Up-and-coming scientist Eugenia Duodu is not only a top student at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), but also a passionate community activist and leader.

Duodu, a PhD candidate in the field of medicinal and molecular recognition chemistry, focuses her research on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

One of 19 awarded the esteemed Harry Jerome Award last year, Duodu has been previously awarded the David H. Farrar Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry, honouring her immense academic achievements in addition to her exemplary extracurricular work at UTM. She has also recently been awarded the 2013 Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award.

Aside from her academic research, Duodu is an active volunteer and humanitarian. She is currently the Executive Director at Visions of Science Network for Learning (a non-profit organization promoting science to low-income youth), a former grant reviewer at ArtReach Toronto, a mentor within Toronto Community Housing, and co-founder of the Creating Global Citizens program. She also travelled to Uganda for two weeks this summer to work at an orphanage.