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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February Opportunities Bulletin Brought to You by Project Sigma

Looking to kick off the new semester with new opportunities to get involved in? We have you  covered! Foundation for Student Science and Technology Journal Are a young researcher interested in publishing your work? Submit to the award-winning Journal of Student Science and Technology, a scholarly publication that peer reviews submissions and publishes original research and

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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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An Interview with Lorelei Baquiran, Youth Advocate & Undergraduate Researcher

Our first Spotlight of 2018 features Lorelei Baquiran, a fourth year Bachelor of Science (Honours) student at the University of Alberta. Lorelei has extensive leadership experience, and has served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Ainembabazi Children’s Project, and remains a Permanent Youth at Large for the Edmonton Youth Council Health and Wellness

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National Student Network: 2017 in Review

In 2017, we realized that we cannot predict where opportunities take us. With an open mind and fearless spirit, the National Student Network (NSN) team focused on promoting and growing the NSN beyond our online means. 2017 was a year filled with new experiences and a steep learning curve. We welcomed our newest RAP members:

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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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