Interview with Owain Ruttan, UBC Student-Athlete

Our October 2020 Spotlight features Owain Ruttan, a top UBC student-athlete. An accomplished varsity rugby player, Owain has represented Canada as a 2018 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy in Bucharest, Romania. Previously, as a Rugby Ontario Junior Blues player, he captained the under 17 and under 19 teams in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Presently, he is

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Interview with Briana Tang, Emerging Business Leader

Our August 2020 Spotlight features Briana Tang, a recent IB graduate from White Oaks Secondary School and soon-to-be economics student at Western University with conditional acceptance to the Ivey School of Business. Briana has an impressive array of business competition wins under her belt (First Place in the 24-Hour Case Competition & Deloitte Pitch Challenge

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Study Tips for First Year University Students

In a few short weeks you will be embarking on a new stage of your life as an undergraduate student. For many students, this transition can be terrifying, challenging and sometimes overwhelming. In addition to adjusting to a new environment and potentially new living situation, students will be faced with new educational demands and new

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Interview with Stephanie Totten, McGill MD/PhD Candidate

Our May Spotlight features Stephanie Totten, an accomplished MD/PhD candidate at McGill University and recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Frederick Banting and Charles Best Graduate Scholarship. Previously, she attained a Bachelor of Science in Life Science with a Specialization in Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology and a Master of Science in Experimental Medicine

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Remembering Mohammad Hossein and Zeynab Asadi Lari

Today, the National Student Network (NSN) lost two remarkable members of the NSN National Young Leaders (NYL) Mentorship team,  Mohammad Hossein Asadi Lari and Zeynab Asadi Lari, in the crash of the Ukraine International Airlines flight near Tehran, Iran.  Mohammad joined the NSN in 2015. He was instrumental in developing the NSN’s regional presence in

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Interview with Heran Zhao, Musical Sensation & Diversity Advocate

Our December 2019 Spotlight features Heran Zhao, a graduate of Hammarskjold High School in Thunder Bay. A highly accomplished individual, Heran has won the 2018 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, and played at Carnegie Hall, while advocating for diversity and multicultural within her community. She is currently starting a non-profit for youth musicians. In our

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Interview with Samuel Chan, Medical Student, on Medicine and Research

In our September 2019 edition of Leader in the Spotlight, we’re excited to feature our National Young Leader mentor, Samuel Chan.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science majoring in physiology and immunology at the University of Toronto, where he led UofT’s Stem Cell Club. Presently, Samuel is a 4th year medical student at the University

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10 Tips on Writing an Undergraduate Thesis

For undergraduate students, the opportunity to conduct research in an academic lab can be educationally beneficial and personally rewarding. Working on a thesis project can also help students figure out whether a career in research is something they’re interested in, while allowing them to gain valuable technical and critical thinking skills that will help them

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5 Commonly Asked Questions About Being a PhD Student

Unless you grew up in an academic family, most people have no idea what being a PhD student is actually like. Academia may not be for everyone, but whether you are a high school student or a 4th year undergraduate, here are some things you may not have known about pursuing a PhD degree. Money.

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Village People

I rarely share insights in this format; however, with my recent convocation, I was inspired to share my take on graduation. Village People is about the past, present, and future. It is about the people who have shaped who we are. I have been heavily influenced by my loving and supportive immigrant parents, whom I

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