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Faculty of Science Graduate Ambassadors

The Faculty of Science Graduate Ambassador Program is designed to connect prospective graduate students with current students. Each Department and School has at least one grad ambassador.

Science Grad Ambassador can help with:

  • questions from incoming graduate students,
  • provide campus tours,
  • event and promotional support.

Each Graduate Ambassador comes to the program with an array of backgrounds including experience, culture and education. They are available to answer questions from international applications, to life in Waterloo, to research opportunities, and so much more.

All ambassadors are available through the email below and would love to answer any inquiries that incoming students may have and can provide campus tours.

Connect with a Science Grad Ambassador by emailing,


Heather headshotHEATHER
Program: PhD, Earth Sciences

Why I chose Waterloo: I came to Waterloo for my Master's for the hydrogeology program and stayed for my PhD because isotopes and geochemistry are more fun. I get to do research that helps in cleaning up inorganic contamination in the environment.

Bio: I am originally from Alberta, so I have an idea of what it is like to move to a new city where you can't hop on a bus to see your family on the long weekend.

My research: My supervisor is Prof. David Blowes and I'm developing diagnostic tools to determine whether a remediation system is working properly, preferably in a more cost effective, accurate, or efficient manner. These tools could also be used to assess a field site in order to plan for remediation.

Iwona headshotIWONA
Program: MSc, Earth Sciences (Collaborative Water specialization)

Why I chose Waterloo: I wanted to pursue my graduate degree at the University of Waterloo because of its strong research programs and industry connections, renowned faculty members, and global recognition. I was also very excited to have the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary project with experts from many different fields.

My research: Under the supervision of Prof. David Rudolph, my research focuses on the role of macroporosity in the mobility of nutrients and greenhouse gases in agricultural soils. My project is part of the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP) which is a joint effort between several universities and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Mariko headshotMARIKO, OD
Program: MSc, Vision Science OR accelerated OD/Master's degree

Why I chose Waterloo: The University of Waterloo offered me the unique opportunity to complete a joint OD/MSc program, which I decided to pursue after enjoying my work as a research assistant.

Bio: I am from Mississauga, Ontario and came to the University of Waterloo in 2010. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Honours Science and Doctor of Optometry degree before going on to work on my Master of Science in Vision Science in 2017. I am working on my Masters Degree full time, but work as an optometrist on the weekends. In my (limited) free time I enjoy watching superhero movies, salsa dancing and listening to podcasts.

My research: I'm validating a new dynamic eye chart developed in Dr. Kristine Dalton's Vision & Motor Performance Lab. Current eye test use static letters on a chart whereas the new dynamic eye test will have moving letters. My research involves validating the new chart as well as collecting preliminary population data on how target speed, size, contrast and colour influence how we see moving objects.

Monica headshotMONICA
Program: PhD, Pharmacy

Why I chose Waterloo: I chose UW Science is because of the impressive research reputation of the University of Waterloo.

Bio: I completed my undergrad at McMaster University, then studied abroad at the University of Sydney, Australia for a year and then moved to the University of Waterloo to complete my graduate degree. Grad school has given me the opportunity to publish, attend international conferences and be a part of cutting edge research.

My research: Alongside my amazing supervisor, Prof. Jamie Joseph, I have navigated through the challenges of grad school. Our lab focuses on understanding the pathway of insulin secretion in type 2 diabetes in order to identify new drug targets for the treatment of this disease. 

Monika  headshotMONIKA
Program: PhD, Chemistry (Nanotechnology specialization)

Why I chose Waterloo: The University of Waterloo is a unique place to explore the interrelations between chemistry and nanoscience because of the facilities available across campus. The inter-department collaboration has allowed me to network and learn beyond my specific program. I have also made great friends along the way.

Bio: I completed a BSc in Nanoscience as well as an MSc in Chemistry at the University of Guelph. I was drawn to continue my studies at the University of Waterloo as it is the only academic institution that offers a specialized PhD option in Nanotechnology. This distinct add-on provides me with a unique background beyond traditional chemistry.

My research: I work in Prof. Derek Schipper's lab. My thesis focuses on optimizing the surface alignment of single-walled carbon nanotubes. 

Rebecca headshotREBECCA
Program: MSc, Biology

Why I chose Waterloo: The reason why I chose science at Waterloo—besides it's where the research and the supervisor I wanted to work with was here—is that I  enjoy the friendly community within the Biology Department and university. I have met some of the most interesting and nicest people in my six years in the city. I am excited to connect with incoming students and to share my experiences!

Bio: I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology with Co-op at the University of Waterloo and am now in the second year of my Master’s degree. I am an avid recycler who is interested in microbiology.

My research: My thesis focuses on microbial diversity and cellulose degradation in complex municipal waste sites. My supervisor is Prof. Laura Hug.

Sanjay headshotSANJAY
Program: MSc, Chemistry

Why I chose Waterloo: My chemistry 494 research project experience gave me the opportunity to meet/connect with members within the chemistry faculty, but I also got the opportunity to conduct research in one of Canada's top university. A combination of these two reason really drove my to purse my graduate degree at the University  of Waterloo.

Bio: I am a domestic student doing my graduate studies in polymer chemistry. My undergraduate degree was actually in biochemistry with a specialization in biotechnology at the University of Waterloo. Upon completion of my 4th year chemistry 494 research project in polymer chemistry I really had an opportunity to appreciate the broad range of applications of different polymers, which lead me to my current area of study.

My research: I am characterizing novel hydrophobic modified starch nanoparticles and using them to develop a film for sensing applications. My supervisor is Prof. Jean Duhamel.

Saoussen headshotSAOUSSEN
Program: PhD, Physics 

Why I chose Waterloo: I chose waterloo because it is one of the best and most prestigious schools for studying physics! It’s known worldwide and is a great place to do research with opportunities to collaborate with people from all over the world.

Bio: I fell in love with physics when I was a kid. I was always intrigued by the mysteries of the universe, from subatomic particles to gigantic galaxies. I left my home country, Tunisia, to pursue my dream of becoming a physicist. I couldn't be happier that I am, I'm living my dream every single day.

My research: I am studying the thermodynamics of Asymptotically de-Sitter Black Holes. In simpler words, I am trying to understand how some classes of black holes behave thermodynamically in an expanding universe. My supervisor is Prof. Robert Mann.