3rd Sanofi Biogenius Canada Grants to better STEM schooling

 3rd Sanofi Biogenius Canada Grants to better STEM schooling

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Sanofi Canada announced its third annual Sanofi Biogenius Canada Grants yesterday. Through the grants, Sanofi aims to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning in Canadian public high schools. The company awarded four schools from across the country CA$50,000 each to bolster their scientific learning environments.

“Since launching the Sanofi Biogenius Canada Grant in 2021, we have witnessed the substantial impact the funding has had on improving scientific learning environments for students across the country. We are proud to champion the efforts of Canadian public high schools to propel STEM learning forward, ensuring more students have the opportunity to embrace scientific discovery.”

Stephanie Veyrun-Manetti, Canada Country Lead and General Manager, Specialty Care, Sanofi Canada

The 2023 Sanofi Biogenius Canada Grant recipients include Lucky Lake School in Saskatchewan, Académie Catholique Notre-Dame in Ontario, East Wiltshire School in Prince Edward Island, and Mangilaluk School in the Northwest Territories. These schools were selected for improving the STEM learning experience for their students and fostering a strong sense of community.

Reni Barlow, Executive Director of Youth Science Canada, and Nathan Kostiuk, Western Regional Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science, commented on the announcement. They both expressed their belief that the grants would transform the winning schools’ science programs, teachers, and students. They also emphasized the importance of hands-on STEM learning for students’ future success. Further, they appreciated Sanofi Canada’s commitment to helping students embrace science, technology, and innovation.

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Sanofi Biogenius Canada Grants to better equip public schools

The Sanofi Biogenius Canada Grant provides students better access to scientific equipment and learning resources. Sanofi believes better resources would create more opportunities for STEM education at school. Winning schools must demonstrate a commitment to hands-on STEM learning opportunities for all students. They must include all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, family status, or location. Recipients can use the funds to renovate existing laboratory facilities and purchase new scientific equipment. In addition, they can also use the funds to develop programs to enhance the impact of labs.

In early June, winners of the Sanofi Biogenius Canada Competition, the other pillar of the program, were announced. The Sanofi Biogenius Canada Competition and Grant encourages students from all backgrounds to break barriers and explore real-life STEM research ideas that can change lives – all before leaving high school.

Sanofi Canada, a global healthcare company, employs approximately 2,000 people in Canada. In 2021, the company invested more than CA$143 million in research and development in Canada, creating jobs, businesses and opportunities throughout the country. In 2021, Sanofi announced an investment of CA$925M in a new vaccine manufacturing facility at their existing site in Toronto.

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