Jhanvi Mehta (BSc '21) studied neuroscience at uLethbridge, travelling to present at conferences, completing innovative research and completing her honours thesis. She will go to medical school this fall, carrying with her the critical thinking skills and community-oriented mindset she cultivated at uLethbridge.

What is your most memorable uLethbridge experience?
My most memorable experience was moving from the old Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) into the new Science Commons! I was working in a research lab that summer, so I got to help my lab transition into the new facility. I had some fantastic lab-mates and made some great memories, all while conducting innovative research and travelling with my lab to present at a conference!

What is the most important lesson you learned during your time in the Faculty of Arts & Science at uLethbridge?
Balance work and play! Studying hard is great, but you have to take time for yourself and others as well. Cultivating a strong support system and reliable stress-management techniques is necessary for protecting your mental health and should be prioritized alongside your education!

Is there someone specific who had an important influence on your uLethbridge experience?
I was very fortunate to have had a fantastic mentor for my undergrad, Claire Niehaus, a Master's student in Neuroscience! With her mentorship, I've been able to gain valuable research experience, present at conferences, and complete an honour's thesis on some of her work.

What are your hopes/plans for the future?
I'm beginning medical school at the University of Alberta this fall. I hope that I'm able to carry forward the critical thinking skills and community-oriented mindset I've developed at the University of Lethbridge with me into the medical field.

What does the Gold Medal in Science recognition mean to you?
This recognition reminds me of how grateful I am for those who've supported me throughout these last four years, as their support and guidance has allowed me to get to where I am today. I'm incredibly honoured to receive this award.

What advice would you give to those who are about to begin their journey at uLethbridge?
Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone! Get involved with things you care about, whether that's through volunteerism, research, or clubs. Ultimately, it's the connections you build in the community that will shape your overall ULeth experience, so take advantage of those opportunities!