Welcome to the UBC Women in Science Home Page!

The UBC Women in Science Club was founded to provide support for female undergraduates in Science fields. Our club has 3 pillars: Mentorship, Building Community, and Connecting People. Our club offers many events throughout the school year, including networking events with alumni, professional development workshops, and social events. We also offer an ongoing mentorship program. We envision that mentorship and networking relationships between professional women in various science fields and current undergraduate students will help those students through common challenges that arise for women pursuing careers in science.

Please explore our website for up-to-date information about our events and mentorship program. For professional development opportunities and other relevant information, check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/ubcwomeninscience.

Email us at ubcwis@gmail.com or use the “Contact Us” form to be added to our mailing list.

 
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CLUB OFFICE 

AMS Nest, Room 4303

Office Hours: By Appointment. Please contact us by e-mail. 

E-MAIL 

ubcwis@gmail.com

Note: For detailed inquiries on the mentorship program, please contact ubcwismentorship@gmail.com 

 FACEBOOK  

Click Here: UBC Women in Science

INSTAGRAM & TWITTER   

@ubcwomeninsci

 

Have any questions, concerns, or suggestions? We’d love to hear them. Also, let us know if you’d like to be added to our e-mailing list so we can keep you updated.

Get Involved

We are now taking applications for our 2017-2018 Events Sub-committee! Applications close on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Please see the following document for more information about the role and instructions on how to apply. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at ubcwis@gmail.com.

Events

SEPTEMBER

 

Clubs Week

September 21st – 23rd, 11AM – PMval
Main floor of the AMS Nest, across Speakeasy

Come visit our booth to learn more about UBC Women in Science, hear about our events, and sign up for a membership! Memberships are $5 if you like our Facebook page, $6 otherwise. The executive team looks forward to meeting you!

 

OCTOBER

Meet-a-Mentor

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Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre

Come join us at our 2016-2017 kickoff event for the chance to meet like-minded students, connect with a mentor, and enjoy dinner and dessert. This event is mandatory for all members who wish to participate in this year’s mentorship program. RSVP on our Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1757651561140599

In order to participate in the mentorship program you MUST FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING APPLICATION FORM BY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEHsLkoIOvSnWmwHoQwck0ASeQIFIG4oTpICm40KRhJVyhMg/viewform?c=0&w=1

This event is 2$, and includes dinner.

*** 10 Integrated Science Points are provided for this event!

Lunch and Learn



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October 31st, 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Room 146 – ICICS/CS Building
2366 Main Mall

Come enjoy a free lunch and an informative lecture session about relevant issues in Computer Science. You are encouraged to attend this event even if you are not a Computer Science student! There will be 2-3 mentors in the field present.

In order to attend, please register with your CWL at the following link:

https://my.cs.ubc.ca/event/2016/10/women-science-lunch-learn

 

NOVEMBER

 

Professional Development Workshop


November 15th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
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A workshop style event where we will go over some of the “soft skills” necessary in a profession, such as interview skills, resume writing, and professional image on social media.

Guest Speaker: Katya Sen
Katya Sen is a 5th year Sauder student and a former Career Fundamentals Teaching Assistant. She has mentored over 100 students in effective strategies for networking, interviewing, and writing resumes and cover letters.

We also have FREE PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS that you can use to boost your LinkedIn profile or for an awesome profile picture. Dinner will be provided. All genders welcome.

RSVP for this event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1224362694291180/

Schedule:
6:00-6:30: Professional headshots, dinner, and mingling
6:30-8:00: Professional development workshop

 

JANUARY

Mentor Check-In


January 5th
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A casual, fun event where you can chat with your mentor and connect with other students. Also a great opportunity to network with any mentors that you may have not been able to meet at our Meet-a-Mentor event!

 

Research Lab Tours


January 19th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Building Room 102, 2360 East Mall

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Get a chance to tour a research laboratory and learn about some of the research happening at UBC!

This year we gave students the opportunity to visit various labs in the Centre for Brain Health, Computer Science Building, and the Life Science Center, including:

The Haas Lab (Neuroscience)

The Doudet Lab (Parkinsons)

The Cote Lab (HIV & Retroviral Therapy)

The Computer Vision Lab (Human Pose Estimation, Scene Parsing, etc.)

The SPIN Lab (Human Perception)

The Hammond Lab

Previous students have been able to secure a research position after attending WiS’ lab tours!

FEBRUARY

 

Career Panel Night


February 15th, 2017
6PM – 8PM

Irving K. Barber Library, Room 157
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Come to Career Panel Night for a chance to hear from professionals about potential careers in your field. This a great chance to network and consider new areas of interest. Refreshments will be served.

This year we had several panelists including Dr. Marcia Graves and Dr. Kathryn Zeiler, PhDs and BIOL340 instructors, a Masters student in Evolutionary Biology, a Masters in Pathology, a UBC Dentistry student, and a PhD in Genetics.

 

MARCH

 

Extraordinary Women in Science Panel Discussion 

March 2nd, 2017
6PM – 8PM

Abdul Ladha Science Student Center

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UBC Women in Science is collaborating with UBC’s Microbiology & Immunology Student Association to host a panel discussion that brings extraordinary women in science together for a fireside chat about what it means to be a successful woman in the science sector. Join us for a night of enriching conversations, valuable networking, and career exploration!

You will have an opportunity to listen to speakers from various fields and professions, including academia, industry, and medicine. You will also be able to network with them and ask any questions you may have. Plus, there’ll be free food involved!

Stay tuned as we announce our speakers!

WHO: Everyone is welcome!
WHAT: Panel discussion and networking event where you can hear from and connect with women in various science-related fields and professions (i.e. academia, industry and medicine).
WHY: Women do fantastic work in science, but can sometimes be underrepresented (and overrepresented in other aspects). By engaging in conversation about how that impacts their careers, we can appreciate the great work that women (and men) do for science!

Everyone is welcome to attend this event; we feel that it’s important to have this conversation from all kinds of perspectives. We hope to see you there!

Annual General Meeting [Executive Elections] & Year-End Celebration

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

6:00PM – 8:30PM

Irving K. Barber Library, Room 155

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Come listen to candidates for the executive positions of

VP Administration and Treasurer!

This is also your chance to become more involved with WiS as an executive member. We will be hosting our Year-End celebration featuring food, drinkderp.jpgs, and cake!

 

Membership is 5$. If you are interested in applying to become one of these executive positions, please click the “Get Involved” tab.

 

Mentor Check-In (2)


Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

6:00PM – 7:30PM
Meet the Team

This event is exclusive to mentors and mentees paired at our October Meet-a-Mentor event this academic year. Mentors and Mentees will have a chance to check-in, provide anonymous feedback, and network with other mentors and mentees. Light refreshments will be provided!

 

 

Meet the Team

2017 – 2018

Chanpreet Mangat
President 

ChanpreetChanpreet is a 4th year biology student who fell in love with science at a very young age. When she’s not studying, you can find her dragging out her telescope at odd hours of the night, stringing words into poetry, and hiking at sunrise no matter the season. She also enjoys playing sports, loves to travel, and eats way too many nachos. Chanpreet is looking forward to leading the WiS team as we continue to grow and promote women empowerment in the UBC science community!

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Mannkiran Pandher
Treasurer

meMannkiran is a second-year student at UBC interested in psychology and neuroscience. This is her first year as a member of the executive team. During her first year at UBC, Mannkiran attended various events held by UBC Women in Science and was compelled to join the team after how much it helped her find her career aspirations. As so, she is excited to work with her fellow members this year to allow others to have the same experience. Outside of academics, she enjoys going to art galleries, watching films, reading, and playing video games.

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Michelle Huynh
Vice President Mentorship

Michelle HuynhMichelle is currently a student entering her third year at UBC, majoring in behavioural neuroscience. Apart from her studies, some of her interests include community involvement, music, writing, and trying out new food. She had a great experience being a part of WiS during the 2016-17 year as the Junior Executive of Mentorship. She is excited to return for another year to continue working with the team and its mentorship program as VP Mentorship!

 

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Ashini Dissanayake 
Vice President Administration

ash-body2Ashini is a second year Biochemistry student who is passionate about empowering women and excited to be starting her first year with the UBC Women in Science executive team. She has three years of research experience in a variety of fields (neuroscience, spinal cord injury, and immunology/pathology), is a volunteer at UBC Hospital, Residence Advisor at Ritsumeikan-UBC House, and Lifeguard/Swim Instructor for the City of Richmond. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, swimming, and hopes to someday travel the world!

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Jeanette Johnson
Vice President Internal

IMG_0928Jeanette is in her third year of a combined major in Microbiology & Immunology and Computer Science, and this is her second year on the WiS exec team. In the 2017-2018 school year she will be ditching class and working as a software engineer for a network security company through the co-op program. She loves trying new foods and listening to new music, and hopes to one day be the dog mom to a mild mannered yet fun loving Great Pyrenees.

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Madina Faqirzada
Vice President External

IMG_0015Madina is entering her third year of a combined major in Biology and Oceanography. When she is not cramming for exams, you will find Madina shooting hoops or practicing Muay Thai. This is her first year as a member of the executive team, and she is excited to take part in the empowerment of women in the field of science at UBC.

 

 

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Lauren Eggenberger
Vice President Events

Lauren Eggenberger is a second year intfullsizeoutput_f99egrated science major who is interested in integrating physiology and genetics. This is her second year with UBC Women in Science Club and her first year in the vice-president of events position. She wanted to become more involved with the club as she is passionate about supporting her fellow women in science. Born and raised in Yellowknife, North West Territories, she loves going on adventures in the outdoors on foot or by bike. In her free time Lauren likes to explore Vancouver on her bike as a member of the UBC Cycling Team, cuddle with animals while volunteering at animal shelters and loves to travel.

 

Thank you to last year’s executives:

 2016 – 2017

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President: Valerie Chu

Vice President Mentorship: Aninder Sarai

Junior Executive of Mentorship: Michelle Huynh

Vice President External: Vivian Tsang

Vice President Events: Jeanette Johnson

Treasurer: Minnie Huang

Vice President Administration: Jenny Lee

Vice President Internal: Chanpreet Mangat

Mentorship

OVERVIEW

The UBC Women in Science Mentoring Program is available to all Science female undergraduate students in all years of study in all departments. It provides a chance for students to connect with industry professionals who can provide advice and guidance in many areas. Throughout the academic year, students and mentors will have the opportunity to attend networking events, meet other like-minded students, and establish invaluable connections throughout their time in UBC Science and beyond.

Members of the UBC Women in Science Club have the opportunity to apply and be matched with a female Science academic, industry, or healthcare professional. These relationships will last through the academic year (September to March) and include commitments and responsibilities on the part of the mentor and mentee, including availability by phone and email, and willingness to meet three times over the course of the academic year.

We do our best to make matches based on preference(s) indicated in the application forms of both the mentor and student mentees. Matches are not always made based on program of study or interest, although we strive to find common area of interest.  See our pages below for more information!

WiS will also be hosting events around campus throughout the year that any female science undergraduate student can attend. Check out the events page featured on our site for details. You can also email us at ubcwis@gmail.com to stay connected, ubcwismentorship@gmail.com regarding any mentorship questions, or like our Facebook page!

Please note: If you are a female Computer Science student, please refer to your Department’s Tri-Mentoring Program here.

 

Mentors

UBC WiS Mentors 2016-2017

ANNA HUGHES

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Anna Hughes is a PhD student in the physics department at UBC, doing research on exoplanets and planet formation. She got her bachelor’s degree in physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2013, where she worked with data from the Kepler Space Telescope. She briefly conducted research in experimental particle physics during a summer internship at Duke University. Currently, she is working on data from the extended K2 mission – observations taken in a second phase of the Kepler Space Telescope.

 

BECCA ARCE

2I currently am in my 2nd year in the Entry-2-Practice Doctor Pharmacy and this will be my 5th year as a Thunderbird! When I’m not at school, you’ll find me either playing volleyball, eating like no tomorrow or climbing a mountain around BC. I also love travelling and have explored much of the Caribbean and tropics but my dream is to do a Europe trip! Despite all the wanderlust, Vancouver has always been my home and the hope is to stay here after graduation. Being accepted into the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has definitely been a dream-come true for me. I’ve aspired to become a pharmacist since I was in high school and there is so much opportunity in the faculty in both academic and extra-curricular arenas. I’m not going to lie though, school is can be tough but the greatest part of the whole experience thus far is reflecting back on the things I learned as a Biology undergraduate and how it helped to develop me into a better person and appreciate life now. The view from top is always the same for everyone but it’s the journey that truly is unforgettable!

BETH POWER

3Beth Power, M.Sc., R.P.Bio., CSAP

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Beth is a Registered Professional Biologist (BC College of Applied Biology) with over 25 years of consulting experience related to toxicology and risk assessment of contaminated sites.  She has a Masters degree in Zoology from the University of BC (Institute of Animal Resource Ecology, 1987) and completed training (1995-97) in dispute resolution and mediation from the Justice Institute of BC. Beth is appointed to the Roster of Approved Professionals in BC (for Risk Assessment, through the Contaminated Sites Approved Professional Society). She began her consulting career after graduation and progressed to senior management before departing in 2000 to work as an independent consultant in England for three years. Beth returned to Canada in 2003 and joined Azimuth as a Partner where she is now a lifer.

Beth’s current areas of practice include: contaminated water and sediments, risk assessment, mine closure, and risk communication.

BETHANIE GIANG

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I’m a second year medical student at the UBC MD Undergraduate Program. I did my Bachelor’s degree in Biology at UBC. I was involved in undergraduate research for 2 years in the Botany department. I am currently working on clinical research in paediatric plastic surgery and general surgery. I’m not sure what specialty I want to pursue in the future but am looking forward the clerkship.  When I’m not studying, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and friends. I love spending time hiking, wake boarding and hanging out in Tofino.

 

 

 

 

 

BIANCA CORLETT

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Bianca Corlett is a Registered Professional Biologist, environmental consultant, and corporate sustainability strategist who works at the intersection of science with business. Upon graduating with her B.Sc. in Environmental Science from UBC, she went on to pursue a M.Sc. in Ecology at Lund University (Sweden) and had the opportunity to travel across Europe and to Magascar, Borneo, and Iceland for field research programs. After graduating, she entered the environmental consulting industry and works with First Nations, government, resource, and industry clients on environmental assessment and consultation projects, along with coordinating the firm’s corporate sustainability strategy. Bianca’s next venture will be with TELUS, where she joins the sustainability strategy department in early October. She is also currently doing her part-time MBA at UBC, and will be graduating in April 2018. When she has some spare time she enjoys rowing, hiking, camping, cooking, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Next Gen Network, a peer mentorship community for young professionals in Vancouver.

DAPHNE CHEN

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Currently: 2nd year dental student @ UBC Dentistry
Academic background: BSc Microbiology & Immunology (2012-2015), DMD in progress (2019)
Interests: children’s access to dental care, personality psychology, mentorship, science, good skincare products
Hobbies: hiking and backpacking through the trails of BC, exercising my vocal cords both at karaoke and in the shower, designing my bullet journal as a creativity and productivity outlet, catching the next NBA game on TV
As a former president of the Women in Science Club at UBC, my wishes have always been to see the club’s mentorship program flourish and provide as many female science students with the support and resources to explore opportunities in the field of science, to create discussions about current obstacles, and to expand one’s professional network. I hope that as a mentor, I can not only provide exposure to the field of dentistry (and the life of a dental student), but inspire younger students to use their education to discover their passions and recognize their potentials.

EMESE LETA

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Hi, my name is Emese Leta. My name is pronounced “emma-sha,” but most people call me Eme! I am a 5th year UBC student and I am currently in my 2nd year of the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program. For the first three years of my degree I studied neuropharmacology and physiology within Integrated Sciences, and I transferred to pharmacy after my 3rd year. Throughout my time at UBC I’ve been involved with many different organizations including Rezlife, UBC Rec, UBC Sororities, and AMS Safewalk. Outside of UBC, I was involved in working with Saint Paul’s Hospital, the National Institute for the Blind and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. My future goals include being a clinical pharmacist working on a multidisciplinary treatment team in a hospital, optimizing drug treatment and recognizing drug induced problems, specifically in the field of neurology. I’m super excited to be a mentor as part of the WiS Mentorship Program. Feel free to reach out for chat, or let me know if you have any questions about anything at all. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

GRACE YI

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Grace is currently a second-year UBC medical student. She was a founding member of this club and mentorship program and is very excited to be a mentor again. Grace is as local as you can get, having grown up in Vancouver, graduating from UBC in 2015 with a BSc in Pharmacology, and now attending medical school (which is a blast, albeit busy). Outside of class, she is involved in clinical research at BC Children’s Hospital in the division of Otolaryngology, with past research experiences in the Dept. of Anesthesiology, BC Mental Health & Addictions Research Institute, and the iGEM competition.

What does she do in her spare time? Grace is the Senior Advertising Manager of the UBC Medical Journal and a member of the FIFEgirls, a women’s acapella singing group. She enjoys binge-watching Netflix shows, shopping, baking, eating, and tries to balance that by going to the gym, doing yoga, or swimming.

JENAH ALIBHAI

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Jenah Alibhai has just began her first year in the entry-to-Practice Pharm. D program at UBC and she also completed her BSc. in Biochemistry from UBC in 2015. She has deep-seeded passion for science and particularly research in drug optimization and development for various diseases. In particular, Jenah spent 3 years conducting an independent research project in the field of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Her research question primarily examined the effect of soluble hematological factors on inhibiting the interaction between a known MS drug (Interferon-Beta) and neutralizing antibodies. The project was highly successful and resulted in Jenah being awarded a $5000 studentship with the endMS society of Canada. Additionally, Jenah also worked on a research project at the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI) that dealt with the use of RSK-1 and RSK-2 inhibitors to hinder the growth of breast cancer cells. Jenah has also worked on a project with CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation). This project dealt with looking primarily at the development of research and intellectual property at various university campuses across Canada.

 

LISA RITLAND

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Lisa Ritland is a Research Coordinator in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Office of the Executive Associate Dean, Research, which aims to support and advance research and scholarship across the faculty. She is also a Master’s of Science student in the UBC School of Population and Public Health with a focus in social determinants of children’s health. In this capacity, Lisa assists with research activities at the UBC Human Early Learning Partnership related to a universal developmental monitoring platform for 18 month old children. Prior to beginning graduate studies, Lisa was a Project Researcher at the UBC eHealth Strategy Office, where she supported the research and implementation of an online mentorship health intervention for Aboriginal youth. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours History and International Relations from UBC. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and taking photos around the West Coast.

NADINE CHAN

11Nadine grew up in Manila, but later moved to Vancouver. She attended Sir Winston Churchill Secondary, a local high school in Vancouver. She went to UBC to pursue her undergraduate degree in Microbiology in Immunology, which she completed in 2016. During her time as an undergrad, she became involved with UBC Women in Science, the Science Undergraduate Society, and the Microbiology and Immunology Student Association. She is currently in her first year of dentistry at UBC. During her spare time, she tutors children with special needs, knits, and tends to her vegetable garden.

 

 

 

OLIVIA MCMILLAN

12I am a second year master’s student in the Zoology department here at UBC studying comparative animal physiology. Specifically, I am conducting research on the strategy that sharks, skates and rays use to excrete carbon dioxide. Before coming to UBC, I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria including an honours thesis on the effects of climate change on juvenile salmonid fishes.  I was also very involved in the biology co-op program at UVic where I completed 4 co-op work terms and gained experience in academia, government and industry. I then received an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship to come here to UBC. Since then I have been lucky enough to travel to conferences across Canada and the US, and even spent two weeks collecting shark and ray samples in the Gulf of Mexico! This winter I’m looking forward to a trip to Vietnam where I’ve been accepted into a field course on air-breathing fishes. Generally, I’m interested in many different aspects of animal biology, physiology and ecology but would really enjoy mentoring students in any field that are interested in seeing where science can take them!

SABRINA ABRAM

13Sabrina Abram is a PhD student in the Department of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University under the direction of Dr. Max Donelan. She completed her bachelor’s degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University. During that time, she was a NCAA Division I student-athlete, and captain of her university’s women’s soccer team. Recently, she was selected as a Vanier scholar, Canada’s top doctoral fellowship, in recognition of her potential as a leader in science and engineering. As a researcher, she is interested in understanding the fundamental principles that shape human movement. Specifically, she aims to investigate how humans are able to control high speed locomotion, and apply these strategies to help advance the field of robot locomotion from its current state of tentative low speed walking, to dynamic high speed running. Beyond research, Sabrina enjoys traveling and being outdoors—whether that be hiking and climbing in the summer, or skiing in the winter.

 

 

 

SALLY CHOI

14Hi everyone! My name is Sally and I’m currently a first-year medical student at UBC. I finished my 3rd year at UBC as a Pharmacology major before entering Medicine. I was originally born in Korea, but I spent the majority of my life in Vancouver. During undergrad, I was heavily involved in research, hospital volunteering, and first aid. In my spare time, I love exercising at the gym or trying out new restaurants.

Feel free to approach me if you want to learn more about UBC medicine, research awards, biochemistry research, Arthritis Research Centre, St. Paul’s hospital volunteering, and Emergency Medical Aid Team. Even if you’re not interested in any of the above, I’d be happy to mentor anyone who is unsure about their academic or career path. I was not originally interested in pharmacology or medicine before entering UBC and I spent a lot of time exploring different paths. I’d also love to chat about how to achieve a good work-study-life balance and how to stay happy and healthy with a busy schedule.

SARAH LOUADI

My name is Sarah Louadi and I am a graduate student in Experimental Medicine at UBC, going into my second year of my Master’s in the Cashman Laboratory in the Centre for Brain Health.  I am currently investigating the role of brain immune cells called microglia in Alzheimer’s disease, in the hope of improving our understanding of the role inflammation plays in neurodegeneration and enhancing potential therapeutics. I graduated in 2015 from UBC with a Bachelor degree in Integrated Science with a focus on Psychology, Immunology and Neurobiology, and I am grateful for the rich experiences I was exposed to around the world, from Tunisia, England and Vancouver.   If I am not in the lab, you will find me painting, belly dancing, reading, or promoting the UBC Mental Health Awareness Club, so whatever your interest, I would love to engage in a conversation with you.   Looking forward to meeting you all!

 

 

 

SHALISA HAGGARD

15Shalisa is a 2nd year pharmacy student here at UBC. Prior to applying for the pharmacy program, she completed 2 years of undergraduate science studies. She decided to pursue a career in pharmacy because of her passion for helping people and because she wanted to learn more about how drugs affect the human body. This decision was further solidified when she spent a summer working in a pharmacy and she saw the positive impact that a pharmacist can have on the lives of their patients. This being her 4th year at UBC overall, she understands the difficulty of deciding what you want to do with your life and knowing all the steps to get yourself there. She is excited about being a mentor and getting the opportunity to help young women discover what they are passionate about. When Shalisa isn’t studying, she enjoys hiking, baking and doing yoga. She also understands the importance of family so she tries to travel back home to Victoria as often as possible to watch her little brother play hockey and to help her little sister with her homework.
 

SHANDEL RIEDLINGER

16         Shandel is a second year UBC medical student. She is the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) representative for Reproductive and Sexual Health at UBC and the Team Lead for the India Spiti Health Project as a part of UBC’s Global Health Initiative. This past summer, Shandel travelled to the Spiti Valley in India to work at a remote boarding school in the Indian Himalayas.
Shandel obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from UBC in 2014. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in South America, including a field ecology course in Ecuador studying social spiders.
Prior to medical school, Shandel was a part of UBC’s Science Co-op and worked as a research assistant in the Department of Orthopedics at St. Paul’s Hospital and at BC Children’s Hospital Rheumatology Clinic. Shandel also worked at the BC Cancer Agency as the National Enrolment Coordinator for CancerChatCanada’s online support groups.
Shandel loves theatre and being on stage. She has been involved in theatre since she was 10 years old and continued her passion into university and medical school. Last year she acted in UBC’s MedPlay and this year she is one of the producers for the play.

 

 

Why become a mentor?

Your participation in this mentoring program will allow you to connect with and impact the next generation of women leaders in the field of science. Your role in this partnership will give you insight into current Science programs of study and the ideas that are inspiring today’s youth. Involvement in this program can also provide:

  • opportunities to share lessons learned, future goals
  • inspiration by enthusiastic future science leaders
  • increased understanding of the mentoring process and the role of being a mentor
  • increased understanding of the current UBC curriculum and the issues faces today’s female students

What is expected of you?

  • Meet with your mentee(s) at least two times over the course of the academic semester (September- December and January-April)
  • Attend two WIS events including mandatory attendance at the Meet-A-Mentor Event in September
  • Develop relationship objectives with your student mentee(s)
  • Be available by phone or email to your mentee(s)
  • Complete progress and exit surveys to keep the WIS team updated on your satisfaction with the program

How do I become a mentor?

Information on the 2017-2018 mentor application process coming soon.

What if I cannot commit to full -time mentorship, but still want to be involved?

We love your enthusiasm! Other mentoring opportunities that require a smaller time commitment are available for those unable to participate in the full WIS Mentoring Program. This includes presenting a talk at our lunch-time speaker series and our annual Women in Science and Engineering networking event. If you would like to stay updated on WIS events and possible mentoring opportunities, please contact us at ubcwis@gmail.com to receive our newsletter and event invitations! Our events section is also a great resource for details on upcoming events.

Mentor Resources

There will be several mentor training and professional development workshops coordinated by our club in conjunction with the UBC Mentorship Community of Practice. Please refer to our events section for current information.

Mentor and Mentee Handbook 2017-2018

Any other questions?

All questions pertaining to our membership program should be directed to ubcwismentorship@gmail.com.

Students

Students have the opportunity to apply to be matched with a female Science industry professional or simply participate in the numerous events WIS will host throughout the year. To enter into a relationship, students must become members of the UBC Women In Science Club at a charge of $5. Students who are not part of the mentorship program can attend our events and develop various other skills through club involvement, such as event planning and content writing for our newsletter. Membership is not required to attend the open events WIS will host on campus.

Why  join the UBC Women In Science Mentoring Program?

  • Establish a support network within the professional community that can be noted on your resume
  • Explore career options and how your degree can be molded to fit your career aspirations.
  • Learn how to create and meet career-related goals and how to build professional relationships.
  • Learn about the mentoring process and expectations, roles, and responsibilities of being a mentee

What’s expected of you?

  • Meet with your mentor at least three times over the course of the academic year (September- April)
  • Attend two WIS events, including mandatory attendance at the Kickoff Event in September
  • Be available by phone or email to your mentor
  • Complete entrance, progress, and exit surveys to keep the WIS team updated on your satisfaction with the program
  • Agree to and abide by the Mentoring Agreement and Code of Conduct, which you sign when you enter a Mentor- Mentee Relationship

Information regarding student applications for the 2017-2018 mentorship program coming soon.

Mentee Resources

Mentor and Mentee Handbook 2017-2018