Mentor Profiles

Meet the team! Our Science Mentors are listed below. If a mentor has taken next to 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

Immunology and Infection

Allan Y. taken

Edmonton, AB

Aldrin H. Yellowknife, NT

Sameera H. 

Fort McMurray, AB Jeannelle B. Red Deer, AB
Tess L Edmonton, AB  Kieran M.  Edmonton, AB 

Biological Sciences

Mathematics
Alexander F. Barrhead, AB Aaron T. - taken Edmonton, AB
Alicia C. Edmonton, AB Shane P - taken

Edmonton, AB

Alycia W Edmonton, AB Medical Lab Science
Denise M. - taken

Edmonton, AB

Linda M.  Edmonton, AB
Erin Y.

Edmonton, AB

Molecular Genetics 
Esther T.

Edmonton, AB

Bianca S.  Edmonton, AB
Fajr K - taken
Edmonton, AB Paleontology
Erin S.  Leduc, AB 
Jason W. Edmonton, AB Pharmacology
Jeremy J. Edmonton, AB Jeremies I Lagos, Nigeria
Graeme B Edmonton, AB Katherina V. Calgary, AB
Luija C. Edmonton, AB  Maha R. Edmonton, AB
Maddie A. Edmonton, AB

Physiology

Megan H. Red Deer, AB Dimple P. - taken Fort McMurray, AB
Molly C. St. Albert, AB Duane A. Edmonton, AB 
Neha D.  DR, Congo Isha R. Thompson, MB
  Shruti S. - taken  Fort mcMurray, AB
Rebecca P. Edmonton, AB Physiology and Developmental Biology
Sharon T. Edmonton, AB Prachi S. Fort McMurray, AB
Saher M.        Lahore, Pakistan Richa P. Fort McMurray, AB
Sara O. Edmonton, AB Sydney H. La Glace, AB
    Vidhi D. - taken  Fort McMurray, AB

Cell Biology

Psychology   
Paige S. - taken

St. Albert, AB

Ally S St. Albert

Chemistry

Alysha R. - taken Calgary, AB
Ali G.
 London, England
Brenna H.  Edmonton, AB 

Dana B.

Spruce Grove, AB

Christine T. - taken Vancouver, BC
Geology Cody L. Bruderheim, AB
Jordan G. - taken Evansburg, AB

Geophysics 

Dhriti M Fort McMurray, AB

Cody G

Edmonton, AB

Lane L Daysland, AB
Neuroscience    Lisa S. Calgary, AB 

Preet P. - taken

Fort McMurray, AB  Undeclared   
    Andrew C. - taken  Slave Lake, AB

Meet the Science Mentor Team




Aaron T. 


Program: Mathematics
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: Camping and hiking, especially in the Jasper area. I have worked as a peer tutor. I haven't been overly involved on campus in the past, though I am trying to change that now.

My best first year tip is: Budget your time wisely, pay attention to assignment deadlines, and make sure to leave yourself enough time to relax and unwind at least once in a while.

A fun fact about me:My favorite number is 81 because it is the only number greater than 1 with the property that the sum of its digits is equal to its square root.

My best quality is: Patience, and dedication. I think this is especially beneficial, in studying math or physics, when you're faced with a daunting problem and it takes an hour or two before a solution presents itself.

 Aldrin H.

Program: Immunology and Infection
Hometown: Yellowknife, NT
Professional Interests: Business
 
I am involved in: I am an avid ultimate frisbee player with the University team. Throughout my undergrad I have volunteered with the University of Alberta Ambassador Program and the Aboriginal Student Services Centre.

My best first year tip is: Find a balance between extracurriculars and academics. University is about the connections you create!

A fun fact about me: I used to read in trees. The last time was years ago because I hit each branch on the way to the ground.

My best quality is: My listening ability is top-notch. I listen without any judgement and love to hear stories without interruptions!

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.

 Ali G.




Program: Chemistry, Psychology
Hometown: London, England 
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies

I am involved in: Week of welcome/Oreintation, Musicbox Children's Charity, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation  Youth Action Committee, Russian Students Association, and Brainwaves.
My best first year tip is: Do not rush to buy your textbooks. Sometimes they are only supplementary to the course, not a necessity.

A fun fact about me is: I've lived in Canada for eight years, but the first time I went skiing was in Dubai last year. That was expensive.

My best quality is: always being open minded. I will never dismiss an opinion or idea, regardless of how ridiculous it may seem.

Alicia C.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interests: Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine

I am involved in: Week of Welcome and Orientation, the UAlberta Ambassador program, and ISSS as a mini study group leader. I am in the Peter Lougheed Leadership college. I enjoy basketball and playing the ukulele.

My best first year tip is: Grades are very important. However, university is much more than that! You can develop your passions, make amazing friendships and learn about yourself. Look for growth opportunities beyond academics.

A fun fact about me is: I love traveling! From immersing myself into new cultures, to interacting with many diverse peoples, to learning just how connected we all are to one another.

My best quality is: I am kind and compassionate. I deeply care about the well being of others and I am always willing to lend a hand.

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: Psychology
Hometown:St. Albert, AB
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies

I am involved in: I have participated in the university's SIP and got a wonderful placement at the CCMHBI. I also volunteer with CMHA by giving speeches and facilitating groups on mental health for school students.

My best first year tip is: It is never too early to start studying. Midterms and finals come up quicker than you would think and the earlier you start studying the better.
A fun fact about me is: I love road trips! I like driving to see the land and I like having the ability to stop wherever I want to camp, hike and/or sight see.

My best quality is: I am caring. I want to do whatever I can to help people live fulfilling lives, which is part of the reason I picked psychology as a career focus.

 

Alycia W.

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

I am involved in: I have volunteered for the Aboriginal Student Services Centre Bridges orientation for 2 years. I love being able to welcome new students to the University and give tips. I am also an SU tutor.

My best first year tip is: Be creative! Don't limit yourself to one style of studying that worked in high school. Make it fun for you then you will procrastinate less and have more time for yourself!
A fun fact about me is: I love art and science so I have developed a way to combine the two. My study notes consist of sketchbooks with words, drawings and sometimes stickers!

My best quality is: I am a positive person and always try my best in everything I do.

 Alysha R.

Program: Psychology
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I work for the Healthy Campus Unit and at a Treatment Home for traumatized youth. I volunteer with Week of Welcome and Kids Cancer Care. I'm a research assistant in a psychology and neuroscience lab.

My best first year tip is: Get involved and use the resources UofA has to offer! Starting university is a new and exciting experience. Try to make the most of opportunities and get to know new people (faculty & students)!

A fun fact about me: I love being outdoors and especially being in the mountains! Whether it's going for a hike, biking, snowboarding, or cross-country skiing.

My best quality is: Empathy. I work and volunteer with many different people in many different situations. I try hard to understand everyone's individual point of view and work with each individual's strengths/struggles.
Program: Undeclared
Hometown: Slave Lake, AB 
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies, Dietetics

I am involved in: During my first year, I helped with setting up UAlberta Pride Week, which was a very rewarding experience and I highly recommend any student to participate in campus activities that interests them.

My best first year tip is: Out of all the many tips I can give you, the most important one I feel is to be adaptable. University is a place to explore your interests so take advantage of that and find what really interests you.

A fun fact about me is: I absolutely love working out and exercising at the Van Vliet gym and I try and go as much as possible as exercising is a great way to de-stress and achieve optimum health while studying.

My best quality is: My ability to look on the bright side of things. It is essential to look at the positives when things don't go according to plan in order to adapt and ultimately succeed in the end.

Bianca S. 

Program: Molecular Genetics
Hometown: Slave Lake, AB
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am involved with U of A Rotaract, and I am an executive member of the Organization of Botany Students. I'm also involved in undergraduate research, currently studying the genetics of forest trees.
My best first year tip is: Go to the clubs fair and sign up for anything and everything that interests you! It's a great way to make new friends on campus that you might not meet otherwise.

A fun fact about me is: I love knitting and I'm learning how to crochet as well!
My best quality is: I'm a good listener and very punctual!

Brenna H.

Program: Psychology 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
I am involved in: Soccer, Capital City Clean Up, Metis and Aboriginal activities, Yoga, Taste of Edmonton volunteering, playing flute.
My best first year tip is: Visit your professors to ask questions or go over exams/assignments. You may get valuable insight. Take things one at a time and don't get discouraged!
A fun fact about me is: I have won 6 provincial titles with my soccer team.
My best quality is: My ability to empathize with others. I believe it is important to understand and share what others are going through.

Christine T.

Program: Psychology
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am currently working as a research assistant in one of the psychology labs.

My best first year tip is: Instead of spending an outrageous amount of money on brand new textbooks, you could go on eBay, Craigslist, or the Facebook group to get them at a cheaper price. Also, 8am lectures not recommended.
A fun fact about me is: Things I like: Burger, Pasta, Anime, Disney, Studio Ghibli, Doraemon, Chupa Chups, Omurice, Frozen yogurt, Crepe, Coffee, Bubble tea, Ice cream, Chicken nuggets
My best quality is: I am on my phone 24/7 so I reply speedily.

Cody G.

Program: Geophysics 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Graduate Studies, Geoscience
I am involved in: On top of being a Science Mentor, I am also currently the Vice-President of UofA's Geophysics Undergraduate Society and a UofA Ambassador!
My best first year tip is: Get involved in the campus community! Find a group that sparks your interest and join in, it is one of the easiest ways to meet great people and build new relationships at UofA.

A fun fact about me is: The best 'fun fact' I have is that I have done geophysics fieldwork in locations where films such as Inception and The Revenant have been filmed!

My best quality is: I like to think that my best quality would be my caring for others. I like to ensure that my interactions with others I work with are helpful and beneficial to both myself and them.

 Cody L.

Program: Psychology 
Hometown: Bruderheim, AB
Professional Interests: Medicine, Business
 
I am involved in: I am Co-President of Jack.org UAlberta, a Supportive Listener at the Peer Support Centre, involved in research with U of A's Department of Medicine, and an Active Member of Delta Chi Alberta.


My best first year tip is: Be as open and general as possible. Explore different options and talk to different people. There are so many choices and routes to take in University. The challenge is learning about them early!

A fun fact about me is: I love to spend my free time during the summer attending EDM festivals. I have been to Chasing Summer, Pemberton (luckily before it went bankrupt!), and planning on Osheaga in Montreal this Summer!

My best quality is: My best quality is my ability to actively listen to others. I am great at listening to other's concerns in both a non-judgmental and supportive manner.

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!

Denise M.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interests: Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy
 
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: Don't be afraid to talk to people in your classes/labs and ask questions. There's tons of people in the same boat as you and who are looking to make new friends as well!

A fun fact about me is: I can't roll my 'R's or fold my tongue. If you want to teach me I'd be down for the opportunity.

My best quality is: I think my best quality would be how outgoing I am and my ability to make people feel at ease and comfortable.

Dhriti M.

Program: Psychology
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am currently in the process of finding new extracurriculars for me to try in the upcoming year. In my free time, I like to read, watch TV and do art.
My best first year tip is: Don't let your preconceived views about what you like/don't like stop you from trying out different courses. U of A has 100's of courses, so don't force yourself to do a course you don't like.
A fun fact about me is: Despite being left handed, I can play many sports equally as well with either hand.
My best quality is: My desire to always better who I am as a person. I compare who I am today with who I want to be in the future, to always be growing as a person.
Dimple P. 

Program: Physiology 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Optometry, Law, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, Buisness
I am involved in: On campus, I am a Director at ISSS and volunteer at a physiology research lab concerned with neural control of respiration. I also volunteer at a community hospital on weekly basis.

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!

Duane A.

Program: Physiology
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Optometry, Law, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, Buisness
I am involved in: I volunteer as a member of the Academic Advocacy Team and Constitution Review Committee for the Interdepartmental Science Students Society and as a faculty leader for Week of Welcome.
My best first year tip is: "Easy A" courses do not exist! You will get the best grades in courses that you are actually interested in because you'll have the motivation to learn and study the material.
A fun fact about me is: I am usually very friendly.  However, when I play games with my friends, I often turn into a different person because my competitive side comes out and takes over.
My best quality is: I am a very optimistic person. Focusing on the positives (and not the negatives) allows me to see the good within everything and everyone.
 Erin S.
 
Program: Paleontology
Hometown: Leduc, AB 
Professional Interests:None
I am involved in: I am involved in the U of A Paleontological Society. I also enjoy drawing and listening to music in my spare time.

My best first year tip is: Make a schedule, and make sure to schedule in time for yourself.

A fun fact about me is: I like dinosaurs and the outdoors.
My best quality is: I am a great listener and problem-solver.

Erin Y.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interests: Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I'm Treasurtary of the Alberta Mentorship Program, Director of Lockers for the Interdepartmental Science Students Society, Week of Welcome Program Support Team Facilitator, and BIOL 207 PAL TA. 

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 think that I’m pretty unique! I've got a diverse set of interests and I'm a referee so I can handle pretty much anything, and I like to think that I'm pretty approachable, reliable, and attentive.
 Esther T.

Program: Biological Sciences, Psychology
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
 
I am involved in: The Undergraduate Psychology Association (I am VP Social for the upcoming year!). I am also a full time volunteer at the University of Alberta Hospital and take part in events like WOW and Open House.
My best first year tip is: Take it easy and make as many connections as you can! Getting involved on campus is a great way to do so, and to become friends with people who share a common passion.
A fun fact about me is:  I write short stories in my spare time! Mostly dystopian and very apocalyptic-y but otherwise they are not too bad.
My best quality is: I am a great listener, am super approachable and full of good advice. You'll be able to talk to me about anything anytime and receive great empathy!
Program: Biological Sciences 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
I am involved in: I volunteer with Stollery Youth Committe, Week of Welcome/Orientation, Canadian Blood Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Riverbend Seniors Home.  I enjoy dancing and have performed at various events.

My best first year tip is: Rather than buying brand new textbooks, explore different options like Kijiji or borrowing from the Library. As well, before classes start, visit the campus a few times to get familiar with it.

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 :)

Jason W.

Program: Biological Sciences 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interests: Optometry, Business
I am involved in: Stollery Youth Committee
My best first year tip is: Find the time and space to study on your own. Group work is beneficial and important in university, but always set aside some time to focus on yourself.
A fun fact about me is: Although I'm red-green colorblind, I was still able to get my drivers license and I haven't gotten into an accident (yet).
My best quality is: Regardless of the day or the occasion, I always try to dress and act my best.
Jeannelle B.


Program: Immunology and Infection
Hometown: Red Deer, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine

I am involved in: Currently I am volunteering at the St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital. I have also been apart of the U of A club, Helping Hands for Homeless Youth.

My best first year tip is: Don't be too hard on yourself. This is the adjustment year and no one expects you to be perfect.

A fun fact about me: In my spare time I like watching movies, reading books and petting cats.

My best quality is: I genuinely enjoy helping others and love doing volunteer work.

Jeremies I.

Program: Pharmacology
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Professional Interest: 
Medicine, Pharmacy
 
I am involved in: I am involved in officiating basketball and volleyball intramural and campus cup games.

My best first year tip is: practice,practice,practice; no matter how daunting the subject, chapter, or the situation practice makes perfect.

A fun fact about me is: I love running and curling up to a good novel; though an ideal to me would be one spent learning new recipes.

My best quality is: My best quality would be that I love conversation and I am always open to conversation, no matter the situation.
Jeremy J.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown:Edmonton, AB
Professional Interest: 
Medicine, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
 
 I am involved in: I have been involved in Greek Life on Campus, and volunteer my time at the Blood Bank in the university area. In terms of fun I enjoy alcoholic beverages from time to time and am decent at billiards.

My best first year tip is: It is worth your time to look at the campus layout as well your class location prior to the first week, but it is also important to locate the prime coffee spots (no lineups between breaks!)

A fun fact about me is: I used to dislike coffee, but nowadays I'm pretty sure my blood is just 37C coffee

My best quality is: I am almost always connected to some form of internet, and am very punctual. I will be able to provide support swiftly for any time-sensitive matters!
Jordan G.

 
Program:Geology
Hometown:Evansburg, AB
Professional Interest: 
Oil and gas industry, mineral exploration, farming
 I am involved in: Volunteering in the aboriginal community, playing basketball on weekends, and watching sports in pubs

My best first year tip is: Find out what studying techniques work best or you. It takes some time and patience testing out what works for you, everyone is different.

A fun fact about me is: I like to be very involved in the family farm, trying to return home most weekends to help out.

My best quality is: I'm very outgoing and love to make new friends.
 Katherina V.

Program: Pharmacology
Hometown: Calgary, AB 
Professional Interests: Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
 
 
I am involved in: I am involved with 2 running clubs, RuSH and the Lister Run Club. I am also a volunteer for the Cross Cancer Institute, Circle K, Kidsports, and was an exec on the Science FUNday comittee.

My best first year tip is: Try and get involved as much as possible. I found that joining clubs that suited my interests was the easiest way to make new friends and learn new things.

A fun fact about me is:  I really enjoy travelling and volunteering. In fact this Summer I get to combine those two interests by travelling to Mexico to volunteer for six weeks!

My best quality is: My perseverance and work ethic. Once I commit to something I'm absolutely dedicated to making sure I put my best foot forward and put all my effort towards it.

Kieran M.

Program:  Immunology and Infection
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies

I am involved in: I'm as involved as I can be with campus groups, from regular events to exec. positions. My main involvement, however, is my research, as I'm currently grinding away at my first potential publication.
My best first year tip is: Get to know campus as well as you can in your first few weeks on campus. It might seem tedious, but getting to know the quickest path between point A and B might save you from being late to a midterm.
A fun fact about me is: I once cooked minute rice in 58 seconds.... I've been chasing that high ever since.

My best quality is: My slightly above-average leg length, which lets me speed around campus with ease. Never again will I be burdened with the need to walk at an acceptable pace.

 

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:)

Lane L.

Program: Psychology
Hometown: Daysland, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Graduate Studies

I am involved in: Volunteer Science Tutor, Stroke Research, Cognition Research

My best first year tip is: Buy your own coffee; you'll save a ton of money (and a coffeemaker is like 20$).

A fun fact about me: I'm from a small town in the middle of nowhere! I really like butter chicken

My best quality is: I listen very well; I am thoughtful, and very honest.
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.
 Lujia C.

 
Program: Biological Sciences 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, Biochemistry
 I am involved in: On campus, I am a Chinese Students Club member, and enjoy volunteering for events like the Health & Wellness AMAZING Race, and Science Funday. Outside of school, I am a biking enthusiast and bookworm.

My best first year tip is: The Chem 10X help room saved me from countless lab panic attacks; the TAs are the best people! You also get to know some lab mates and help your peers. It's an amazing resource, 10/10 recommend.

A fun fact about me: Lots of people are slightly surprised and perplexed when they find out my all-time favourite food is a BANANA. That's why I have the "banana chemical" isoamyl acetate drawn on my lab coat :)

My best quality is: I like to take initiative to get to know people, despite being an introvert. I promise myself and others that I'm a person who will come through, and not just in the passing.

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!
 Megan H.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Red Deer, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine, Dentistry
I am involved in: I am an exec member of CBCF YAC and CMHA. I am also currently working to develop an organization to promote physical literacy amongst children with disabilities and have done research in physiology.

My best first year tip is:  Don’t be afraid to ask professors and TAs questions, they may seem intimidating at first, but most are extremely willing to help!

A fun fact about me: I love watching cooking shows; however, I can hardly cook anything myself!

My best quality is: I am very positive and always try to make the most of a situation. I am also very good with time management as I make a schedule for just about everything - if you struggle with this I can help!
Molly C.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: St. Albert, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine, Law, Physiotherapy
I am involved in: I volunteer at the St. Albert Public Library and at the Sturgeon Hospital. I'm also involved with Science FUNdamentals on campus.  As well, I'm an Orientation faculty leader this year!

My best first year tip is: Make a to-do list at the start of each week to stay on top of your school work!
A fun fact about me:  I could watch the Food Network all day, everyday.

My best quality is: My ability to persevere and work through challenges.
Neha D.

 
Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: DR, Congo
Professional Interest: Medicine, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
 
I am involved in: I am involved in the UAlberta Ambassadors Program, Faculty Leader for Week of Welcome, Welcome Ambassador and Senior Peer for International Student Services and a volunteer for ISSS.

My best first year tip is: Make friends in your classes so you always have someone to rely on incase you miss a class. My second tip is to not spend money on buying textbooks before the lecture starts as you may not need it.
A fun fact about me: I love Bollywood dancing and traveling. So far I have visited 10 different countries and I have grown up in 3 countries so I have a ton of stories to share.

My best quality is: I am a good listener and always willing to help with anything. I am open-minded so am always willing to hear new ideas. 
Paige S.


Program:Cellbiology
Hometown: St. Albert, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine
I am involved in: I am a part of the UofA Rotaract Club, Orientation, and UA WiSE. I used to work in a neuroscience lab at UofA and I run half marathons! I also love Italian food, traveling, and playing piano!

My best first year tip is: Do not procrastinate! We've all been there, but believe me when I tell you that you will regret leaving all of your studying for your Biology 108 midterm to the night before!

A fun fact about me: I like video games, skiing, and downhill mountain biking!
My best quality is: My Determination! No matter what is between me and my goals I will persevere and fight to get to what's on the other side. All things worth doing require hard work!

Prachi S.

Program: Physiology and Developmental Biology 
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am on the executive team for PMSA and am a contributor to The Gateway. I also volunteer weekly at a local Edmonton hospital.

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!
Rebecca P.
Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Professional Interest: Graduate Studies
I am involved in: Outside of working and studying, I like to spend my time volunteering at the E.H Strickland Entomological Museum where I get to data base beetle specimens from all over the world.

My best first year tip is: There is no such thing as an easy A! Every class requires effort in order to do well.
A fun fact about me: I like to collect old video games and consoles! Atari, NES, SNES, N64; I've got them all.

My best quality is: I'm very open-minded and love to try new things whenever I can. Especially when it comes to food!
Richa P.


Program: Physiology and Developmental Biology
Hometown: Calgary,  AB
Professional Interest: Medicine, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I volunteer with Arts for YoungSTARRS, Science Fundamentals and Kidney Foundation. As well as volunteer at the Northeast Community Health Center. I enjoy hiking, sketching and travelling.

My best first year tip is: Do not procrastinate and don't be afraid to ask your profs some questions. As well as get involved on and off campus, you need to have some fun as well. 
A fun fact about me:  I am good at baking and was the 2015 Schulich Leader Nominee.
My best quality is:  I am an excellent listener and trustworthy. You can talk to me about anything and I will not judge you at all.

Saher M. 

 

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
Professional Interest: Medicine, Dentistry, Law

I am involved in: Students Offering Support as a volunteer for a Registration Official, mentor, etc!

My best first year tip is: A perfect coffee, good night's sleep, and proper focus and hard work in the right direction, is all you need to get that 3.5 + GPA. Never hesitate to ask help from Prof to friends to even strangers.
A fun fact about me: I am a DIE-HARD Shah Rukh Khan fan (and duh, a bollywood fan too then). I'm Pakistani punjabi, born and raised in Saudi Arabia, lived the indian culture (thank you bollywood). Asian and Arab!   
My best quality is:  I'm a great problem solver and a great listener But best of all, I love to make people laugh and people say I have an amazing sense of humor. Let's believe them!

Sara O.

Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Edmoton, AB
Professional Interest: Medicine, Graduate Studies
 

I am involved in: Week of Welcome and Orientation, Alpha Psi sorority, Order of Omega, and of course, the Science Mentors program. I'm also currently doing part-time research in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine.

My best first year tip is: Though I could list so many, I'd say to not be afraid to put yourself out there and explore all the opportunities here, whether it's introducing yourself to someone new, or joining some clubs.
A fun fact about me: I'm an avid traveller. I recently just spent 6 months in Sweden doing a study abroad exchange. There was for sure some studying done, but definitely a lot of weekend trips around Europe as well.
My best quality is:  Probably my approachability and enthusiasm for everything. I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to school spirit, so I love getting new students excited and involved in such a great community here.
 Sameera H.

 
Program: Biochemistry
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies
 
I am involved in: I volunteer as a classroom presenter with Science Fundamentals and as an instructor with Edmonton’s MCNA. As for hobbies, I’m a huge sports fan and an avid reader who's always looking for book recs!

My best first year tip is: Explore all the resources the University has to offer, academic and otherwise. From the Decima Robinson Support Centre to the Peer Support Centre, there are so many people here to help!
A fun fact about me is: I’m a huge Vancouver Canucks fan and as such, I really don’t like the Oilers. You can imagine how fun the 2017 playoff season was for me…
My best quality is: I’m super reliable – if I’ve committed to doing something, you can be sure that I’ll get it done the best I can!
 Shane P.

 
Program: Mathematics
Hometown: Edmonton, AB 
Professional Interests: Data Science
 
I am involved in: Campus Food Bank, Student Health Committee
My best first year tip is: Get an agenda and use it
A fun fact about me is: I'm a classically trained violinist and took lessons for 12 years
My best quality is: I'm an active listener!

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. 
Shruti H.

Program: Physiology
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB
Professional Interests: Medicine, Pharmacy
I am involved in: During my first year I was involved with “The Gateway” magazine creating series called “Guess the...” featuring  pictures of university students. I was also a director with Arts For YoungStars club!
My best first year tip is: Explore campus and join clubs! Its the best way to enhance your social skills and expand your friend circle.
A fun fact about me is: I love to paint and I have seen every episode of friends at least 5 times. University was the first time in my life where I started wearing same coloured socks on both feet (weird, I know!).
My best quality is: I am very patient. I am also a great listener and I always aim to listen without judgement, trying my best to give non biased advice.
 Sydney H.

Program: Physiology and Developmental Biology
Hometown: La Glace, Alberta
Professional Interest:Graduate Studies
I am involved in: Peter Lougheed Leadership College, Ski&Snowboard Club, SCUBA Club, Gym, Heritage Barns of Flagstaff, playing on our farm.
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 love the outdoors!
My best quality is: I understand that life happens.
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!
 

Vidhi D.

Program: Physiology and Developmental Biology 
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB 
Professional Interests: Medicine, Graduate Studies
I am involved in: I am involved with undergraduate research in a lab that studies Prion diseases, and I am the Director of Academic Programming with the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society.

My best first year tip is: University is a big change from high school, especially if you are out of town like I am. But always remember to take care of yourself, both mentally and physically, and be healthy.
A fun fact about me is: I am an avid reader, and I will read almost any genre if I think the story will be exciting! Some of my favorite books are The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, and the entire Harry Potter series.
My best quality is: I am kind, a great listener, and easy to talk to. I am willing to help people with any problems they have, or listen to someone talk or rant about their problems because I know de-stressing it can be.
Pharmacology
Pharmacology

I am a DIE-HARD Shah Rukh Khan fan (and duh, a bollywood fan too then). I'm Pakistani punjabi, born and raised in Saudi Arabia, lived the indian culture (thank you bollywood). Asian and Arab!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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