Shining Graduate Rebecca Ha (BSc '22) chose ULethbridge because of its inclusivity and smaller class sizes, allowing greater opportunity to make connections with her professors and peers. By volunteering, participating in experiential learning and joining student clubs, she met great people, formed connections and got the most out of her ULethbridge experience.

Networking allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and supported me in being successful in my academic journey at ULethbridge.

Meet Rebecca | Determined. Focused. Passionate.
Program: Bachelor of Science| Major: Biochemistry

Please tell us about your work-integrated learning experiences at ULethbridge.

I participated in experiential learning at ULethbridge by completing independent studies and joining the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team. I successfully completed multiple independent studies with two professors, Dr. Angeliki Pantazi and Dr. Majid Mohajerani. Through this, I was able to gain experience in different research labs. In addition, I completed an applied study with Agility which was made possible because I joined the iGEM team. I performed specialized technical laboratory duties during my independent studies and obtained many competencies such as entrepreneurship skills. These skills and experiences transferred seamlessly to my iGEM research project.

What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience?

My most memorable ULethbridge experience would have to be conducting scientific research as an undergraduate student throughout my independent and applied studies.

What is the most important lesson you have learned at ULethbridge?

The most important lesson I learned at ULethbridge would be the impact of making new connections at the university. Networking allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and supported me in being successful in my academic journey at ULethbridge. I would encourage students to take every opportunity presented to explore their passions and move beyond what they might be comfortable with. Opportunities exist around every corner.

Is there someone specific who had an important influence on your ULethbridge experience?

Dr. Angeliki Pantazi has significantly impacted my academic achievements at ULethbridge. Dr. Pantazi has given me opportunities to complete undergraduate research under her supervision and has encouraged me to follow my passions. In addition, Dr. Pantazi has offered insightful guidance about choosing my future career path.

Is there anything you wish you knew in your first semester that you know now?

The importance of time management and time sensitivity is crucial in both the academic and non-academic world. It is essential to focus on core studies and take part in the extracurriculars offered in the ULethbridge community. Balancing your time wisely will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

What advice would you give to those about to begin their ULethbridge journey?

Do not be afraid to reach out and get to know your professors! Take charge of your university experience—join clubs and participate in experiential learning to explore your interests. Take advantage of all opportunities available at the University of Lethbridge.

Favourite class: Elements of Human Nutrition

Favourite social activity at ULethbridge: Spending time with my friends

Favourite place to study: The Science Commons

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