Thunder Bay Student Emily Cross Chosen to Represent Canada At International Science and Engineering Fair

Emily CrossEmily Cross, of Thunder Bay, Ontario is one of eight students selected by Youth Science Canada to represent our country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburg this May. This is Emily’s 3rd time as a member of Team Canada, having previously been on the team in both 2015 and 2016. She is one of two returning team members this year who will share their experience and expertise as mentors for the rest of the team. As the first-ever Team Canada ISEF member from Northern Ontario, Emily is an excellent example of the high-quality youth science potential of the region. Emily has previously won two Grand Award 4th Place awards at ISEF, and a Special Award 1st Place. She has also won a prestigious Sigma Xi Student Research Medal in international competition, and a Gold Medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair.

According to Youth Science Canada: “We are always amazed by the quality of projects submitted for the Team Canada-ISEF selection process,” says Dr. Patrick Whippey, Selection Committee Chair. “The research and development work being done by these high school students is approximately at the Master’s degree level, which speaks volumes about this country’s future in science and technology.” “Canada’s top young scientists and engineers are truly world-class,” says Reni Barlow, Executive Director of Youth Science Canada, the national charitable organization responsible for science fairs and the Team Canada-ISEF program. “Team Canada-ISEF members have won the US$75,000 top award at the event in two of the past three years – a remarkable achievement considering they were competing against 1,800 top students from over 75 countries.”

This year, Emily is showcasing a geochemistry and paleontology research project titled “Taphonomic Geochemistry of Fossil Bones from Marine and Terrestrial Fossilization Environments”, undertaken with the support of Lakehead University, The Royal Tyrell Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Nature. Her research seeks to identify ideal locations and environments for locating high-quality fossil deposits, and also reveal general environmental conditions that were present at the time individual fossils were formed.

Beyond science fair competition, Emily is a local, regional and international advocate and public speaker addressing young women’s lack of participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Emily is a member of the Thunder Bay Superior-North Youth Council, and an associate member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honour Society. Emily is a grade 12 student at Hammarskjold High School.
Team Canada-ISEF is a program of Youth Science Canada and is generously supported by Youth Can Innovate, a program of The Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation.

About Youth Science Canada Youth Science Canada fuels the curiosity of Canadian youth through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects. A national, registered charitable organization since 1962, we work to ensure that Canadian youth have the capacity and skills to generate and answer questions, and identify and solve problems in STEM.

More information on Youth Science Canada’s Team Canada ISEF 2018 can be found at, or by contacting YSC’s executive director, Reni Barlow at the address below.

Media contact: Reni Barlow
416-341-0040 ext. 231

Student contact: Emily Cross