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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B.Sc – Beyond Science Courses: What to do after graduation?

You’re graduating with your Bachelor of Science. Now what? On the 1st day at UBC in my 1st year biology class, the professor posed the question “Who is here wanting to go to medical, pharmacy or dental school?”. Almost the entire class put up their hands. Four years later, the graduating class had one of

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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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Scholarly Writing for High School Students: Bridging the Gap through STEM Fellowship

Written by Mohammad Hossein Asadi Lari, Michelle Chung & Varun Kundra If you are a high school student who is interested in taking that extra step in science or writing, this article is for you. At STEM Fellowship, we have developed an initiative, the Scholarly Writing Challenge, specifically to get you engaged in scholarly writing. What

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Sirisha Valupadas, Debate Phenom & Business Enthusiast

Our June Leader in the Spotlight features Sirisha Valupadas, accomplished debater and recent University of Alberta graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biological Science and minoring in Political Science. Over the years, Sirisha has won 8 gold medals, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals in various Alberta Debate and Speech Association tournaments.

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5 Things Every Science Student Should Know

Welcome to university! Over the next few years, you will be exploring your interests, developing critical skills and learning about fascinating topics, and more importantly, becoming the best version of yourself. With the plethora of opportunities at your fingertips, students can be overwhelmed. To prevent this from occurring, here are five things every new science

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How to Make the Most of Your Science Degree

September brings a clean slate to achieve our goals, whether they are geared towards academics, personal and professional development, or extracurriculars. Make the most of your science degree with tips from four of our National Young Leaders! Good luck! 1. Take non-science courses.  My advice to a new science student is to create breadth in your

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Digging Deeper: An Interview with Paleontologist, Dr. Michael Caldwell

“There’s something about paleontology that makes people’s imaginations come afire,”  says Dr. Michael Caldwell, renowned paleontologist and chair of the biology department at the University of Alberta. Any child who went through a dinosaur phase (or never left it) can speak to the allure of ancient beasts and old bones. As a well-known researcher, focused

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All the Right Questions: an Interview with Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour on Women in Science, Diversity and Life

According to Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, a distinguished chemist and the Associate Dean of Science, Diversity at the University of Alberta, there are many traits that make a good scientist—but the fundamental one is curiosity. “The basic curiosity is what starts everyone off,” she says, “How do things work? And leading from that is how to recognize the questions that need to

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