FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT
Chantelle Young is graduating with an honours bachelor’s degree in Environment and Business with a minor in Speech Communication. Her dual-disciplinary degree fueled a growing excitement for people and technology. Having her ideas and creations inspire others in a meaningful capacity is what motivates her. In her first year, Young served as president of the University of Waterloo Toastmasters Club to help guide students to become fearless public speakers. This sparked a bigger vision of community empowerment at co-op placements including Microsoft, Ritual and Formlabs. Microsoft helped propel her true passion for working with both people and products as she helped lead campaigns and events that inspired youth to innovate. After convocation, Young is looking forward to starting her new journey at Spotify. She is grateful for Waterloo's community of open hearts that helped shape her future.
FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS
David Jiang-Gorsline is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Combinatorics and Optimization and Mathematical Finance with a minor in Speech Communication. Driven by his exploratory nature, Jiang-Gorsline switched into the co-op program during his first year to accumulate work experience. Over the next six work terms, he worked all over North America and Europe, holding vastly different positions in companies ranging from a highly-regulated international commercial bank to a newly-founded startup focusing on utilizing new technology. Outside of school and co-op, his interests revolve around people. Throughout his degree, Jiang-Gorsline took positions in a large variety of societies and clubs focusing on topics including academics, music, sports, fantasy stories, cooking and community building. Through his experiences, Jiang-Gorsline sought to empower his fellow students and focused his energy on establishing connections between people. Post-graduation, he will continue his education at the University of Southern California for a Master’s in Analytics.
Jenny Sun is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the Honours Computer Science co-op program with an option in Business. Passionate about supporting diversity within STEM, Sun joined the Women in Computer Science committee in her first year. While on the committee, Sun organized a number of career-building, networking and social events for undergrad female students in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. In her last few years at Waterloo, Sun challenged herself with new opportunities and joined the University of Waterloo’s Blueprint as a software developer mentor to build tech for non-profits and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab as an undergrad research assistant. Her research focused on exploring the anthropomorphism of conversational agents in casual settings. After graduation, Sun will be joining Facebook as a software engineer and hopes to continue promoting diversity within STEM.
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
Muzammil Taj is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Honours Science and Business, Biotechnology specialization, with a minor in Economics. Taj fully embraced student empowerment by becoming the vice-president of the Science and Business Students’ Association, sat on the Board of Directors of the Waterloo Science Endowment Fund, became the secretary of the Waterloo Space Society, as well as a teaching assistant for the Faculty of Science and strategy consultant at WatSolve. During his time as a co-op student, Taj presented cutting-edge technology trends on behalf of a startup accelerator and contributed to the province-wide marketing activities of the Ontario government. Most of all, Taj says he greatly appreciates the opportunity to have worked alongside the brilliant students and instructors of the Faculty of Science on both academic and extracurricular projects.
Samantha Fowler is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Honours Psychology (Science), with a minor in Biology. During her time at Waterloo, Fowler discovered her passion for education and talent for public speaking. Co-op jobs at TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator center and Let’s Talk Science led her to explore the power of communication to strengthen a community and embracing different ways of empowering people to connect with the world. Fowler was deeply ingrained in the University, participating with biology-supported learning groups, Science Outreach, the Science Ambassadors program and orientation week activities. In her final year, Fowler turned a long-time volunteer position into a contract at Campus Wellness, working as the peer health education coordinator to lead a team of volunteers to promote wellness across campus. This fall, Fowler will be pursuing a Master’s in Science Communication at Laurentian University.