Scott Xiao

Youth Research Assistant

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Research Interests

Scott Xiao is currently a Grade 12 student at Burnaby North Secondary. A talented young musician and an avid learner, he has won numerous awards at both national music festivals and academic competitions. In March 2008, Scott became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Festival Medal at the Seattle Young Artists’ Music Festival. Later that year, he placed first nationally in Piano 4-Hands and second in Piano Solo at the Canadian Music Competition in Quebec City, before being the runner-up at the International Russian Piano Competition in San Jose, California. After that, he transitioned his focus towards his academic studies, and won second place in Canada at the Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee in 2010. In April of 2013, Scott was the captain of the Reach for the Top trivia team that won 1st place in British Columbia. In June of the same year he was the youngest student to be invited to the National Chemistry Olympiad Training Camp in Toronto. Scott was invited to the same camp again in May 2014, and was selected to represent Canada at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he won a bronze medal. In June, he placed 5th on the University of Toronto National Biology Competition and was the national winner of the Canadian Chemistry Contest.

As a proficient musician in three instruments, Scott believes that there is a correlation between learning music and excelling academically. Because certain transferrable skills gained from practicing music overlap with valuable academic skills, students that play music often do well in school. In order to pursue this interest, Scott joined the MODAL Research Team in 2012 and is currently helping to conduct research in the field of music and education.