Nominated by Dr. Stacey Wetmore, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
"Rebecca scored at the top of her class in many courses. She also heavily participated in research, securing NSERC USRAs to support her summer research positions. She completed Independent Studies courses, as well as an Honours thesis. She jumped at every chance she could to volunteer on campus to promote science (Big Bang Weekend and iGEM) and to present the finding of her research at conferences. She even represented the University of Lethbridge at the national chemistry conference. Rebecca is graduating from the University of Lethbridge as a published scientist, with one of her studies appearing in print thus far and 2 additional manuscripts in preparation). In addition to her research and academic achievements, Rebecca is a competitive pianist."
What is your most memorable uLethbridge experience?
Research experiences with Dr. Stacey Wetmore from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, through independent studies and undergraduate thesis. I also presented my research work at the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Quebec City. In addition, I participated in the Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest in Edmonton. And finally, volunteering at the Big Bang Grand Opening for the Science Commons and University of Lethbridge International Centre and attending the Music at Noon series were also highlights.
Is there someone specific who had an important influence on your uLethbridge?
Dr. Stacey Wetmore and Dr. Marc Roussel who introduced me to wonderful summer research opportunities!
What is the most important lesson you learned?
You may stumble but you must move on. Stay engaged and focused on learning because it will pay off at the end of your post-secondary journey.
What are your hopes/plans for the future?
Complete my MSc at University of Lethbridge and take few years off to travel around the world.
What advice would you give to students who are about to begin their post-secondary journeys?
Take advantage of research opportunities. Do not feel intimidated if you want to switch your major. Expand your course selections and gain experience by studying abroad.