Samantha - Psychology

Science Ambassador

Samantha

Year: 4

Stream of study: Co-op

Career goal: I want to work in Science Communications. Science Communications is all about connecting the public to science and showing that it is exciting, relevant, and important. My dream job would be to work in a research lab, sharing cutting edge science!

Favourite food: I love the fresh baked cookies from the Science Coffee and Donut shop!

How I get involved: I get involved in campus primarily with my faculty. I volunteer as a recruitment Science Ambassador, help run Science Orientation, and work with Science Outreach, running science workshops in classrooms. I also volunteer with Health Services and run a team that educates other students about health concerns, such as marijuana usage and mental health. Other things I have been involved with include research projects, running biology help sessions, and giving tours on campus.

Why I love my program

I love my program because it's interdisciplinary and explores both sides of psychology and science. I can understand not just the behaviour, but why the behaviour exists. You go beyond the mental health to explore the cells, proteins, and the building blocks that make us, us.

Why University of Waterloo?

I chose the University of Waterloo because of the hands-on learning opportunities. My favourite experiences have been a directed study doing research in games for health with the Games Institute, and my co-op placements working with University of Waterloo's Science Outreach and TRIUMF, Canada's national particle accelerator laboratory. It was these experiences that introduced me to my love for science communication and health, and determined my career goals.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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