2013 co-op students of the year

A collage snapshots of 6 co-op students of the year

From top left to right: Perakaa Serhukavalan, Akash Kapoor, Josh Bradshaw. Bottom left to right: Melanie Chanona, Natalie Sham, Sorina Chiorean.

The University of Waterloo honours 6 outstanding co-op students

There are more than 18,000 co-op students at UWaterloo, and last week the university honoured six, one from each faculty, with the 2013 University of Waterloo Co-op Student of the Year Award.

Perakaa Sethukavalan (Applied Health Sciences)

Perakaa worked for Sunnybrook Hospital as a clinical research assistant. She designed studies, received ethics board approval, collected and analyzed the data, and published the results she found on prostate cancer. Her research determined that a rapid diagnosis centre could cut the time from suspicion to treatment of prostate cancer by two months. She is the first author on two of four articles and six of nine abstracts she published.

Akash Kapoor (Arts)

Akash worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers where he designed a tool to increase auditing efficiency by 2 per cent. This is the second time the Faculty of Arts has chosen Akash as their co-op student of the year.

Josh Bradshaw (Engineering)

Josh worked as a web developer for Watrhub where he increased efficiency in Watrhub’s processes, and improved an existing piece of Watrhub’s software to increase the number of clients the company can serve by 60 per cent.

Melanie Chanona (Mathematics)

Melanie worked at UWaterloo as a research assistant to Professor Robert Mann, where she found evidence to support a long-standing theory on the nature of certain types of black holes.

Natalie Sham (Environment)

Nataie worked for UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya where she created a Sustainable Housing Rehabilitation Index (SHRI) to increase the agency’s knowledge on the global state of existing formal housing. Natalie published a paper measuring the state of housing to be rehabilitated between countries, which she later presented at a conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Sorina Chiorean (Science)

Sorina worked for Environment Canada as a field and lab intern. She performed research that will assist with lowering the cost and time associated with running biological tests involving radiology and immunology on animal samples.

You can learn more about these incredible co-op students and their work on Waterloo News. Great work, everyone!

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