region this year. The University of Manitoba’s Bailey and Reimer are the only Rhodes Scholarship recipients from our province; a medical student from Calgary is the only other recipient from the Prairies.

“I congratulate these two outstanding students on their remarkable achievements,” says David Barnard, president of the University of Manitoba. “I am glad the learning environment here at the University of Manitoba has helped them to pursue their dreams and opened doors to future opportunities.”

(Click here to read the president’s message of congratulations.)

Bailey, a grad of École secondaire Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, is in her last year of a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in genetics and seems to have the “science gene.” In Grade Three, she won the divisional title for a science experiment on molecular structure. Last year, she was a summer intern at the Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg, Germany, and earned an NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award for a study on obesity.

In contrast, Steinbach resident Reimer is completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manitoba, including transfer credits from exchange courses she took in both France and Finland. She attended Steinbach Regional Secondary School. A math major with a minor in religion, she has received scholarships for highest standing in Arts as well as numerous awards for her math studies. She notes her passions for travel, cycling and language studies enhanced her learning experience and gave her additional incentive to pursue higher education. She notes: “While cycling through Finland this past summer, my companions and I discussed theoretical physics.”

Last year, while on a five-month trip to India with the Ten Thousand Villages Program, Reimer taught mathematics to impoverished girls in an informal school in Kolkata. She appreciated her own, privileged educational opportunities and felt, “I owe it both to myself and to society not to waste that.” She intends to pursue interdisciplinary research projects, “applying mathematical models to aid in solving problems in the biological and ecological sciences.”

Bailey notes that “science has inspired me beyond the lab.” She has participated in numerous volunteer opportunities as a peer tutor, co-operative education advocate. In addition, she is a member of the Momentum Aerial and Acrobatic Troupe, has attended a circus school and has hung suspended in the air doing breathtaking routines at events such as the Nygard for Life Pink and White Ball.

Bailey’s commitment to the community is evident from activities including   organizing a dance program for inner city youth at Rossbrook House, planning a study tour for youth in Cuba and delivers hands-on science workshops in Manitoba schools. Oh, and she also finds time to teach wall climbing, play soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.

For more information, contact:
John Danakas
Public Affairs
Phone: (204) 474-8551

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