Monica Xu

The #STEM Amazing Monica Xu

Monica is a grade 11 IB student at Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill, Ontario, 2014 Shad Memorial University Alumnus, and CWSF Alumnus. As an active member of the STEM community, Monica partakes in a variety of science-related extra-curricular activities, many of which include science fairs, science contests, and Science Club meetings.

She is also a bronze medallist (along with her partner Nicole Zhao) at the Canada Wide Science Fair 2013 in Lethbridge, Alberta. The project focused on developing innovative approaches towards optimizing water purification techniques in developing countries. The foundation of the project was based on the idea of a coconut shell, and using its small pores along with other natural disinfectants such as vinegar and lemon juice to kill 99% of pathogens. After counting thousands of bacterial colonies, results were highly successful.
Monica is also the Public Relations Lead of the Bayview Science Club, where she communicates and contributes to meetings that focus on a different scientific principle each time. One recent experiment the club conducted was a School-wide Turtle Dissection; individuals from all grades came together and explored the anatomy and aortas of the sea creature.This year, the science club is excited to compete at the Destination Imagination competition in March.

Furthermore, Monica is actively involved in mathematical competitions, participating in the COMC, Cayley, Fryer, and AMC competitions. In addition to STEM involvement, Monica is also actively involved in her community. She is part of the Markham Mayor’s Youth Task Force, a nonprofit youth organization under the city of Markham, dedicated to promoting youth engagement. Every year they host the Markham Expo, an event that brings together over 6000 youth from across the GTA to engage in enjoyable festivities.

Within school Monica is the Head of Publicity for the Bayview Debate Club; her responsibilities range from planning tournaments to participating in competitions to training individuals the form of debate. Not only is she an avid debater, but she also competes in DECA, North America’s largest business case competition. As the Oral Training Coordinator for Bayview DECA, she ensures that students participating in the Regionals and Provincials competition are able to achieve their fullest potential.

Ultimately, Monica is committed towards fulfilling her passions and enjoying her day with doing what she loves. 
If you don’t see her hard at work, she is often taking night walks, listening to orchestrated OST music, or cooking!
Read about Monica Xu’s Canada Wide Science Fair Project here:

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