Kayla Stan is a fourth-year student in the Faculty of Science, completing her Honours BSc in Environmental Earth Sciences in the spring of 2013. Upon graduation, she intends to pursue a Master’s degree in geographical information systems at the University of Alberta. In the course of her undergraduate degree, Kayla has been an active member of both the university and Edmonton community. Kayla’s ability to give back so much while balancing research, fitness, family, friends, and an honours courseload is truly inspirational.
On campus, she has played active roles in numerous organizations including the Faculty of Science, the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society, and her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. Her dedication and commitment to the organizations she serves is made clear through countless hours spent working as a student mentor for the Faculty of Science, leading study groups and advocating on behalf of students within the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society, and serving as chair of multiple committees within Pi Beta Phi. Kayla takes time out of her busy schedule to read to children at the Community Early Learning Centre at the university. Off campus, Kayla founded the Plants for Patients charity, which delivers plants to patients at local hospitals. She applies the knowledge learned through her academic and research experience by volunteering with the Edmonton Area Land Trust, using geographical information systems to map changes in vegetation in protected areas within the city. Among numerous awards, Kayla was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada in 2012.
Through her degree, Kayla has been an avid researcher within the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. Her research has touched on pressing environmental issues such as the Oil Sands development and clearing of tropical forests. Kayla’s research has taken her from university laboratories to facilities as far away as northern Alberta and Brazil. Despite all her involvements, Kayla manages to stay at the top of her class academically while maintaining an honours courseload. In her free time, Kayla stays active through running and salsa dance.
Kayla has poured her heart and soul into the university and the Edmonton community. Her excellence in academics, research, leadership, and service makes her a model student and a constant motivation to those around her. Throughout it all, Kayla carries herself with a humility and modesty hard to find in one so accomplished.