Alex - Biology

Science Ambassador


Year: 4

Stream of study: Co-op

Specialization: Microbiology

Career goal: Ideally, teaching and researching at a university seems pretty neat. However, I will also settle for something that provides engagement with others or the opportunity to work with my hands.

Favourite food: Mozzarella Sticks

How I get involved: One of my favourite ways to get involved is through Let's Talk Science (Science Outreach) and Science Ambassadors. Both of these activities allow me to engage with prospective students (some very young) and share my excitement and enthusiasm for my program and science in general. I have also been involved with orientation, which is a really fun way to make new students feel accepted at the university and what will essentially be their home for the next 4 to 5 years.




Why I love my program

I came for the microbes but stayed for camaraderie. I have a great interest in microbiota and world in which they live, and the Biology program has provided some fantastic courses to help satisfy those interests. Though one of the best aspects of the Biology program is the opportunity to meet some truly wonderful people. I have made many friends, and through their support and similar passion, they have played an integral part in my professional and personal development.

Why University of Waterloo?

University of Waterloo's renowned co-op program was the initial draw as I am financially independent and needed a way to pay for my schooling and living. To that degree, co-op has suited me very well. In addition, UW does a huge amount of research; specifically we have very active professors involved in microbial ecology and other areas of microbial research. Now that I'm here, its much more apparent how well thought out the physical campus is and how the consolidation of the buildings into one area gives it tight-knit community feeling.
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