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.



A huge thank you to our generous sponsors who help make many of our events possible!

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AMS Nest, Room 4303

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



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


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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 currently hiring for the WiS 2018-2019 executive team! We have two available positions: Vice President of Administration and Vice President of Mentorship. To apply, please email this completed form to ubcwis@gmail.com by Sunday, March 11th, 2018 at 5:00 pm: WiS Executive Application 2018-2019


Please note: You must be a WiS Member and attend our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 13th at 6pm in Irving 261 to run for an executive position. Membership can be purchased for $3 at the AGM. Please email us if you have any questions.



Clubs Week

September 19 – 20, 11AM – 3PMval
Main floor of the AMS Nest, across from Uppercase

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!



DesiChek (19)October 3rd, 6PM – 9PM
Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre

Come join us at our 2017-2018 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.

This event is 2$, and includes dinner.



Professional Development Workshop

November 14th, 6 PM – 9 PM

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.

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.


Career Panel Night


Irving K. Barber Library, Room 157

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.

Last 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.



Research Lab Tours

February 27th, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


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

Last 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!



International Women’s Day Banquet

March 8th, 6:30 PM – 9 PM

In collaboration with UBC’s Young Women in Business Club, WiS is a participant in UBC’s annual IWD banquet- the largest student-run International Women’s Day event in Vancouver. Come out to TELUS Gardens to celebrate women, hear from some high-profile keynote speakers, participate in a silent auction, speak to professionals during a panel discussion, and much more at this semi-formal event. Tickets are $17 for WiS members, $20 for other UBC students, or $30 for the general public. See the 2018 event page HERE for more information or click HERE to purchase a ticket.

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

March 13th, 6 PM – 8 PM

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Come listen to candidates for the executive positions of VP Administration and VP Mentorship!


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, drinks, and cake!

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

Mentor Check-In

March 15th, 6 PM – 9 PM
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

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!


Mannkiran Pandher

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.


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!



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!


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.


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.




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


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



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.



UBC WiS Mentors 2017-2018


Vivian TsangVivian Tsang is a medical student at the University of British Columbia hoping to specialize in public health and preventative medicine. She is recognized in Canada is a Schulich Scholar and is a forerunner in advocating for gender equality in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Through the past years, she has done research in a variety of areas including prostate cancer, sex and gender, and patient advocacy and has presented her findings at both local and international conferences. She founded and serves as current Director of the Humanitarian Organization for Providing Empowerment, a group that empowers students to work alongside marginalized community groups through mutual aid and interpersonal humanitarianism. She chairs the “Dream It Be It” girls program at Soroptimist International of Vancouver and was a Western Canada winner of the Violet Richardson Award for her work with women and girls. Vivian is also heavily involved in paediatric patient advocacy through her position as Team Lead of KidsCan at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. She also sits on the International Children’s Advisory Network Board of Directors, an advisory group that collaborates with researchers and clinicians around the world to improve paediatric research. For her work, she won the City of Vancouver Award of Excellence, UBC’s Premier and Wesbrook Scholarship, and was nominated as a YWCA Young Women of Distinction. Vivian is a WE Day speaker, TEDx presenter, and represented Canada in 2017 as one of eight young people selected in Canada for the WE are Canada150 Campaign. Vivian hopes to dedicate her life to improving healthcare accessibility and reducing social inequalities for vulnerable population groups.



Beth Power

M.Sc., R.P.Bio., CSAP

Azimuth Consulting Group Partnership

Beth is a Registered Professional Biologist in BC with over 27 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. Beth is appointed to the Roster of Approved Professionals in BC (for Risk Assessment, through the Contaminated Sites Approved Professional Society). Since 2003 she has been a Partner at a niche consulting firm, Azimuth Consulting Group. Beth’s practice sits at the interface between site owners, managers, developers, the regulatory community, engineers, lawyers and First Nations community members. She focuses on environmental risk assessment, management, and risk communication.


Crystal KarakochukI am an Assistant Professor in Human Nutrition, in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Health at UBC and an Investigator in Healthy Starts at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. My broad research interests include: maternal and child health, micronutrients, and global health. I am specifically interested in hemoglobin, iron and zinc biomarkers, the effect of inflammation on nutrition biomarkers, and genetic hemoglobinopathies and blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell, thalassemia). I have worked as a Clinical Dietitian at the BC Children’s Hospital, as a Dietitian Manager for Pregnancy Outreach Programs in BC, and as a Regional Nutritionist for the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Programs in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. I have also worked internationally as a Nutritionist for the UN World Food Programme (Rwanda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Italy HQ) and UNICEF (New York HQ, Timor-Leste) in humanitarian aid, operations research, and nutrition programming.



Celina BergThis will be my third year as an Instructor at UBC, where I teach for the Computer Science Department and Vantage College.  Before coming to UBC as a post-doc at the University of Victoria (UVic) I taught a range of undergraduate CS courses at all levels.  Here at UBC, I have taught largely first year courses including the infamous CPSC 110 as well as intro to programming for Applied Science Students (APSC 160).  This coming year I will be branching out and teaching a second-year systems course (CPSC 213). I LOVE living in Vancouver and especially on UBC campus – I run in Pacific Spirit Park every morning with my dog (who I can never keep up with), I attend as many Thunderbird sporting events as I can and I even venture downtown once in a while to support Vancouver’s teams… Canucks, Lions, Whitecaps… When teaching at UVic, the much smaller campus allowed me to get to know many students and to understand both their academic and personal challenges.  It is this connection with students that I believe helped me to develop as teacher.  In 2016 I spent my first year as the Professor in Residence for Orchard Commons and I will continue this year. I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know so many great UBC students through this program!



Sabrina AbramSabrina 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. She is a mentor for both UBC Women in Science and Canadian STEM Science Expo. As a researcher, she is interested in understanding the fundamental principles of 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 rock climbing in the summer, or skiing in the winter.


Bianca CorlettBianca has a varied background in consulting, sustainability, project management, and research, and spent the majority of her career delivering project-based environmental and planning services to government, First Nations, resource, and industry clients. She is now a Senior Environmental Advisor at TELUS focusing on national sustainability programs, environmental risk, and socially responsible business. Bianca is also part of the Sauder Consulting Group providing management and strategy consulting services to small and medium sized businesses. Through her B.Sc., M.Sc., and MBA studies Bianca has traveled extensively and lived, worked, studied and/or researched in Canada, Sweden, Madagascar, Iceland, Borneo, Mexico, and China. She co-founded and sits on the Board of Directors for the Next Gen Network, a peer mentorship community for career-motivated high potential leaders in every field. Bianca also won the Emerging Environmental Professional Award in 2016 from the Environmental Managers Association of BC, and was chosen as a delegate for the Leading Change conference through GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business. Always happy to chat about sustainability, environmental science, consulting, work + study travel, grad school, and mentorship!



Shandel RiedlingerShandel is a third year UBC medical student. Before medical school, she completed a BSc. in biology with a psychology minor from UBC. She was a part of UBC’s Science Co-op in undergrad and worked as a research assistant in orthopedics and pediatric rheumatology. Shandel also had the opportunity to study abroad in India, Peru and Ecuador, including a field ecology course researching social spiders. Shandel loves theatre and being on stage, as well as trying new restaurants and binge watching Game of Thrones.



Jennifer SalokannelI moved to Vancouver in 2015 to pursue the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program at UBC, but I was born and raised in the small, northern community of Fort St. James. As a graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia’s Health Sciences program, with its northern focus and my childhood, I have a personal understanding of the challenges facing Northern BC and the realities of limited healthcare. As a future graduate of UBC’s Pharmacy Program, I hope to increase access to accurate health information and care in small, isolated towns and First Nation communities. I am dedicated to helping people and passionate about the fascinating possibilities to improve quality of life through pharmaceutical sciences. I am especially interested in the areas of mental health, counselling, and education. Previous work experience includes university research assistant, crisis line phone worker, swimming instructor, Summer University for Northern Youth science instructor, and federal historic site interpreter. I have also volunteered my time as a tutor, mentor, and newspaper columnist. When I am not busy with course work I enjoy reading, art (painting and drawing), target shooting (archery and .22), hiking, camping, gardening, or working on the family woodlot and farm.


Amanda BakkumAmanda is a PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. She is currently working in the Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab under the supervision of Dr. Dan Marigold. Amanda completed her undergraduate degree, with honours in Biokinetics, at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. She received a full athletic scholarship and captained her University Netball team during this time. Following her honours degree, Amanda worked as a rehabilitation specialist where she gained a great appreciation for the resilience of the human body. She later moved to the coast where she completed her Master’s degree, with distinction, at the University of Cape Town. During this time, she worked as a clinical educator for aspiring Biokineticists and developed a passion for mentoring young people. Amanda has since moved to Vancouver, with her dog, Dudley, to pursue her academic career aspirations. Combining her love for sport and admiration of the human body, her chosen field of research is sensorimotor control and learning, where she investigates the factors that affect how the human body adapts to our environment, to gain a better understanding of how the brain learns. Outside of research, Amanda enjoys socializing, being outdoors and traveling.



Anna HughesAnna Hughes is a 2nd year PhD student of astrophysics at UBC, doing research on space weather around ultracool stars and exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system). She has a Master’s degree (also from UBC) in astronomy, specializing in planet formation. As an undergraduate physics major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute she did research searching for planets around two-star solar systems and even dabbled in particle physics at Duke University. When she isn’t looking for aliens, you can find Anna snowboarding in Whistler, training Krav Maga in the dojo, or spending time with her family back home in Philadelphia.


Becca ArceI am currently in my 6th year as a student at UBC and 3rd year of UBC’s E2P PharmD program. Before pharmacy, I had completed 3 years in the BSc program while majoring in Biology – mainly because I love animals (particularly dogs)! Once in pharmacy, I became involved in many aspects of the faculty including: Peer Mentorship, Pharmacy Undergraduate Society and Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Additionally, I have been an active member of a Shopper Drugs Mart pharmacy team a number of years. My role in mentorship programs started in high school and continued all the way until now! I have first hand experienced the benefits of mentorship relationships from both sides of the fence and really enjoy providing support and helping others reach their goals. The things I like to do besides studying pharmacy include: playing volleyball, hiking the scenic mountains of British Columbia and travelling the world to experience other cultures.



Daphne ChenCurrently: 3rd year dental student at UBC Dentistry
Academic background: BSc Microbiology & Immunology (2012-2015), DMD 2019 Candidate
Interests & Hobbies: When I’m not busy examining people’s teeth and gums, you can probably find me curled up with a book, exploring one of the many beautiful trails that BC offers, or looking for the next go-to brunch spot in Vancouver. I have been involved with the UBC Women in Science Club since its infancy, as a former executive member, President, and now returning mentor. My passion for mentorship and female empowerment runs deep because as a previous mentee of the program, I was able to meet an amazing dentist who gave me tremendous support, guidance, and advice during my dental school application process. I hope to provide exposure to the field of dentistry (and the life of a dental student) but also be the “big sister” for current undergraduate students who may be trying to figure out their own passions.



Nayantara DuttachoudhuryMy name is Nayantara. I am a Program Manager @ Microsoft in the O365 Protect Team. Prior to this I was a Software Engineer in the Azure SQL DB team. Before my Microsoft journey started, I was a MS student at UBC specializing in Database Management and Visualization. During my time in UBC, I started my first company – Structured Reports  which aimed to bring transparency in the Real Estate market. Unfortunately Structured Reports did not work out due to legal issues in the domain. But I had gotten my first taste of the startup world and I loved it! During my 1st year in Microsoft, I noticed the lack of women in the field of Technology. I created Chic Techies which was a platform for women in technology to connect with each other. CT got amazing responses and validated the need for a similar platform in the industry. But soon I got extremely stretched for time and CT had to take a back seat. Now instead of building my own organization, I volunteer at existing organizations to help them get more women in tech. Beyond work, I am an avid reader and coffee connoisseur! On days when the sun is out, I go hiking and camping with my friends.


Nadine ChanNadine 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 second year of dentistry at UBC. During her spare time, she tutors children with special needs, knits, and tends to her vegetable garden.



Maj Oerum-MadsenMaj Sofie Oerum-Madsen is a PhD candidate shared by Dr. Daugaard’s lab at University of British Columbia and Dr. Salanti’s lab at University of Copenhagen. She holds a four-year fellowship awarded by the Experimental Medicine PhD program, UBC. Since early on in her career, Maj focuses on translational cancer research: initially by discovering that high serum levels of TIMP-1 can predict benefit of anti-EGFR treatment in KRAS mutated patients that would otherwise have been deprived the treatment. Her current research innovatively bridges malaria and cancer biology given that it is based on that the malaria protein, VAR2CSA, can detect a malignancy specific sugar modification (oncofetal chondroitin sulfate, ofCS). Specifically, this sat her mind to investigate the underlying mechanisms for how cancer cells reconfigure their glycome towards expressing this unique sugar. Moreover, she is determined to understand the functional impact of ofCS in cancer cell metastasis. Following these ambitious studies, she currently works towards developing novel therapeutics based on the VAR2CSA-technology to combat cancer. Maj lives in Vancouver, BC and together with her better half Peter J. Gray, they spend most of their free time building a home in the wilderness of Gambier island.



Jia WangBSc, PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Gold

Jia completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree at UBC in the department of Microbiology and Immunology where she developed a passion for immunology. Pursuing her research interests as a PhD student in the M&I graduate program has been a thrilling experience, giving her the opportunity to develop advanced imaging techniques in her research on cytoskeletal remodeling during B cell activation. Alongside her scientific pursuits, Jia is also passionate about academic teaching and training the next generation of young scientists. She can be found giving interactive guest lectures in undergraduate immunology and cell biology classes. She hopes to encourage more bright minds to develop an ardor for research so that they can experience for themselves the exhilarating excitement of discovery. Jia is completing her PhD soon and will move on to a post-doctoral fellow position where she will continue her research on immune cell activation.



Sarah FortuneSarah Fortune is a PhD candidate in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia and a Guest Student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the Biology Department. She works closely with researchers from government (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) as well as industry (LGL Limited and VDOS Global LLC) and is seeking to understand how future changes in environmental conditions may affect the energy balance of Eastern Canada-West Greenland bowhead whales. Sarah uses a multi-technology approach (drones, biologging and prey sampling) to understand how bowhead whales are making a living under current environmental conditions in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. Sarah previously worked for the North Atlantic Right Whale Habitat Program at the Center for Coastal Studies where she studied the foraging ecology of right whales in Cape Cod Bay. She completed her Master’s research at UBC on the growth and energetics of North Atlantic Right Whales, and studied marine mammal energetics as a Research Assistant in the Marine Mammal Research Unit (Canadian Fisheries Research Network).


Marcia Graves

Marcia completed her PhD in 2008 in the Cell and Developmental Biology Program at UBC in the lab of Dr. Calvin Roskelley where she studied breast epithelial morphogenesis and the role of a transmembrane protein, podocalyxin, and its effects on cell polarity, adhesion and motility during breast tumour progression. As a post-doctoral fellow, Marcia worked under the supervision of Drs. Michael Gold, Linda Matsuuchi and Cal Roskelley where she had the unique opportunity to work part-time at the bench while committing a large part of her time training and providing mentorship to the lab personnel across the three labs. During this time she also held a post-doctoral teaching fellowship at UBC and taught both introductory and advanced cell biology courses at the first and fourth year level. She now works as an Instructor in the Microbiology and Immunology Undergraduate Program at UBC, and is currently a Mentor for students in the Integrated science program and Supervises Graduate students conducting research in the Public Scholars Program for Teaching and Learning.


Ruzzelle GasmenRuzzelle is an MSc student currently studying Speech-Language Pathology at UBC. Initially in Behavioural Neurosciences, she transferred to complete her undergraduate studies in Speech Sciences, combining her interests of Psychology and Linguistics. Ruzzelle was the Professional Outreach Co-ordinator for UBC’s Speech and Linguistics Student Association, connecting working professionals to undergraduate students to help them explore potential career options. She was also a Social Skills Group Instructor helping children with social communication challenges with their language and behaviour and is currently a Senior Behaviour Interventionist supporting children with autism on their development. In her spare time, she plays field hockey as a goalie and trains for half-marathons throughout the year. Having been a mentee in the YWCA Mentorship Program in high school and the UBC Arts Tri-Mentoring Program in her undergraduate degree, Ruzzelle hopes to provide the same meaningful learning experience that has benefited her to other students as a Women in Science mentor.


Elisa BaniassadDr. Elisa Baniassad is an instructor in the department of computer science.  She did her PhD here at UBC under the supervision of now Vice President Gail Murphy.  After graduation, she went to Trinity College Dublin on a NSERC Post Doctoral Fellowship, and then was an Assistant Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and then a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University.  Elisa works and teaches in the area of Software Engineering, and does research in pedagogy, and approaches to teaching software engineering concepts in large university-level classes.



Bethanie BerendsI’m a third 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.



Grace YiI’m Grace Yi, a 3rd year UBC medical student! I helped found this club in my undergrad years at UBC (Major in Pharmacology) and have been a proud mentor for the last few years. Mentorship is near and dear to my heart, and I take part in the Medicine mentorship program. I have been the Advertising Manager for the UBC Medical Journal, organized the Faculty of Medicine online shop at the Bookstore, sung in the women’s acapella group “FIFEgirls”, and am now the Events Coordinator for the Federation of Medical Women of Canada Club at UBC. My research experience includes basic science and clinical, in a variety of fields. When I’m not at the hospital or in lectures, I like to bake pastries (and recently bread!), indulge in good food or dessert, curate my wardrobe, watch Netflix, experiment with makeup, and read novels. I’d love to meet you.


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 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

Mentee Resources

Mentee Application Form 2017-2018

Mentor and Mentee Handbook 2017-2018