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Natasha
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I am currently pursuing a bachelor of applied science with a major in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. On top of my major I also have a strong interest for molecular biology which has motivated me to take extra courses in biology and join the on campus synthetic biology team, iGEM. I first joined iGEM as part of the lab team which gave me valuable hands on experience working in a DNA synthesing lab and I am now Assistant Director of the team.

Through my program I have had the opportunity to do several work placements which have included working for the University of Waterloo in organizing labs and safety precautions in a new building, working in project management for a large generic pharmaceutical company, Apotex Inc., and working for an energy research lab at Natural Resources Canada. I am currently on my fourth placement, again at Apotex Inc., but now working as an engineering co-op student in anti-biotics production.

Although I didn’t have the opportunity to benefit from a formal mentor whilst I was in high school I have had the opportunity to lend my knowledge as a mentor on campus at the University of Waterloo as well as do a little bit of math tutoring during my senior year of high school. Through the campus’ Women in Engineering chapter I’ve mentored girls in the final year of high school who had been admitted into an engineering program (over email) as well as girls in the first year of the program. I have quite enjoyed the experiences and hope to help more students through the NSN initiative.

Throughout my high school and university careers I have participated in many extra curriculars including being yearbook editor, treasurer of the fashion show committee and on the Reach for the Top in high school and being a layout editor for the Iron Warrior (the University of Waterloo’s engineering paper).

Although I study engineering my interests span a wide spectrum of topics, I graduated from De La Salle high school in Ottawa which is a fully French arts high school where I had the opportunity to participate in their dance program. I pursue a lot of these other interests through many volunteering opportunities like ushering for dance events or even helping out during Toronto Fashion week!

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