Celebrating the graduates of Spring 2021: Faith Trinh

Meet some of the amazing members of the graduating class of Spring 2021 from the Faculty of Science.

Katie Willis - 25 June 2021

This year, the University of Alberta is celebrating the achievements of our graduates with a virtual convocation ceremony on June 25. As we acknowledge the achievements of our graduating class, we’re sharing just a few of the amazing stories of our graduates.

Faith Trinh not only graduates today from the honors neuroscience program, but has been recognized with the prestigious Lieutenant-Governor's Gold Medal, awarded annually to the convocating student from an honors program in the Faculty of Science who has shown the highest distinction in scholarship.

Hear from Faith as she reflects on her experiences at the University of Alberta—from defending her undergraduate thesis to volunteering at Science FUNday—and shares her advice for incoming students.

Congratulations, Faith! 

What brought you to the U of A?

I was born and raised in Edmonton and wanted to attend an institution where I could still be close to my family and friends. I have always had an interest in research, and the University of Alberta offered an abundance of opportunities to become involved in projects from my first to final years of my undergraduate studies.

Tell us about your experience in the Faculty of Science.

I became interested in neuroscience in high school and decided to pursue a degree in the Faculty of Science in hopes to deepen my knowledge about the field. At the same time, the Faculty of Science offered a diversity of courses that allowed me to explore my other interests. The summer after my second year, I became involved in research on neuroplasticity after stroke. With the support of my supervisor and graduate student mentors, I successfully defended my undergraduate thesis this past semester. While it was one of the most difficult projects I have ever completed, the experience taught me to think critically and creatively and challenged me to become more resilient.

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I have met students and professors who inspire me through their passion, work ethic, and dedication to improving our campus community. I am incredibly grateful for all the friendships I have made and the learning opportunities that have helped me grow during my time at the University of Alberta.

What is one of your favourite memories from your time at the U of A?

I really enjoyed volunteering with the Science FUNdamentals team and helping organize our annual Science FUNday event. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the elementary students as they observed a science demonstration and the way their eyes lit up as they tried a new experiment is one of my favourite memories. 

What advice do you have for current and future students at the Faculty of Science?

Don’t be afraid to explore your interests and try new things! Whether it’s a unique volunteer experience, research opportunity, course, or sport that piques your curiosity, take the opportunity to grow and learn something new. You may discover a passion you never knew you had, strengthen your skills, and make new friends along the way.

How have you spent your free time during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

I have been trying out new recipes, working my way through my reading list, playing guitar, and enjoying time outside. With COVID-19 distancing, it has been more important than ever to reconnect with family and friends. I am grateful for all the opportunities I have had to spend time with my loved ones, whether it be through board game nights, movies, or virtual chats.

How do you plan on celebrating convocation?

I plan on having a nice dinner with my family and an outdoor celebration with a few close friends, when it’s safe to do so.

What's next after graduation?

I’m very excited to be starting my first year of medical school at the University of Alberta this August.