Mentor Profiles

Meet the team! Our Science Mentors are listed below. If a mentor has a strike through their name, it means they have reached their maximum number of matches and are not available for matching. Read more about the mentor matching process here.


Mentor Name

Hometown

Mentor Name

Hometown

Biochemistry

Computing Science

Allan Y.

Edmonton, AB

Artie L.

Taiyuan, China

Emily M.

Westaskiwin, AB

Jillian L.

Grande Prairie, AB

Nicholas W.

Calgary, AB

Math and Economics

Trina G. 

Edmonton, AB

Ray L.

China

Biological Sciences

Molecular Genetics

Ajay P. Edmonton, AB    

Alexander F.

Barrhead, AB

Bianca S.

Edmonton, AB

Ben W.

Calgary, AB

Linda M.

Edmonton, AB

Catherine S.

Edmonton, AB

Yidi L.

China

Fajr K.

Edmonton, AB

Neuroscience

Graeme B.

Edmonton, AB

Dhriti M.

Fort McMurray, AB

Jacqueline K. Edmonton, AB Kristen D. Waterloo, ON

Maddie A.

Lamont, AB

Paris M.

Kolkata, WB, India

Maria F. Edmonton, AB  Preet P. Fort McMurray 

Molly C.

St. Albert, AB

Pharmacology

Sharon T.

Edmonton, AB

Maha R.

Edmonton, AB

Tess L

St. Albert, AB

Physiology

Tim L

Taipei, Taiwan

Isha R.

Thompson, MB

Urvi R Edmonton, AB

Physiology and Developmental Biology

Zahra N.

Edmonton, AB

Andrew N.

Edmonton, AB


Dimple P. Fort McMurray, AB

Biological Sciences, Chemistry

Prachi S.

Fort McMurray, AB

Megan F.

Edmonton, AB

Sydney H.

La Glace, AB

Mike B.

Edmonton, AB

Vidhi D.

Fort McMurray, AB

Cell Biology

Psychology

Sophie K.

Sherwood Park, AB

Brittany P.

Edmonton, AB

Chemistry

Claudia W.

Edmonton, AB

Dana B.

Spruce Grove, AB

Lisa S.

Calgary, AB

Tyler M.  Sherwood Park, AB Taylor R. Stony Plain, AB 

Zichong H.

Guangzhou, China

 

Beenish Jawad 

Lahore, Pakistan

Statistics

 

 

Amber D.

Edmonton, AB

Math

 

Undeclared

Komalpreet N

Kpt. India

Erin Y.

Edmonton, AB

 

 

Saham D.

Westlock, AB


Meet the Science Mentor Team

Ajay P. 


Program: Biological Science
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interests: Physiotherapy
I am involved in: I am involved in various sports activities outside the University, including community soccer and basketball. I volunteer at a care unit specializing in treatment of patients with MS.
My best first year tip is: Do not try to write a lab report the day before because you will pull an all nighter and barely finish it and it will most likely not be your best work. Also, make a schedule of not only your homework but also your social life, which will keep you grounded and not scrambling to understand what is going on. Last thing, never attempt to go to the Tim Hortons (both of them) in CAB at lunch times (11:30-1:00) unless you like waiting an hour for a cup of coffee.
A fun fact about me: I was the star of a Family channel commercial when I was 10 years old that aired on TV.
My best quality is: I think that'd be my humour. I have a very sarcastic sense of humour and I have been described as a bit of a joker with my friends.

Alexander F.

Alexandra F.

Program: Biological Sciences 
Hometown: Barrhead, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I plan on doing research with the Department of Cellular Biology this year. In the past I have volunteered at my community hospital and may do that again this summer. Additionally I am involved with the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Of course there is Science Mentoring...
My best first year tip is: Finish your lab related assignments (pre-labs too) as early as possible! Having to rush through a big lab assignment half an hour before it is due is not only stressful but usually doesn't help with your grades either.
A fun fact about me is: I build and fix computers as a hobby (and have done it as a job). I also have a boat license but do not own a boat, yet...
My best quality is: I would say that I am dependable. If I am asked to get something done I will see it through to the end. Quitting is something I simply do not take lightly.
 
Andrew N.

Program: Developmental Biology and Physiology Specialization 
Hometown: Hinton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Dentistry, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am currently on the Students Union of Alberta as a councillor, an executive of the Golden Key International Honors Society, an orientation leader, the director of Cossa student Groups for the faculty of science, and a member for a club volleyball team.
My best first year tip is: Get involved and make the most of your university career. Use the resources available to you to get organized and succeed to the best of your abilities. Try and also focus on your mental and physical heath so you don’t get worn out!
A fun fact about me is: I am an avid backpacker and beach volleyball competitor and an occasional iceberg hopper on glacial lakes! My hiking buddy is a little Tibetan terrier puppy.
My best quality is: My organizational skills.
 

Allan Y.

Program: Biochemistry
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies
I am involved in: Other than being a science mentor, I am also a tutor for a few people mostly dealing in chemistry but also in math.
My best first year tip is: Don't skip class! It's so easy to just not go with all this new found freedom but you'll just find yourself falling behind and missing deadlines.
A fun fact about me is: I enjoy doing yoga. It comes as a surprise to many people but it really helps to destress.
My best quality is: My sense of humour. I take pride on my ability to make anyone laugh.
Program: Statistics
Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I volunteer with USchool as classroom mentor for children. And I also enjoy  traveling and playing guitar.
My best first year tip is: Keep up with you course and professors. If you try find something you really want to do or someone you want to be, just do it!
A fun fact about me is: Travelling is one of thing I enjoy because I can speak 4 languages. I am a foodie and I am also a good cook. 
My best quality is: I am good at listening to people and solving problem by thinking.

Artie L.

Program: Computing Science, Mathematics 
Hometown: Taiyuan, China
Professional Interests: Business

I am involved in: I joined Toastmaster this year and I also planned to run for Student Union Councillors this term, and now I got chance to get involved in ISSS to volunteer for being a mentor. My hobbies are simple, I love swimming, the feeling of being surround by water is so comfortable; I love travelling,  the feeling of being in a wonderful but unfamiliar scenery is amazing; I love photography, the appeal of a picture is not just the view on it, the emotion is much more sentient.

My best first year tip is: Studying is not the only thing in university life, looking around campus, there are always many fun things happening, and we all have chances to get involved in most of them. Study might be stressful, it is the same to everybody, but do not worry, always walking around, joining an event that you never been before, or meeting new people in any occasion, he might be your good friend or classmate or partner one day, or going into gym for fitness or a dance class or anything, or even just walking along the river behind campus, it is always beautiful.
A fun fact about me is: I believed I like to make friends, lots of friends, I like to meet all people from different fields and have different personalities.
My best quality is: Time management: Planning in advance, efficient and qualified time management and teamwork: Utilize team-member’s skills, and give help in time.

 Bennish Jawad

Program: Chemistry
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
Professional Interest: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I'm involved in the table tennis club on campus. I'm also a member of PURL on campus. Starting this fall, I'll be working 3 hours per week with them. In addition, my hobbies include reading novels, watching Game of Thrones, and walking. I love walking. Especially in the snow. And, there's so much more to me that I can't type here mainly because the word limit won't allow me. In short, I love doing what I love.
My best first year tip is: Drink a lot of coffee. You're gonna need it. But don't get stressed out. Discover, experience and learn. That's how you'll grow.
A fun fact about me: I'm extremely talkative and I give the best advice. I also happen to eat a lot of chicken nuggets. And I buy makeup and novels when I'm bored. I'm obsessed with Harry Potter, Sidney Sheldon, Game of Thrones, Marvel, and DC. I do prefer Marvel over DC but love both.
My best quality is: My best quality is that I'm extremely patient and friendly. I will always be there for someone who needs me. That's just who I am. I also give nice advice.
Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Calgary, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Buisness, Biochemistry

I am involved in: I am an avid skier and an alpine ski racing coach. I am also a member of the Canadian Blood Services Youth Committee.
My best first year tip is: Do the practice midterms/finals your prof posts! These have saved me more times than I am proud of!
A fun fact about me is: I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro when I was 14.
My best quality is: My work ethic and my motivation.

Bianca S. 

Program: Molecular Genetics
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am part of U of A Rotaract and I volunteer with ScienceFUNdamentals.  I'm also involved in undergraduate research, working towards the research certificate in science.
My best first year tip is: Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you in class. Chances are they're hoping to meet new people and are just as nervous as you! And even if they don't become your new bff, you will have someone to share notes or study with.
A fun fact about me is: I'm a big music fan! I love when people recommend songs (of all genres) and I like to make wacky themed playlists in my spare time.
My best quality is: I am punctual and dependable!

Brittany P

Program: Psychology 
Hometown: Calgary, AB 
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies, Brain research
I am involved in: I am an exec member of the Undergraduate Psychology Association Co- chair 2016-17 (Smitty library and peer mentor coordinator 2015-16). I play campus recreation ice hockey, volunteer at the Cross Cancer Institute, participated in the internship program in psychology and completed an individual research course.
My best first year tip is: Do not overburden yourself! Getting involved in the campus community is a great idea, but be sure to allocate enough time to your priorities.
A fun fact about me is: I enjoy baking and challenging myself with new recipes!
My best quality is: I am persistent- I don't give up easily. It takes a lot to wear me down enough to make me quit trying to accomplish something I have decided to pursue.

Catherine S.


Program: Biological Sciences 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Optometry, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: the executive team for both the CANFAR student group and the CBCF youth action committee, undergraduate research in pediatrics, as well as weekly volunteering at the Mazankowski.
My best first year tip is: Get organized! Your agenda will help you avoid the stress of forgetting assignment due dates.
A fun fact about me is: I am an avid yogi!
My best quality is: I am a great problem solver, I have strengths in collaboratively solving problems even if presented with limited resources.

Claudia W.

Program: Psychology 
Hometown: Two Hills, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, as an Orientation Leader, and various other clubs on campus. I work at Cactus Club Cafe, and volunteer at numerous festivals and events around Edmonton. I also love playing volleyball, badminton, and with my cat, Serendipity! ;P
My best first year tip is: Keep fighting! First year is where you test the waters of university: don't be afraid to mess up a few times! It's all a learning experience. Get involved, find what you're passionate about, and push yourself. If you never try, you'll never know. (:
A fun fact about me is: that I'm super interested in serial killers and forensic science, so Criminal Minds is my favourite TV show. Shocking, because I'm a psychology major, right? Also, I would love to be psych prof one day!
My best quality is: Staying humble. I've had a fair amount of achievements, but I prefer listening to people and getting to know them, their interests, and passions. Nonetheless, I have quite a sarcastic sense of humour.

Dana B

Program: Chemistry 
Hometown: Spruce Grove, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Law, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I volunteer with and sit on the Programs Committee of WISEST, and over the summer I work in a glycomics research lab at the U of A.
My best first year tip is: Put all your assignments and tests in a calendar on your phone, then set reminders. You'll always have it with you, and you wont miss handing anything in!
A fun fact about me is: I have a black belt in Taekwondo, but my current hobbies are running and cooking!
My best quality is: I think my best quality is my approachability. I'm willing to listen and have a good conversation about anything you find interesting/want to talk about!

Dhriti M.

Program: Neuroscience
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Optometry, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: ...this wonderful program on campus where I get to provide a weekly art program to elementary school kids. I like watching movies with subtitles (not foreign films, just movies with subtitles), playing Wood Puzzle and Sodoku, and going on YouTube in my free time.
My best first year tip is: Cheesecake Flavored FroYo at Teapsy. Enough said. 
A fun fact about me is: I'm a leftie! Despite that, I can play most sports with either hand, and I managed to train myself to write fairly legibly with my right hand.
My best quality is: my succinctness.
Dimple P. 

Program: Physiology and Developmental Biology
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I'm volunteering for the Student Advisory Committee which is administered by the Office of Registrar and Student Connect. I'm also a member of ISSS Finance Committee.
My best first year tip is: Use your first year to learn how to learn and GET INVOLVED! Literally, get involved with lots of student groups and then gradually reduce your commitments over the course of your degree.
A fun fact about me is: Even though I'm majoring in physiology, I am extremely passionate about Maths and can do it for hours straight. I can cook the most challenging Indian dishes but can't bake!
My best quality is: I'm a good listener, always available to talk about anything and everything and I don't judge people. I will go beyond my limits to help someone and I'm the best treasury for you to lock your secrets!

Emily M.

Program: Biochemistry
Hometown: Westaskiwin, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I run for the University's cross country and track and field team. I am also an In-School Mentor with the Boys and Girls club, and am the VP Social of the Biochemistry Students Association Executive.
My best first year tip is: Ask questions! Even if you think it is a silly one. First year is a time of change and new things, and what might be obvious to some isn't to others. Nothing wrong with that!
A fun fact about me is: I love to go hiking in the mountains...now if only I had more time for it!
My best quality is: I always do my best to think positively. Looking on the negative side of things only serves to make life harder on yourself.

Erin Y.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interests: Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I'm an Exec of the Alberta Mentorship Program, a Director with ISSS, a WOW PSV, and I'm hoping to be a BIOL 207 PAL TA.
I also love volleyball; as an official and a player! I can usually be found at Bears/Pandas games.
My best first year tip is: Your university experience is what you make it; study hard, join a club, volunteer, play intramurals, and make some friends. Take care of yourself, discover your passions, and have fun!
A fun fact about me is: My hair colour changes every month or so...it's always a surprise! But my favourite colour is purple.  My mom was born in Trinidad, so I love Soca, Calypso, and Latin music; and my minor is Spanish.
My best quality is: I'm pretty weird, I've got a really diverse set of interests, and I'm a referee; I can handle pretty much anything and I like to think that I'm pretty approachable, dependable, and attentive.
Program: Biological Sciences 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
I am involved in: I volunteer at the Canadian Blood Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Riverbend Seniors Home. On campus, I am part of the Pre Medical Students Association. I enjoy dancing and have performed at various events and I used to be a cheerleader.
My best first year tip is: My best first year tip is to not waste money on brand new textbooks! Rather explore different options like Kijiji or borrowing textbooks at the Library. As well, before classes start, visit the campus a few times to get used to get familiar with the campus (where your classes are, study spaces, etc.)
A fun fact about me is: A fun fact about about me is that I love to travel with friends and family and learn about different cultures.
My best quality is: I am a very good listener and always available when someone needs to talk. I also love helping people and am willing to share my experiences so first-year students don't make the same mistakes I made.

Graeme B.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine
I am involved in: I volunteer with Science Fundamentals, Infinite Resources Inc. and the Week of Welcome. Some of my hobbies include: both playing and coaching rugby, skiing and rock climbing.
My best first year tip is: Feeling stressed out? Homework piling up like crazy? Make a to-do list! It'll help make your workload seem manageable. Use yellow sticky notes for bonus points.
A fun fact about me is: I took a year off between high school and university to work in England and travel around Europe. I have tons of stories about my adventures that I love sharing!
My best quality is: I'm super open-minded, so I'm always down to try new things and hear new ideas.

Isha R.


Program: Physiology 
Hometown: Thompson, MB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: Orientation and volunteer at the U of A hospital on a weekly basis. I am also part of the U of A Vida group that travels aboard to provide free medical care to communities in need. I love reading and travelling the world!
My best first year tip is: Go to the first lecture before buying the textbook for the course because this can save you a lot of money! You don't want to end up buying a book that you will never use. Also don't be scared or shy to go to your prof for help.
A fun fact about me is: I love to bake!
My best quality is: I am very supportive and encouraging. I also always try to look at the positive side of things :)

Jacqueline K.


Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am currently president of an student group known as Empower Youth for WIN. We are passionate group of students who work to raise money for WIN House Edmonton to support women who are fleeing domestic abuse. I'm also a student researcher on neurological development, and play violin for my church choir.
My best first year tip is: Don't be intimidated to talk to people in your classes and your labs. You never know, the stranger sitting next to you in your classes may just be your next best friend, and they feel just as intimidated as you in such a big class. I know you've got an impeccable sense of humour; use it to break the ice!
A fun fact about me is: I'm a bharathnatyam dancer and I love it! If you don't know what bharathnatyam is, it's an ancient Indian classical dance form that originated from Southern India. I've been learning and performing for over 8 years, and I'll keep doing it until my body says no. Also, I love travelling and will never turn down a road trip!
My best quality is: I'm almost guaranteed to laugh at your jokes, and you can easily tell if I'm in a room by my laugh. Lucky for you, that means you're going to walk away from our conversation feeling like a comedian.

Jillian L.

Program: Computing Science 
Hometown: Grande Prairie, AB
Professional Interests: Software Development
I am involved in: I help with Pride/LGBTQ events and I like to tell prospective students about the university at Open House. I'm an artist who studies computing science! I like to draw my own characters, play video games, program, and cosplay.
My best first year tip is: It's easy to become overwhelmed! Break things down and take them one step at a time. Plan ahead, schedule your time, and know that there are many resources on campus to help you.
A fun fact about me is: I transferred to the university from a small college. I have a background in graphic design. I love cats and Pokemon.
My best quality is: I am a very caring person. Please don't be afraid to let me know how you are doing at any point in the year. I am also (of course) LGBTQ friendly.
 Komalpreet N.


Program: Mathematics
Hometown: Kpt. India 
Professional Interest: Law, Graduate Studies, Teaching, Social work, etc.

I am involved in: I always try to find time to do some art and craft, and, play outdoor games with friends. Other then mentoring here, I have also been a Study Buddy!
My best first year tip is: Explore different experiences the University has to offer. You never know where you can find your favourite thing! Hence, be optimistic and truly work hard!
A fun fact about me: I really like to play badminton! You are welcome to beat me at it, but I just love to play it with a child's emotions!
My best quality is: I like to talk. I think I get funnier as the friendship evolves!
Kristen D.


Program: Neuroscience
Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Professional Interest: 
Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy
 
I am involved in: I have been volunteering in a research lab here at the UofA since my first year studying stroke rehabilitation. I am also an exec on the Neuroscience Students' Association and on the Golden Key International Honours Society. Through Golden Key, I have also founded a leadership team called the Kick Start Committee. Outside of school, I volunteer with the Kids with Cancer Society and work part-time at the Running Room. 
My best first year tip is: Don't try to be perfect. First year is full of firsts and new experiences. Some of these you're going to succeed at, while others you're going to fail - and that's okay. Accepting and learning from failure is a part of life, and it's not something to spend a lot of time stress out about.   
A fun fact about me is: I played hockey for 14 years before moving out West and am still the typical, crazy Canadian fan. I actually flew to Finland to watch our team suck terribly in the World Juniors this past Christmas. 
My best quality is: I'm extremely easy-going, and like to think I'm approachable (though I am loud, which does scare some people).

Linda M.

Program: Molecular Genetics 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am a returning science mentor and I really love being one! I currently work in a Drosophila (fruit fly) lab doing undergraduate research and also I volunteer with Science FUNdamentals!
My best first year tip is: Don't be afraid to ask questions! Pack a lunch (save dat $)! Sleep! Exercise! Make a friend in every class! Don't procrastinate: prioritize your time! Stay positive! Negativity does you no good.
A fun fact about me is: I've lived in 6 different houses in Edmonton and Fort McMurray in my life and have attended 5 different schools from kindergarten to grade 12!
My best quality is: I am very friendly and approachable and I love to listen and give good advice. I like to make people laugh and I always try to see the positivity in everything:)

Lisa S.

 
Program: Psychology
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I'm involved in several volunteer activities, such as teaching piano to seniors, leading an art club at Brightview Elementary School, and the Week of Welcome. I'm also an member of the Stollery Youth Committee, a student group that fundraises for the Stollery Children's Hospital.
My best first year tip is: Best first year tip I can give is get involved! There are tons of clubs and activities on campus and it's a great way to meet new people!
A fun fact about me: A fun fact about me is that I love to dance! People may find that surprising when they first meet me, but it's one of my favourite things to do!
My best quality is: My best quality is that I'm incredibly open-minded and trustworthy. You can tell me anything and trust that I won't judge or share that information with others.

Maddie A.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Lamont, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine
I am involved in: On campus I volunteer with University of Alberta's Orientation program, the student group Science FUNdamentals and UAlberta Open house. Off campus I have volunteered reading to children with Frontier College and Edmonton Public Schools. Also I have volunteered and worked in a hospital for the last 3 years.
My best first year tip is: Don't be afraid to introduce your self and sit by people in your classes. They are probably just as nervous and terrified as you are. At the most it could be the start of a great friendship, and at the least you have someone you can get notes from. I can give you advice for starting the conversations if you need.
A fun fact about me: In grades 8/9/10 for a summer job I worked at a bee farm and made honey. It was very sticky labour intensive job but you got free honey so it was totally worth it. I also have a low-key minor obsession with corgis, cats, and sheep.
My best quality is: My ability to adapt to stressful situations; whether this may be an emergency situation or just a social situation. Its also very handy when approaching and talking to someone you think is attractive.
 Maha R.

Program: Pharmacology
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am involved with Big Brothers and Sisters on Campus and a few other clubs on campus. I also volunteer with Khan Communication services, where I volunteer with Autistic children. During my free time I am usually with family, friends, or reading.
My best first year tip is: Get involved with clubs in order to branch out and meet more people! Also stay on top of your readings and problem sets in order to do better on exams.
A fun fact about me: I love to read, and will literally read anything. My all time favourite is Harry Potter! As well I love spending time with children and find most of my volunteer work is with children.
My best quality is: I'm a great listener and am always punctual!
 Maria F.


Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine
I am involved in: I have held executive positions on two student groups. I also volunteered in a couple of places in the Edmonton community. I've been volunteering with the Science Mentor Program for the past two years and have become really good friends with one of the mentees (we frequently attend volunteer events together).
My best first year tip is: First year can be overwhelming especially with trying to balance academics and extracurricular activities. It's probably better to start with being part of just a few things and adding more activities until you get to comfortable level.
A fun fact about me: I really enjoy imitating accents. Sometimes when I get a little bit tired while studying, I start reading my notes in different accents and get really excited!
My best quality is: I'm a great listener and I'm very approachable. A lot of my friends come to me to share both their happy and sad stories, and I'm happy to listen to them at anytime!
 
 Megan F.

Program: Biological Sciences, Chemistry
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interest: None
I am involved in: Undergraduate research with the Research Certificate in Biological Sciences, the Southern African Field School, and volunteering with Week of Welcome 2016.
My best first year tip is: Start reviewing class material on a regular basis early into the semester. University classes can be demanding so keeping up with your course material will reduce stress during exam time.
A fun fact about me: I love to travel! With the Southern African Field School, I will be studying in Swaziland, Mozambique, and South Africa over the summer. After this trip I will have travelled to 15 countries.
My best quality is: My work ethic. I always create a schedule of the tasks I need to accomplish and I strive to complete them to the best of my abilities in a timely manner.
 Mike B.

 
Program: Biological Sciences, Chemistry
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interest: Graduate Studies
 
I am involved in: Facilitating an organic chemistry Mini Study Group with ISSS. I enjoy travelling and scuba diving when I can
My best first year tip is: Just breathe. This experience is about perseverance and sometimes things may not be going as you hope but take a moment, regroup, find a little happiness (a large chai does it for me) and try again!
A fun fact about me: Before coming back to Edmonton to pursue my degree, I spent 13 months abroad travelling around and meeting new people!
My best quality is: Highly motivated, knowledgeable and personable. I've had many experiences, both in an academic setting and beyond. Very understanding about each individual's unique challenges.
Molly C. 

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: St. Albert, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine, Law, Physiotherapy
I am involved in: I volunteer at my local physiotherapy clinic and with early elementary school kids to help them with their reading at the St. Albert Public Library.  I love running and doing hot yoga.
My best first year tip is: Make to-do lists to budget your time!
A fun fact about me: I am probably one of the only university students who is a non-coffee drinker!
My best quality is: My perseverance and work ethic.
 Nicholas W.

Program: Biochemistry
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Professional Interest: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: Campus/Academic: Research Hobbies: Yoga, outdoor activities, and searching for the best coffee shops in whatever city I find myself in.
My best first year tip is: Do not underestimate the power of 15-minute naps (or sleep in general).  Aim to have a consistent sleep schedule.
A fun fact about me: I'm not that athletic whatsoever, but I can dribble a basketball with only my knees.
My best quality is: I am very goal-driven.  When I have my mind set on something, I can put in the time, effort and commitment it takes to get to where I want to be.

Paris M.

Program: Neuroscience
Hometown: Kolkata, WB, India 
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies
I am involved in: Love volunteering in and around the city of Edmonton and meeting new people. Hobbies include watching/playing soccer, swimming, going for walks, reading books, writing poetry and netflix! I 
My best first year tip is: Get involved. The trick is to get involved a lot in the first year and then reduce your involvement accordingly with your work-load rather than the other way round 
A fun fact about me is: Although my major and love is Neuroscience, I have an extremely strong passion for writing. I am considering a English minor but not too sure yet! Someday I plan to publish a book! 
My best quality is: Perseverance. I am an international student and unlike most internationals here, I do not come from a rich background. So I had to work really hard to get here and I intend to keep doing so. 

Prachi S.

Program: Physiology and Developmental Biology 
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: ISSS, and am a SHAD and HYRS alumni. I also volunteer at a local Edmonton hospital on a weekly basis. 
My best first year tip is: Don't Procrastinate! Courses get tough around midterms and the best way to get the highest grade possible is to stay on top of work and be proactive! 
A fun fact about me is: I love to read and will read just about any novel out there. I've read everything from Harry Potter to Shakespeare to Dan Brown's novels. I also love to talk about the books I read with other people. 
My best quality is: My empathy and compassion for others. I always try to look at the positive side of things and am a very supportive and encouraging person. 
Preet P.
 
Program: Neuroscience
Hometown: Fort McMurray
Professional Interest: Medicine, Law, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I volunteer with an after school arts club that provides free art tutorials to underprivileged elementary school kids! I am also part of the Student Advisory Committee in the coming year. In my spare time I enjoy listening to many different types of music, watching movies, sleeping, and writing personal biographies of things I'm involved in! 
My best first year tip is: Budget your time. In university, there is great emphasis on individual learning - and it is often easy to be oblivious to accumulating assignments, or sometimes even midterm dates. You'll do yourself a favour by spending 5 minutes at night figuring out your schedule for the next day, or keeping some type of daily planner/calendar. Save time and avoid cramming!
A fun fact about me: I love chicken! I will never ever turn down chicken and love eating all the different kinds of chicken out there in the world. I'm also a really bad liar.
My best quality is: I am very empathetic, loyal and honest. I do not like disappointing people so you can be assured that I will try my best to make sure that never happens!
 Ray L.

Program: Mathematics and Economics
Hometown: China
Professional Interest: Business
I am involved in: I join in the club cki and will be in the position of vp service and also participate in safewalk& international service.
My best first year tip is: Time management is extremely important,need to have a schedule for everyday and use time efficiently.
A fun fact about me: I like travelling photography fitness and animation,I hate pork.
My best quality is: I'm very patient and kind as well as willing to talk and share.
 Saham D.

Program: Undeclared
Hometown: Westlock, AB
Professional Interest: Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy
I am involved in: I volunteer at the MCE Mosque, my local library, and now as a Science Mentor! I'm planning to get more involved in the following semesters. If you have any recommendations feel free to tell me about them.
My best first year tip is: Start the year with a study schedule. Dedicate time to study/review for each of your classes and stick to that schedule for the rest of the year. It will keep you from procrastinating. When its time for midterms and final exams, you won't be learning, but reviewing things you already know.
A fun fact about me: I love memes! I really enjoy getting tagged in posts for funny videos and pictures. However, something that actually showcases a skill I have (and not some weird obsession with memes) is that I am fluent in French. Oui Oui Baguette!
My best quality is: I'm friendly and approachable. I find talking to new people really easy and enjoyable. As well, I can always provide a lending ear for any issues that someone may have.

Sharon T.

Program: Biological Sciences 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine
I am involved in: I volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club as a Big Sister and with the Centre For Family Literacy as an Adult Tutor. 
My best first year tip is: I strongly recommend going to the first lecture before you purchase that course's textbook. This can save you from spending a lot of money on a book that might never be used. 
A fun fact about me is: A fun fact about me is that I have perfected the macaroni and cheese recipe! 
My best quality is: My best quality is that I'm supportive. I think it's extremely important to be encouraging and understanding, especially as a mentor for new university students. 

Sophie K.

Program: Cell Biology 
Hometown: Sherwood Park, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: At school, I'm working in a genetics research lab working with fruit flies. Away from school, I play and coach ringette. I also love being outside and travelling.
My best first year tip is: University is about so much more than what you learn in class. Don't forget to enjoy the experience of being on campus and meeting new people.
A fun fact about me is: I have my scuba diving certification.
My best quality is: I am always happy to help with whatever you need.
 Sydney H.

Program: Physiology and Developmental Biology
Hometown: La Glace, Alberta
Professional Interest: None
I am involved in: Part of the pioneer class of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC). I really enjoy swimming, snowboarding, going to the gym, and spending time outside. I'm excited to see who I will meet through the Mentorship Program!
My best first year tip is: Always make the effort to put yourself out there and make new connections. Many people are scared to put the effort into their lives. Push yourself to be the best you can be!
A fun fact about me: I constantly find myself reverting to my love of the great outdoors!
My best quality is: I understand that life happens.
Taylor R.
 
Program: Psychology
Hometown: Stony Plain
Professional Interest: Medicine

I am involved in: Along with the mentorship program, I am on the executive for the Students' International Health Association, which is involved in health promotion both on campus and in the community. I am also a campus Ambassador and get to provide tours of campus, volunteer in Student Connect and represent the U of A at various events.
My best first year tip is: Get involved! Joining clubs and volunteering is an amazing way to meet new people, make friends, learn new things, and truly feel a part of the U of A community. It has had the biggest impact on my university experience, by far.
A fun fact about me: I can't wink. I've been trying since I was 5, but I just can't seem master it. My friends and family have tried to help, but I think I am just a lost cause at this point.
My best quality is: I am very focused and dedicated. I am not afraid to work hard and make sacrifices for my goals, whether these are career, academic or volunteering related.
Tess L.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine
I am involved in: In the summer of 2016, I will be working in a Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry lab on campus. During the year, I volunteer with Science FUNdamentals, the UAlberta Ambassador Program, and Science Mentors. I also have a part-time job at Home Depot!
My best first year tip is: Get involved on campus! There are so many student groups and clubs out there - really something for everyone. It's a great way to get involved in the community, as well as make friends across faculties! All of the best memories I have from my degree (so far) have been to do with groups I'm a part of on campus.
A fun fact about me: I am a huge Blue Jays fan! For the past 3 summers I've been able to travel to Toronto to watch them play a couple games, and I will hopefully continue doing this for a long time!
My best quality is: I think my best quality is my friendliness. I'm pretty good at making friends, and I like meeting people on campus. I love to hear what others are learning, and why they chose their program!
 
 Tim L.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Professional Interest: Medicine, Dentistry
I am involved in: The main club I am involved with is the Centre of Autism, we fund raise and raise awareness of this condition. I also really enjoy playing basketball/dodgeball in my free time.
My best first year tip is: University is a big place with a lot of people. Join clubs, talk to random people in lectures to make connections. Who knows? Maybe the next person you talk to will be your new best friend :)
A fun fact about me: I have played violin for 14 years, it used to be something my parents forced me to do but now it has turned into a passion and hobby. I also collect stamps and rare coins for fun!
My best quality is: My best quality would be my ability to critically analyze problems and be flexible with my solutions. I generally am able to come up with multiple solutions to problems I encounter.

Trina G.

Program: Biochemistry 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies
I am involved in: Mentoring study groups, volunteering with Canadian Blood Services, and volunteering in a dementia home. I also love reading (and no, not just textbooks)!
My best first year tip is: Don't get addicted to coffee. It's an expensive habit...
A fun fact about me is: I can't whistle. If someone could teach me, that would be great. 
My best quality is: Being a good listener. Honestly, I love being there when someone just needs someone else to talk to.
 Tyler M.

Program: Chemistry
Hometown: Sherwood Park, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine, Graduate Studies
 
I am involved in: Currently I am volunteering in the Emergency Room in a hospital, which is always a unique experience! On campus I am involved with various student groups and was an Orientation Leader for the 2015/2016 academic year. I also really enjoy hockey and skiing.
My best first year tip is: Try new things! There are tons of courses, clubs and activities that are available that you may find interesting. Also, warm routes to class are just as important as fast routes to class (I learned this the hard way during my first November), so keep your eyes open for new ways to get to different places on campus.
A fun fact about me: I have a collection of Tommy Bahama shirts. I try to whip them out as much as possible during the few months of summer that we get here in Edmonton.
My best quality is: My work ethic and sense of humour. It is important to work hard, but being able to laugh and enjoy yourself while doing it makes it so much easier.
 Urvi R.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interest: Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am fortunate to be a member of the Canadian Blood Services Edmonton Youth Committee and the U of A Learning Beyond Borders student group. Both these volunteer commitments have allowed me to grow a lot over the past few years and meet people who have really inspired me. From helping potential donors find out their blood type to dressing up as an elf for the Christmas parade, Canadian Blood Services has been quite the adventure. On the other hand, Learning Beyond Borders has opened my eyes to a whole different world. Exchanging letters and scrapbooks with our primary school friends in Uganda, among other activities, has been an incredible experience. 
Outside of volunteering, I love to dance! I have learned classical Indian dance for many years and am excited to now be learning more contemporary styles. I would love to keep learning new forms of dance – especially from different parts of the world!
My best first year tip is: First year can be a time full of change! Keep asking questions and exploring new things because the U of A has a lot to offer. Remember to take advantage of on or near-campus facilities and SU services.  
With so much going on however, it's alright if you're feeling a little overwhelmed! I definitely felt that way. My best bit of advice for you is to keep believing in yourself! Hey it might sound cheesy, but daring to dream and having confidence in yourself can take you a long way!
A fun fact about me: Without intending to, I think I've memorized nearly every line spoken in Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone! No matter how many times I watch it however, the magic of the film and this timeless book series by J.K. Rowling, never fails to amaze me.
My best quality is: I am willing to listen! Whether I might be able to hear about your day, offer an opinion, be a support, or laugh at that very clever pun you came up with earlier, I'd always be happy to lend an ear.
 

Vidhi D.

Program: Physiology and Developmental Biology 
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am involved with ISSS, I am part of their Awards Adjunction Committee. I also volunteer at the Northeast Community Health Centre. 
My best first year tip is: Don't procrastinate, always be on top of your work! The second tip is if you want to get a coffee always go when classes are in progress, the lines are always the shortest then! 
A fun fact about me is: A fun fact about me is that I can sew! 
My best quality is: My best quality is that I am a good listener and I give good advice! 

Yidi L.

Program: Molecular Genetics 
Hometown: Henan, China 
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies
I am involved in: Besides volunteering with Science Mentor program, I am also a senior peer and welcome ambassador of International student services. I enjoy watching Netflix and swimming in my free time and I am a huge fan of tasty food. Food is literally the one thing I lways say yes to. Oh, and I will also be a Science orientation leader during WOW this year!! This may not be very related, but I am also trying to learn some Spanish, I think it is a very beautiful language.
My best first year tip is: Don't be shy! Get involved, try new things and make friends! 
A fun fact about me is: I enjoy all sorts of spicy taste except chili spicy, which i find interesting but friends claim to be weird. I mean like black pepper, garlic, ginger, wasabi, etc. Love them all!!
My best quality is: I am culturally sensitive because of my own international background, I respect people and their beliefs, I am a good listener and I love making new friends.

Zahra N.

Program: Biological Sciences 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies

I am involved in: The Toastmasters Club, the University of Alberta First Aid club and the science mentor program. I like to read interesting novels when I have time! 
My best first year tip is: Always keep up with the course: do your readings, your problems sets and you will do better on the exams. 
A fun fact about me is: I love working with children and I used to volunteer for the CHATTERS program which works with autistic children. 
My best quality is: I am a good listener.

 Zichong H.

Program: Chemistry, Computing Science
Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Professional Interest: None
I am involved in: International Student Volunteer, Geek Club, GO, Judo,
My best first year tip is: Do you mean the most relaxing year during university? Just get enough rest so that you don't need sleep a lot on your fourth year...just kidding. Best tips: get enough sleep and keep your body fit!
A fun fact about me: One of the international student who may speak your language! I cook well and I can teach you well! You may find that I love to talk with computer more than human...
My best quality is: Patience and careful is my keyword. If I have a question boring me whole day long, I can't go to sleep without the answer!
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