What education have you taken?
I graduated from Souris high school in 2011. I am currently finishing a three-year Bachelor of Science degree and will be graduating in the spring.
What accomplishments are you proud of?
I am very proud of my academic accomplishments from high school. I received the Governor’s General award and multiple scholarships to attend Brandon University. In my first year at Brandon University I was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour society. The past two years I have volunteered at the annual Westman Christmas Dinner and really enjoyed helping out. It is a great experience and I plan on going again next year. I am proud to be an executive member of the Brandon University Chemistry Club this year. We do our best to provide help and extra materials for new chemistry students, as well as maintain the club room. I work with a great group of people to improve and manage this fantastic club.
Tell me about yourself / your background / your history
I grew up on a farm outside of Souris, MB with three younger brothers and an older sister. I have a Chihuahua named Stuart and a horse named Poltimore. I spent most of my summers riding and showing. I enjoy playing basketball, badminton and piano.
How did you become interested in your field of study?
I decided to major in chemistry because I have always liked the science. I did well in my first year chemistry courses so it seemed like the best choice. I minored in math because I enjoyed math in high school. In addition, I thought math would come in handy while majoring in chemistry.
What is your philosophy in life?
That is a tough question. I would have to say that it is important to be yourself and to be kind to others. It’s also important for me to keep an open mind and to learn new things.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
In the future I see myself working in a lab where I can put my chemistry and lab skills to practice. I plan on gaining more work experience before considering graduate school. I would also like to do some travelling in the future.
Whitney is a four year chemistry major/mathematics minor student. In her four years study in Brandon University, Whitney has not only achieved and maintained her academic excellence, but also has generously devoted much of her time to the students’ organizations, and to the department’s and University’s outreach activities. As an executive committee member of the Chemistry Students Club, she has been actively involved in many club activities including annual Mock Test to prepare first year students before their first midterms, and CIC Chemistry nights. Whitney is also a key player in our outreach programs, such as the Winterlude and Chemistry Week. Her explanation and demonstration of chemistry reactions in lab has always attracted more of an audience and visitors. I strongly feel that Whitney J. Fortin deserves this award.