Canada Student Merit Award Recipient, Laila Ikki

14 February 2024

Laila Ikki, Canada Student Merit Award WinnerLaila Ikki is a 2023 Canada Student Merit Award winner. She achieved this award for obtaining the highest standing of her class in the fourth and final year of her degree. Here is a brief biography of the winner.

Laila Ikki is currently pursuing a Master's degree in computer science at Lakehead University, having previously earned an Honours Bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics from the same institution. Passionate about the intersection of natural and computer sciences, Laila's undergraduate thesis applied machine learning to investigate the relationship between the delocalisation index and bond order. She presented her work to students and faculty during Lakehead's Research and Innovation Week, ranking first among oral presentation contestants.

Beyond academia, she contributes to the university community as a committee member of the Lakehead Muslim Students Association and has provided translation services for the local French centre. Laila's commitment to bridging science and technology extends into her graduate studies, where she envisions leveraging her skills for future advancements.

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