Julia (Da Hye) Kim, Innovative Heart Researcher and Scientific Outreach Advocate

In our latest Spotlight, we’re proud to feature our National Young Leader mentor, Julia Kim. As a University of Toronto MSc candidate, Julia is studying proteins involved in heart disease to identify new treatments. Julia is an avid supporter of scientific outreach- she serves as an editorial board member with the STEM Fellowship Journal, and

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How to Prepare for Your Study/Work Abroad Trip

Going abroad to study and/or intern can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking at the same time. Careful planning can help avoid last-minute stress, and allow you to swiftly ease into the new environment. Below is a list of considerations for planning ahead for your journey. Paperwork: Immigration documents: visa, and other related forms. To obtain

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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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Spaced Repetition: How To Remember What You Studied Even After Your Exam

Many of you have likely completed at least one exam for the new school year. Now, take a minute and ask yourself: how much of what you studied for that exam do you actually still remember? Like many of my classmates, I often felt that I forgot almost everything I studied after handing in my

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How to Avoid a Citation Headache

One of the most useful tools for academic research and writing papers is a reference manager. As a disclaimer, if you have not manually generated a bibliography, learn the fundamental principles of references before using an assistant tool. This concept is similar to how students should learn arithmetic before using a calculator. What is a

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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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The Differences Between Studying in a Professional Program vs. a Bachelor’s

As it is June, many professional degree programs (Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy etc.) have now released offers of admission for their incoming class. As an incoming 2nd year medical student at UBC, one of the most common questions I get from students who were recently accepted or plan on applying to

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Mackenzie Huckvale: Star Athlete, Keen Debater & Mental Health Advocate

In our latest Spotlight, we are featuring Mackenzie Huckvale, an accomplished grade 11 student leader at Ottawa’s Bell High School. In addition to serving as the President of the Dare to Dream Mental Health Club, Mackenzie is on the Bell High School Executive Council, and captains the varsity basketball team, while playing on the touch

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An Interview with Farhad Udwadia, Budding Bioethicist & Mentorship Advocate

Our March Leader in the Spotlight features Farhad Udwadia, a BA Economics graduate from McGill University, and a current Master of Bioethics student at Harvard Medical School. Farhad is a co-founder and executive director of AdviseMe!, a mentorship program at McGill, serves as a community organizer for the Neurofibromatosis Society of Ontario, volunteers for SocialSport,

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Tips to Support a Friend through Hardship

In the midst of the winter semester– with its flurry of midterms to study for, papers to write, assignments to complete, extracurricular projects to execute, work commitments, and for graduating students, the additional pressure of interviews and applications– it can be easy for students to stumble, especially when overwhelmed by an acute stressor. For those

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