Danielle Hanke is a 2020 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.
Danielle graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria in the spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry for the Medical Sciences. She is now pursuing a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Brent Page.
Danielle found a great deal of academic success throughout her undergraduate career. She was named to the Dean’s List for the Faculty of Science every year of her studies and earned several academic- and merit-based scholarships from UVic. Over the course of her degree, Danielle also completed two work terms through the co-operative education program. Her first co-op work term was with Science Venture, where she ran science-themed summer camps for youth in Victoria. Her second work term was with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where she worked as a research student in a genomics lab studying key disease-resistant genes in barley. Danielle also had the opportunity to conduct her honours project under the supervision of Dr. Katherine Elvira. Danielle’s honour project was in collaboration with Phillips Brewing and Malting Company and used a microfluidic platform to study the stability of hop oil emulsions in beer.
Sports have always been a big part of Danielle’s life, and throughout her four years of undergrad Danielle coached basketball with several different programs in the community. When not in the lab or coaching basketball, Danielle enjoys hiking and spending time with friends and family.