Amy Jenne named a UTAA Graduate Scholar
Originally published in U of T Alumni News by Allyson Rowley
Amy Jenne has a unique ability to reach out to multiple communities, communicate complex topics and instill a love of science.
A PhD candidate in environmental chemistry, Jenne uses Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to develop new ways of examining impacts of environmental contaminants. She is currently the recipient of an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell-Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral Award.
Jenne served for three years as the U of T Scarborough coordinator of Let’s Talk Science, a national organization that promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the public. Jenne has organized STEM nights at schools across the GTA and managed more than 300 student volunteers, giving them the opportunity to develop their public speaking and teaching skills.
She planned and executed a magic-themed science event that brought 700 community members to UTSC on Halloween. She has organized science outreach events for thousands of participants—including securing funding for free passes for marginalized communities—through partnerships she has built with the Toronto Zoo, Toronto Harbourfront Centre and the CNE.
Jenne chairs the Graduate Management Consulting Association, where she organizes events for her peers to explore career options. She serves on the Outstanding High School Student Award Committee at UTSC. She plans to combine her passions for teaching, research and outreach in a teaching-stream faculty position at a Canadian university.
Her professors describe Jenne as incredibly bright, friendly and driven — a great educator, a wonderful colleague and a passionate scientist pushing the limits of current environmental research.