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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How to Prepare for Academic Conferences

Following up on David’s great article on why you should attend conferences, I will be focusing on how to choose which conferences to attend and how to prepare for them. If you are hoping to go to a conference, first discuss with your supervisor about which ones they think are appropriate. If they give you

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David He, Science Star & Music Enthusiast

Our July 2018 Spotlight features David He, an avid undergraduate researcher, and a University of Alberta undergraduate student pursuing a BSc in cell biology. Previously, David won the Alberta Regional Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge, and won a gold medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair. Beyond science and academics, David also plays the piano and the

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Hands-on STEM Education: An Interview with the McGill iGEM Team

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is an annual synthetic biology event that brings together teams from around the world to showcase innovative genetically engineered systems. Recently, we interviewed McGill University’s iGEM representatives, which comprise Liem Dam, Sarah Wu, Frank Zhang, Xinwen Zhu, Alex Paun, Peter Zacharidis, Chris Rafiaa, Emma Jameson, and Michael Byun.

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Why You Should Attend Academic Conferences

The word “research” often conjures up many different images in people’s minds – a scientist in a white lab coat and goggles carefully holding a test tube and a beaker, a caffeinated and sleep-deprived student hunched over in front of a computer, or an adventurous scientist in a hard hat and high-visibility jacket sampling the

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An Interview with Niki Oveisi, UBC Science Leader

Our October Leader in the Spotlight features Niki Oveisi, a UBC Honours Biology student who is a driven leader in the community. In addition to co-founding the Smiles Without Limits Foundation, Niki serves as an editor for the STEM Fellowship Journal, and Managing Director of External Communications and Chair Member for the World Awareness Initiative,

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Tackling New Year’s Resolutions with Exceptional Canadian Youth

January is a time of optimism- we clarify our goals, renew our desire for learning and further our evolution to our best selves. At the NSN, we believe that resolutions can provide the framework for the changes we aspire to. So, in the spirit of self-improvement, we asked some of our National Young Leader mentors and

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Mohammad Hossein Asadi Lari, STEM Advocate & Research Superstar

Our October Leader in the Spotlight is Mohammad Hossein Asadi Lari, an accomplished third year student in the Honours Cellular, Anatomical, and Physiological Sciences program at UBC. Through various initiatives, Mohammad shares his passion for science and research. Mohammad is a founding member of the STEM Fellowship, a youth-run non-profit organization that aims to enhance

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How to Prepare for Law School During Your Undergrad

Throughout my first year of law school, I noticed how different it was from my undergrad in the arts and realized that I would have benefited from earlier preparation in a few key areas. If you are interested in attending law school, you can prepare by working on certain skills in your undergrad. While some

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