Tim - Biology

Science Ambassador

Tim holding a plushy bacteria over his headYear: 1 (Graduate studies)

Stream of study: Regular

Specialization: Microbiology

Career goal: I would like to continue to balance working in two fields that I am passionate about, microbiology and the environment. I would be enjoy working on sediment, soil and water and analyzing the bacterial communities present in each. As long as I have the opportunity to work both in a lab as well as outside in the field, I'd be happy.

Favourite food: Any breakfast food (and coffee) since it's the best meal of the day

How I get involved: Other than being an ambassador for the last four years, I have been involved with Orientation for four years. During my years being involved with Orientation, I have been a Frontline Leader, a Fun Police, Team Captain and a Federation Orientation Committee member. I have also been involved with Science Student Help Team, Let's Talk Science and a Peer Leader for Living-Learning Communities (LLC). I completed an undergraduate seniour honours research project (BIOL 499) where I did research in a lab for eight months working on bacterial communities in sediment. Currently, I am also a teaching assistant (TA) for the BIOL 240L lab.

Why I love my program

By studying Biology, you can study a variety of different topics. I study microbiology primarily, yet I have also taken other biology courses that interest me, such as molecular genetics and environmental biology courses. The flexibility of what you can study really allows you to take courses that interest you and that you are very passionate about. What is really cool is that the classes I have taken out of interest can be related back to my studies in microbiology. I have learned about not only microorganisms themselves but their involvement in medicine, food production, and the environment they live in.

Why University of Waterloo?

For me the science faculty was a perfect fit here at the University of Waterloo. I wanted to study a specific science field without having to be forced to take courses I wasn't interested in. Science at the University of Waterloo allowed me to focus studying on what I wanted to study. I came here for the strong academics but I stayed for the people. The sense of community and belonging that I have experienced here has been absolutely amazing.

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