Eugenia Duodu

Eugenia
Affiliation: 
Alumna
Place of Birth: 
Toronto, ON
Graduation Years: 
2010
Department / Division: 
BSc
Chemistry and Biology

I’m passionate about science and teaching others about it. Being able to inspire kids on a daily basis about something I’m passionate about is really cool

Eugenia Duodu

Eugenia Duodu’s journey to U of T Mississauga was only a few kilometres in distance, but much further in experience. Duodu grew up in community housing in Toronto where her only real exposure to science was on television, watching Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Years later, Duodu, a PhD in chemistry from U of T in her pocket, is the chief executive officer for the Visions of Science Network for Learning, an organization that brings the joys of science to youngsters in low-income communities and demonstrates that careers in science are a real possibility.

Duodu chose to study at UTM because, in comparison to the other campuses she visited, “it felt like family. I wanted an environment where I could learn but be nurtured beyond that.”

The experience met her expectations. At UTM, Duodu found “very inspiring profs and I clicked with the people and made lifelong friends.

“I just had a passion for science and a passion for learning about both chemistry and biology, even though I wasn’t entirely clear on my future.”

Duodo’s passion eventually crystallized around chemistry and “anything that had to do with chemistry, I was pretty involved in.”

She was vice-president of the Erindale Chemical and Physical society, a group that “connected the [science] students to each other, to the professors and to research.”

Duodu had been involved in clubs during her high school years, so “I knew it was rewarding. I felt it was important to provide students with multiple opportunities to learn, bridge the gap with professors and interact with each other in a more organic way.”

It was ideal preparation for her current position, which allows her to “couple my passions for community leadership and science.

“What’s cool is being able to circle back and connect with students from UTM,” Duodu says. “They take part in Visions of Science programs as facilitators, so I can still be connected to the campus.”

 

Selected Awards:

  • Queen Elizabeth II/Pfizer Canada Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology, 2014-15, designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies in science and technology 

  • University of Toronto Award of Excellence: The Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award, 2013, a fellowship  of up to $25,000 awarded annually to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership

  • Harry Jerome CIBC Academics Award, 2012, awarded by the Black Business and Professional Association to recognize academic excellence in the African-Canadian community