This is what her nominator had to say…
In sport, I can speak to the fact that she is a highly engaged and positive member of the Hamilton Ultimate community (HUC). I recently started playing Ultimate, and quickly learned that she is Steph is a teammate people can rely on, she often will go early or stick around for an extra game to play for other teams when they are short. The spirit of Ultimate Frisbee is about high competition, played with respect and dignity for all players. She has won “spirit of the game” awards from her peers in HUC, and it is because she is always playing hard while having fun, complimenting her competitors even when they have her beat, and (speaking for me and a friend who have learned the game from her) is so patient and friendly on a team coaching and offering guidance to players learning the game. Whenever we go to games together, it’s clear that she is a recognizable and beloved member of HUC.
In science, she has made waves in discovering a new mode of bacterial growth that has significant impact in her fields understanding of bacterial metabolism and communication. She has had her work reviewed in top tier publications such as Nature, and in the fall won the top graduate research prize for Most Innovative Refereed Journal Article in Canada.
On a day to day scale, she wants to make the world a better place by making science more accessible, and the student staff I work with are inspired by her ability to clearly speak about her research story and its importance. She leads by example, illustrating the importance of living authentically and putting herself forward as a strong, successful female identified role model for future generations. I am proud to have her in my life and think she’d make a great face for your campaign.