2019/20 Shining Students

"If you find something you are truly passionate about, never let anything stop you from pursuing it. Limitations are self-imposed."

As an undergraduate student, Alicia Anderson juggled athletics and academics with great success! She was a tutor and had the opportunity to work on instrumentation for SPICA, an infrared space observatory scheduled to launch as early as 2030, with Dr. David Naylor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Alicia is now a masters student in physics and astronomy at the University of Lethbridge.

Learn more about Alicia's uLethbridge experience:

Alicia Anderson (BSc '20): International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Fifth-year physics student and pronghorn athlete, Alicia Anderson lives her life 100% in the moment



"Just live your best life! Make your experience here at uLethbridge extraordinary; get out there and get involved! Challenge yourself and learn to love every inch of who you are and grow! Take every chance you get so that whenever you look back to this moment, there’s not a thing you regret because like Randy Pausch says ‘It's not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed, it is the things we didn’t do.”

Favourite Class: Anything to do with languages and cultures
Favourite Social Activity: Hanging out with friends to drink coffee and chat
Favourite Study Spot: Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Gave me a sense of belonging
  • Helped me realize my purpose; to be a documentary linguist in order to revitalize the Blackfoot language
  • Let me take part in a Master/Apprenticeship Program for the Blackfoot Language
  • Helped me push myself
  • Gave me a chance to shine


“University is not high school. You have to work hard for what you want. You should make the most out of your university experience and remember that you are here for a reason. Connect with your professors, go to their office hours, ask questions (I must have asked a million questions to be where I am today), enjoy the things offered by your university, be open-minded and find your passion. Coming to the University of Lethbridge was one of the best choices I have ever made. The classes, professors, staff, students, the whole energy here is absolutely one of a kind!”

Favourite Class: Psychology of Crime, by Jennifer Williams
Favourite Social Activity: Cabarets—I went to all cabarets offered by ORS
Favourite Study Spot: Markin Hall Study Rooms

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Independent Studies: I have completed 4 independent studies in total. 2 of them in psychology, and the other 2 were in Neuroscience
  • I have been involved in both Animal & Human research
  • My independent studies included topics related to human sexuality, brain anatomy and, tactile stimulation and its impact on Alzheimer’s disease
  • Independent studies were some of the coolest experiences of my university journey

Read more about Aysu's uLethbridge experience: Dedication and Empathy Go a Long Way for Aysu Nordmark (BSc ’19)



“Strive for the courage to get to know your professors! Either through office hours, after lectures, or through independent or applied studies; this is what really helped me progress to where my goals were academically. It also opened the door to many other areas, like research opportunities (honours thesis). U of L professors are really caring and want us to succeed and are very willing to help with any questions or concerns. Also, do not be afraid to talk to your classmates and find study buddies! Doing this has really helped me with studying, and working together to understand difficult concepts is important because we could teach each other and solidify understanding. It is also nice to have someone who has your back if you need notes from a missed class or just someone to hang out with between classes

Favourite Class: Abnormal Psychology
Favourite Social Activity: Meet the Profs event
Favourite Study Spot: Either at home at my Kitchen table, in the Library, or in Dr. Mather’s Lab

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Favourite professor: Dr. Jenifer Mather
  • Volunteering: With the Accessible Learning Centre (I was doing an applied study)
  • Very interesting and enjoyable classes (Psych of Choice, Psych of Aging, Abnormal Psychology)
  • Psychology Club - social gatherings and activities
  • Created long-lasting friendships

Learn more about Braden Pitcher's uLethbridge experience:

Dedication to Helping Others Led Pandemic Graduate Brayden Pitcher (BSc ‘20) to Find Work at SASHA

Brayden's research aims to address learning issues for University of Lethbridge students



“Build relationships with your professors. Always participate in class. Do an independent or an applied study. Form good study habits.”

Favourite Class: Law and Justice in Ancient Athens
Favourite Social Activity: Open House
Favourite Study Spot: 9th floor of the library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • I’ve had opportunities to be a Teaching Assistant for both political science and liberal education 
  • Dr. John von Heyking, Dr. Shelly Wismath and Dr. Victor Rodych are professors I look up to 
  • I’ve enjoyed the range of classes I can take that are outside of my major
  • I’ve presented at the uLeth SPARK Conference as well as various political science colloquiums 
  • One of the things about uLethbridge is the opportunity for independent/applied studies—I love to make learning my own


“If you are passionate about a topic and considering pursuing it in grad school, find a supervisor that allows you to express your potential, and gives you the skills to channel your passion into knowledge. Student-supervisor relationships are essential, and personal and professional respect are both important aspects to consider.”

Favourite Social Activity: Drawing Bar in Fine Arts
Favourite Study Spot: My lab in the Science Commons

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Multicultural environment
  • Academic diversity
  • Field research
  • Great mentorship
  • Broad working opportunities and international collaborations


“Never lose sight of your long term goals.”

Favourite Class: Data Structures and Algorithms
Favourite Social Activity: Going to the gym / hanging out with friends
Favourite Study Spot: Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Gaining industry experience during my co-op at Arcurve
  • Getting to know my professors Dr. Daya Gaur and Dr. Atif Khalil
  • Learning more about my passion for software and technology
  • Networking with great people at the U of L
  • Solving that tricky bug in the computer lab at 3 a.m.

Learn more about Cassady's uLethbridge experience:

Cassady Campos Catches a Glimpse Behind the Scenes of the Software Development Cycle During his Co-op Work Terms

At Arcurve, co-op student, Cassady helped inspire a new generation of computer scientists



“Try and seize every opportunity that comes your way! Join clubs, volunteer, and get involved. You will meet so many different people just by participating and being involved. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions. We were all freshmen at one point or another and the community at the University of Lethbridge is so kind and willing to help.”

Favourite Class:  Anthropology classes related to water
Favourite Social Activity: Clubs and sports events
Favourite Study Spot: In the beanbags on the 3rd level of the library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • I was part of the Global Citizenship Cohort in my first year

  • I helped organize and plan the first Earth Day Symposium in 2018 (cohort related) 

  • As part of the cohort, I was required to take some courses that I never would have taken otherwise—as a result, I found a passion in other unexpected disciplines such as anthropology and English 

  • I am part of the Photography Club executive 

  • I have completed 2 co-op work terms to date; both have been at the AAFC Research Station in Lethbridge

Learn more about Cassandra's uLethbridge experience:

AgBiotech student Cassandra Klaas adapts classroom learning into career skills through co-op



“Take as many opportunities as you can. Don’t be afraid to take chances and have a unique school/career path. The value of what you will gain in experience and life skills far outweighs any time limits you believe you need to adhere to.”

Favourite Class: Immunology
Favourite Social Activity: Dinner with friends
Favourite Study Spot: Library cubicles

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Completing 2 co-op terms in a Cereal Agronomy program at the Lethbridge Research & Development Centre

  • Finishing my co-op also at LRDC in a Containment Level 2 microbiology laboratory researching antimicrobial resistance in cattle

  • Competing at an international level by presenting the work my team has done for the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) in Boston, MA

  • Learning about bioinformatics and gaining valuable experience applying it in the Zovoilis Lab

  • Learning about biophysical analysis and practicing analytical ultra-centrifugation (AUC) under Dr. Borries Demeler



“There’s a ton of stereotypical advice aimed at future university students, but my only advice to you is to study what you enjoy and look forward to your uLeth experience! Know that it’s perfectly fine to experiment with classes and majors until you find the discipline that you truly enjoy! Once you do find the subject that excites and inspires you, things, like studying for exams, attending lectures, and completing labs or tutorials, won’t feel like a burden or another monotonous task on a long list; rather, they become an opportunity to learn something cool or something you can use to impress your friends or family!"

Favourite Class: Brain & Behaviour
Favourite Social Activity: Fresh Fest
Favourite Study Spot: I practically lived on the 9th Floor of the Library in my first year!

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • I’m a third-generation student (my mother and my grandmother both completed their degrees at the U of L) and I was curious to know how my experience would compare to their own
  • At the end of my first year, I ran for the position of Arts & Science Representative for the University of Lethbridge Student’s Union (ULSU) and was shocked when I was elected to one of the six positions
  • With the university’s philosophy of Liberal Education, I’ve taken several classes outside my major. An Epidemiology class prompted me to add a minor in Population Health
  • Over the summer, I was truly honoured to study in Dr. Robbin Gibb’s Lab at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience via an Applied Studies course
  • My uLeth experience would not be complete without the dedicated and inspiring educators I’ve had the privilege of studying under; I would sincerely like to thank Dr. Robbin Gibb and Professor Jennifer Burke for inspiring me to feel excited about my future in education and research as well as other educators at the U of L who have inspired other students’ yearning for education

Learn more about Cayley's uLethridge experience:

Curious Cayley Fleischman Embraces Opportunity on Campus

Shining Student, Cayley takes classes outside of her major

Cedric Shining Student


“Take as many opportunities as you can—may it be for volunteering, applying for work terms, or making new friends. Get to know your professors and career advisors as they will not only help you with your studies and academic endeavours but also assist you to take the next step forward in your career. Also, find a hobby you love - it’s the best stress reliever!”

Favourite Class: Environmental Physiology and History of Animation
Favourite Social Activity: Rock climbing and volunteering with friends
Favourite Study Spot: Home or the 9th floor of the Library by the windows

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Co-operative Education work terms
  • Volunteer and career opportunities
  • Liberal Education
  • Social clubs
  • Field experiences

Learn more about Cedric's uLethbridge experience:

Cedric Linatoc Helped Youth Discover STEM in Destination Exploration



“Strive for as many diverse experiences as possible!”

Favourite Class: Animal Physiology
Favourite Social Activity: Volleyball Intramurals
Favourite Study Spot: Floor 9 in the Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Research - I have completed research throughout multiple summers and have been able to enroll in several independent studies and an undergraduate Honours Thesis, which has forged my passion for the research field
  • Networking - I lived on residence for a couple of years where I was able to meet and make new friends. Additionally, I have been able to meet people from a variety of different institutions from my research experiences
  • Eye-opening - I have realized the number and variety of opportunities that are available to me as I finish my degree
  • Productive - As I finish up my undergraduate degree, I feel as though I have become more knowledgeable about what I am interested in, as well as myself
  • Personable professors - I have met numerous professors over the years where I have consistently had positive interactions with them

Learn more about Chad's uLethbridge experience:

With Empathy, Diligence & Drive, Three Alumni Follow their Passion to Medical School

Future med student, Chad is immersed in world-class research



“Do not be afraid to talk to your professors. Try to get involved in a research group that you are interested in. There are no opportunities if you don’t try.”

Favourite Class: Analytical Chemistry I
Favourite Social Activity: Welcome Back BBQ
Favourite Study Spot: Bedroom

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • As an international student, I have been involved in many research opportunities

  • Independent Study work on synthesis of Aminophosphines and Tritylazide in the Hayes lab

  • Summer Research work in the Wetmore lab

  • Volunteered as a student leader for the Big Bang Grand Opening

  • Participating and presenting in the Chinook Symposium for Chemistry & Biochemistry



“Learning is collaborative. The influence and experiences of others are something you shouldn’t ever take for granted. Take the time to get to know people, go to office hours, and never be afraid to start a conversation.“

Favourite Class: Metaphor
Favourite Social Activity: Lane swimming with friends
Favourite Study Spot: In the library near the big windows overlooking the coulees

My uLethbridge experience:

  • Working closely with Dr. Catherine Kingfisher and being her research assistant
  • Designing my own multidisciplinary, undergraduate degree
  • Being co-vice president (last year), and now the president of the University of Lethbridge Anthropology Club 
  • Building foundational relationships with professors early on that have lasted throughout my undergraduate experience


“Take full advantage of every opportunity offered to you! The University of Lethbridge is incredible in that you are provided with so many chances to engage with your instructors and professors. Get involved, whether that be with research, tutoring, clubs, volunteer work or athletics. Find what makes you shine and pursue it!”

Favourite Class: Ecology or Communication Écrite et Orale
Favourite Social Activity: Playing intramural sports!
Favourite Study Spot: The swimming pool viewing gallery

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Research: I am a member of the U of L’s Research Internship Concentration (RIC) that has provided me with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience conducting undergraduate research within the biological sciences

  • Liberal Education: My experience as a TA for the Liberal Education 1000 class for the past two years has provided me with invaluable teaching experience. My love for sharing knowledge and liberal education has undoubtedly sprung from this opportunity

  • Job Opportunities: the U of L has provided me with many funding opportunities to conduct research and work with knowledgeable professors such as Dr. Elizabeth Schultz and Dr. Theresa Burg throughout the summers

  • Global Citizenship Cohort: In my first year of university, I participated in the U of L’s Global Citizenship Cohort. The cohort not only provided me with a chance to take on issues such as resource sustainability and social justice but enriched my leadership skills

  • Volunteer Work: I have served on the Lethbridge Youth Advisory (YAC) board for the past three years, where I have had the opportunity to represent and advocate for youth needs. Furthermore, Uvolunteer has helped me to get involved within the community as a U4 volunteer soccer coach

Learn more about Chloe's uLethbridge experience:

A wealth of extracurricular activities help Chloe learn beyond her studies

Clarice Bryant


“Don’t be afraid to take on extra work to get you closer to your goals faster, but also don’t overwhelm yourself! Make friends, make time for you family, and for yourself. Balance is good.”

Favourite Class: Introduction to Language and Literature 
Favourite Social Activity: Spending time with my friends, hanging out or doing homework 
Favourite Study Spot: The pool viewing area

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Working at the Lethbridge Research centre with ticks, mosquitoes and other arthropods

  • Part of the Research Internship Concentration (RIC) and the Global Citizenship Cohort (GCC)

  • Plan to complete required courses to apply to UCalgary for Veterinary Medicine in three years

  • I have enjoyed English, art history and biology classes the most

  • Part of TUTS, the Parks Canada Club, and the Pre-Med club



“Take the time to get to know your professors and ask for help when it is needed. Take responsibility for your education and get the most out of it. Lastly, independent/applied studies are a great way to get to know the faculty while introducing yourself to research.”

Favourite Class: Introduction to Cosmology
Favourite Social Activity: Intramural floor hockey followed by wing Wednesday
Favourite Study Spot: At home in my office

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Meeting highly motivated individuals who shared a passion for academics

  • Developing relationships with professors and faculty members

  • Introduction to research through independent studies

  • Intramural sports were a fun and healthy means of managing stress while spending time with friends

  • Working with Dr. Mosimann in his lab as an undergraduate and graduate student 



“Be proactive. There are so many opportunities waiting for you at the U of L, so talk to your professors, teacher assistants and classmates. They usually have valuable insights or will direct you to people who do. Be open to new ideas and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, even if it was not part of your original plan. You learn new things and expand your horizons this way.”

Favourite Class: Bioenergetics and Metabolism and iGEM with HJ
Favourite Social Activity: The Annual Culture Show by ULACSA
Favourite Study Spot: Library or study rooms, depends on the day

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Teaching girls coding with Destination Exploration

  • Having the opportunity to work in the Wetmore lab during my undergraduate degree

  • Having the opportunity to merge my love for computational and experimental biochemistry during my Honor’s Thesis

  • Being a part of the University of Lethbridge African Caribbean Students Association

  • Friends I made throughout my undergrad



“University is a lot of hard work, but you have to put in that work to get results."

Favourite Class: Inorganic Chemistry II
Favourite Social Activity: Any event with free food, i.e. the welcome back BBQ
Favourite Study Spot: At home, the night before the exam

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Having met so many supportive friends throughout my studies

  • Summer research with Dr. Paul Hayes

  • Currently working on an Undergraduate Thesis 

  • Developing a coffee addiction



“When it comes to education, there is nothing stopping you from achieving your full potential. Plan carefully every single semester and register for any extracurricular class that might contribute to your professional goal. If in doubt, do not hesitate to seek academic support from the Student Success Center or academic advisors. Be proactive and try to take advantage of the many wonderful research opportunities being offered at the U of L as early as possible. Study smarter not harder. Doing your assignments ahead of time and studying a couple of hours a day might save you from having regrets and long nights at the end of the semester. Last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy life!”

Favourite Class: Genetics
Favourite Social Activity: Annual meeting on RNA day
Favourite Study Spot: In the brand new graduate students’ office

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Being a selected member of the Future Innovators in Technology (FIT) pilot program

  • Conducting RNA research over the summer at ARTI under the supervision of Dr. Ute Widen-Kothe

  • Working towards my MSc in the Kothe’s lab

  • Being accepted into the RNA Innovation program to receive high-quality training and gain valuable industry experience

  • Being exposed to a great and intellectual RNA community



“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Fear hinders growth."

Favourite Class: Social Context with Dr. Greg Ogilvie
Favourite Social Activity: Pronghorn games
Favourite Study Spot: uHall patio

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Multidisciplinary opportunities allowed me to become a well-rounded learner and thinker

  • I am constantly in the position of the “other” because of my faith and culture which allows for personal growth

  • Applied study with Ilsa Wong motivated me to further my education

  • Social Context with Greg Ogilvie reminded me why I want to become an educator

  • I was able to shed a positive light on my culture through dance at events held by the university



“Take full advantage of every opportunity offered to you! The University of Lethbridge is incredible in that you are provided with so many chances to engage with your instructors and professors. Get involved, whether that be with research, tutoring, clubs, volunteer work or athletics. Find what makes you shine and pursue it!”

Favourite Class: There are so many! Any that involve Biochem, Bioinformatics, Gene Expression and Regulation, Genomics
Favourite Social Activity: iGem 
Favourite Study Spot: Science Commons, outside of Synbridge or the library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • U of L has an accepting culture of students and an innovating institution for research

  • I am a member of the collegiate iGEM team and an advisor for the HS iGEM team. iGEM has enhanced my passion for research and synthetic biology, this year's research aims to democratize the use of insulin. iGEM might be the best form of introduction into the world of research

  • Dr. Angeliki Pantazi, Dr. Trushar Patel, Dr. Laura Keffer-Wilkes have encouraged me to follow my passions. At uLethbridge, you have the ability to develop close connections with professors/mentors that take personal pride in seeing you succeed

  • The friendly staff want to see you succeed and help you with a smile on their face

  • The friends you make along the way of your academic career are definitely one of the best reasons as to why I love the University of Lethbridge



“Try to take the opportunity to get to know your professors. Many professors will allow students to take independent studies, which are a great way to gain insight into the practical workings of your discipline, participate in real-world research, and build relationships."

Favourite Class: Physical Chemistry
Favourite Social Activity: Board Games Night 
Favourite Study Spot: Either at home or in a room with some classmates at the library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Working closely with Dr. Stacey Wetmore over the course of three independent studies

  • Volunteering at the Big Bang weekend for the grand opening of the Science Commons

  • Attending presentations by leading RNA researchers in the ARRTI Speaker Series

  • Working in the Flanagan and Wetmore research labs over the summers thanks to funding from NSERC USRAs

  • Presenting my research completed in the Wetmore lab at the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Quebec City

"Make the best out of the time that you have and I would also say getting into a routine is really important."

Third-year sociology student, Eileen Sowunmi, was on a co-op work term when the pandemic shut things down. In this video, Eileen shares a bit about her experience and offers some advice to incoming students.

Advice from Shining Student Eileen Sowunmi



“Get involved with the campus outside of your classes! You can meet so many amazing people and gain valuable experience that will help you make the most of your university life.”

Favourite Class: Family, Kinship, and State
Favourite Social Activity: Social Events with the WUSC ULeth Local Committee
Favourite Study Spot: Tables in UHall next to the big windows

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Member of WUSC ULeth Local Committee

  • Volunteer and Co-Coordinator of the Campus Women’s Centre

  • Independent Studies tailored to my interests

  • Received NSERC Summer Student Awards in psychology & neuroscience

  • Meeting inspiring and caring individuals that helped shape my whole degree



“Get involved! Talk to your professors and fellow students, be a part of your new academic community. Do some independent studies and experience research in multiple disciplines.”

Favourite Class: Medicinal Chemistry
Favourite Social Activity: Bouldering
Favourite Study Spot: The study rooms with big windows by the library!

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Favorite professors/instructors: Susan Findlay (chemistry), Randall Barley (biology), Tony Russell (biology)

  • Favorite lab instructor: Nathan Hill (chemistry)

  • The many opportunities to do research as an undergraduate including both independent studies and summer research awards

  • The U of L Climbing Club

  • Volunteering with Let’s Talk Science

"Work hard and use the resources that the university offers. Then you will definitely do well."

Humaira Enayetullah is an environmental science student with a concentration in geographical information science. She is dedicated to scientific research that seeks solutions to the most pressing environmental concerns our world is faced with. She is also committed to teaching our youth about science, understanding the importance of early education.


Humaira is examining the environmental issues facing humanity today



“ Be present in the moment and enjoy your journey, for life is composed of ‘remember when...'"

Favourite Class: Physical Chemistry
Favourite Social Activity: Open gym badminton
Favourite Study Spot: Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Completed undergraduate summer research in inorganic fluorine chemistry and computational chemistry

  • Enrolled in an independent study to investigate the Lewis-acid behaviour of MoF5 and MoF6

  • Witnessed the opening of Science Commons

  • Volunteered for Let’s Talk Science

  • Paddled with the Pronghorns at the Dragon Boat Festival



“Get to know your professors and talk to them about their research. Ask around and you will find opportunities that you may never knew existed.”

Favourite Class: All courses taken as part of the Research Internship Cohort
Favourite Social Activity: Group study sessions
Favourite Study Spot: Library study rooms

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Being a part of multidisciplinary scientific research as part of the Research Internship Concentration

  • Meeting like-minded individuals who share similar interests

  • The opportunities to contribute to scientific research as an undergraduate student

  • Creating relationships with professors that will help you to succeed

  • Working in the Schultz lab on research that I am passionate about as a part of an NSERC USRA

"Know that it can be hard at times, but that it's doable, and you develop as a person, you learn more about yourself, you make great friends, you make colleagues, you learn how to build professional relationships, and it's also a place where you can have lots of fun as well. So it's tough but it's rewarding at the same time."

At uLethbridge, Jocelyn worked hard, travelled abroad, built professional relationships, made great friends, and had fun while studying French and Spanish on her path to teaching.

Fourth-year modern langues student, Jocelyn Castro-Torres always knew she wanted to study languages



“Don’t be shy! Everyone is pretty friendly, professors included. Your time in university will be so much more enriched and enjoyable if you step outside your comfort zone. Maybe join a club or an intramural team, try an independent study, or volunteer with new organizations. There are a lot of amazing research opportunities and activities to do within your degree, you just have to look for them. The people you meet and opportunities that come your way will be what makes the next 4-5 years so exciting! It’s definitely worth taking some risks and trying something new."

Favourite Class: Neuropsychology
Favourite Social Activity: The Colour Run
Favourite Study Spot: The Science Commons

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Completing my AIHS summer studentship has allowed me to gain so many laboratory skills and exposed me to different avenues of research

  • My independent studies under Dr. Robbin Gibb introduced me to how research is conducted and gave me the opportunity to assist with a novel project studying the effects of high-CBD cannabis on behaviour

  • Volunteering with Let’s Talk Science became a way for me to share my love of science and express my passion for teaching in the community

  • Presenting research at the Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference

  • Meeting some of my closest friends throughout these last 3 years

Learn more about Jhanvi's uLethbridge experience

Jhanvi is researching how cannabis affects the adult brain

Josip Smolcic

Passionate. Ambitious to learn. I enjoy learning and challenging myself.

"Reach out to professors and ask questions. Participate in the classroom, especially when there is something that is not clear! Have fun learning."

Favourite Class: Algebra
Favourite Social Activity: Programming competitions!
Favourite Study Spot: Just in uHall :)

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Participating in competitive programming has been an extremely fun and productive way to learn. I would never have known I had a passion for computer science if I had not joined the competitive programming team. Thanks, Howard!!!!
  • Working on research projects during the summer with professors. I had a lot of fun this summer working on research projects with Amir Akbary and Joy Morris. I also learned so many things that I could not learn in a class setting about my subject and also what Mathematics research is like.
  • All of the professors in the department that I've had have been really fun, easy-going and approachable people. They also really care about the success of their students. I've always felt the pressure to be the best I can be and it's motivated me to succeed.



“Enjoy your time here! There is so much to learn and often that learning and growth don’t come from inside the classroom.”

Favourite Class: The Anthropological Perspective
Favourite Social Activity: Social Justice Symposium 
Favourite Study Spot: Pool

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • I greatly enjoyed being able to co-host a radio show on CKXU; it allowed me to try something entirely new that I thought I’d never get to do

  • Being involved in the Global Citizenship Cohort (GCC) allowed me to meet eager, like-minded peers that I would have ordinarily never had the privilege of knowing

  • Having interesting and exciting professors in classes such as Jay Gamble and James MacKenzie

  • Meeting like-minded people and feeling acceptance for who I am

  • Being able to learn about my culture from both a second and firsthand experience

Learn more about Kahsha's uLethbridge experience:

Global Citizenship Cohort: Think Responsibly. Become a Global Citizen like Kahsha!



“To maximize your university experience fully embrace the subjects you are studying as well as the people and the environment around you.”

Favourite Class: Diversity of Life
Favourite Social Activity: Attending sporting events
Favourite Study Spot: Level 9 of the Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Being part of the biological sciences Research Internship Concentration has inspired me to pursue my interests through research

  • Recipient of the Chinook Summer Research Award working for the U of L Herbarium through the Castle Flora Inventory Project

  • Taking a Field Botany course with Jenny Burke

  • Interning at the local chapter of the MS Society through the SCiP internship program



“You get out what you put in so be in engaged in your studies. Take advantage of the resources and opportunities offered at the U of L; they are there to help you succeed. Balance is important so don’t forget to take time for yourself when you need it.”

Favourite Class: Chemistry 3990 Independent Study
Favourite Social Activity: Going to the gym
Favourite Study Spot: The library, it has the least amount of distractions!

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Being able to work in a research lab

  • Working with professors and grad students

  • Attending ARRTI presentations

  • Being in an interdisciplinary field of science and being able to take a wide range of classes

  • Taking classes and labs in the new science building



“The multitude of value-added activities available to you during your time at the University of Lethbridge are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Step out of your comfort zone and seize them. Your personal experiences at university will be what differentiates you from the pack! Be different and be the best that you can be!”

Favourite Class: Economic Development
Favourite Social Activity: Lunch or beverages at the Zoo
Favourite Study Spot: Library - Level 9

My uLethbridge experience:

  • Co-operative Education opportunities
  • Getting to know your professors
  • Applied study & independent study opportunities
  • Volunteer activities
  • U of L gym

Learn more about Kyle's uLethbridge experience:

Kyle Cole (BA '19) Turns Co-op Into a Career

The co-op program at uLethbridge helped Kyle gain confidence and find direction for the future



“Never let self-doubt manifest itself within you. Whether you have a low GPA, little social confidence, or whatever ails you, self-doubt will only make it worse and prevent you from seizing opportunities that could change your life in so many positive ways.”

Favourite Class: Organic Chemistry
Favourite Social Activity: Chatting with friends over coffee or between classes
Favourite Study Spot: Level 9 of the Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Fun

  • Filled with opportunities

  • Plenty of helpful resources

  • Good coffee/tea fogs

  • Close to home



“Read! Read constantly! Never stop! Do not just the readings for class but follow your academic passion and delve into texts that will help you throughout your degree.”

Favourite Class: Either Britain and the First World War or Human Rights and Political Economies 
Favourite Social Activity: Coffee with friends in between classes
Favourite Study Spot: This year, it seems to be the Science Commons’ atrium!

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Winning the Chinook Summer Research Award to do research on the history of the Model U.N. in Canada with Dr. Kristine Alexander during the summer of 2019

  • Working with the Institute for Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS) as an undergraduate affiliate

  • An applied study that allowed me to work with the Galt Museum and Archives on a trail-blazing exhibit on queer history in Southwestern Alberta

  • Travelling to Toronto and London, England to present at queer history and childhood studies conferences on the exhibit at the Galt and other queer history research I had undertaken with another student

  • Absolutely supportive and encouraging professors in the Departments of History and Women & Gender Studies, as well as I-CYS who have provided me with opportunities and connections I never could have dreamed of

Learn more about Liam's uLethbridge experience:

Liam Devitt (BA ‘21) graduates this year with a legacy of queer activism and oral history experience

uLethbridge student Liam shines in history research



“Explore all the possibilities during your degree such as trying different types of classes, going to different social events, volunteering, joining clubs and stepping out of your comfort zone!"

Favourite Class: Movement Disorders 
Favourite Social Activity: Pronghorn Sports Games
Favourite Study Spot: Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Small classes allow you to know your peers within your degree

  • Class sizes also make it easy to form great relationships with professors

  • Participating in the track and field team for two years allowed me to meet people, engage in a sport I enjoyed and helped me learn time management

  • Living in on-campus residence for the first-year allowed me to meet many of my close friends

  • Lots of opportunities to get involved with student-run activities and volunteering



“Strive to learn for the sake of knowledge. Live for your science or art.”

Favourite Class: Music in Recital
Favourite Social Activity: Avoiding social activities 
Favourite Study Spot: Libary, Level 9

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Inter-disciplinary work under Borries Demeler in biochemistry

  • Multiple opportunities to do undergraduate research and gain experience in a lab setting

  • Attending workshops and conferences around Canada and the USA

  • Being a founding member of the Physics & Astronomy Club and its current treasurer



“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Find out what you are truly passionate about and make the most out of the time you are here. Co-op work terms are a great way to get experience and figure out what you want to do later in life.”

Favourite Class: Animal Physiology
Favourite Social Activity: Studying with friends
Favourite Study Spot: Pool viewing area

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Participating as a student on the Lethbridge high school iGEM team 

  • Completing 3 Co-op work terms in Dr. Abbott’s lab at the Lethbridge Research Centre

  • Having plenty of hands-on experience in a laboratory setting 

  • The amazing and supportive friends I have here 

  • How open and friendly the professors and staff are, and how much they want to see you succeed



“Never put things off! If you want to work with a prof, start asking right away, even in your first year. Same for co-op; get involved as soon as possible and start exploring the possibilities right away!"

Favourite Class: History of Rock
Favourite Social Activity: Grabbing a drink with a friend at the Zoo (or a coffee instead)
Favourite Study Spot: Anywhere in the Science Commons

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • My co-op work terms at the Lethbridge Agriculture Research Centre and at Camp Tamarack

  • U of L’s Liberal Education Policy

  • Working with everyone at the Career Bridge office, and being an ambassador for the co-op program

  • Starting an Independent study and working directly with professors

  • Being a part of the Global Citizenship Cohort in my first year



"Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors! They are here to help you and are not as scary as you think!”

Favourite Class: Sociolinguistics
Favourite Social Activity: Basketball games
Favourite Study Spot: Quiet section of the library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • I have loved meeting new people and making new friends

  • It’s always a good time going to sporting events and cheering on fellow students

  • My favourite classes are anything related to linguistics

  • I love spending time in the pool viewing area

  • Being a TA for LING 2300 has been such a rewarding experience



“Don’t join a sorority. Join clubs, even if the people seem weird at first."

Favourite Class: Analytical Chemistry
Favourite Social Activity: Climbing
Favourite Study Spot: Urban Market

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Amazing teachers that are there and have time to help; I broke my ankle in the spring and the teachers had flexible hours to help out, and for one lab I was able to finish in the summer because I was on crutches

  • Independent studies are amazing because you get the experience of working in a lab, but you also get the course credits for the work you put in

  • Housing was very accommodating and was able to get me into a room in UHall last minute for the last month of the semester after my ankle surgery

  • The ULeth Swing Dancing group has been a great evening activity and a time to learn something new!

  • My rock climbing level has increased substantially in the last year with such easy access to a wall; the regulars there are amazing people and it’s easy to spend a few hours there a week



“'80 percent of success is just showing up’ — Woody Allen Just show up, be present, and do the work. Whatever else happens is part of the ride, and don’t stress the small stuff."

Favourite Class: Neuroscience Research Dialogues
Favourite Social Activity: Board games
Favourite Study Spot: Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • The U of L has been a place where I have met some of the smartest, and most talented people in my life

  • I have been exposed to cutting edge research, and technology that you would have difficulty finding anywhere else

  • I have made lifelong friends here who I hope to keep collaborating with, long after I graduate



“Find what you are passionate about, or even what you think you might be passionate about, and pursue it! There are many ways for students to get involved in a myriad of clubs, groups, and organizations and make their mark on the University community. Explore your interests, and support student organizations!"

Favourite Class: Indigenous Peoples and the Criminal Justice System and Deviance, Conformity, and Social Control
Favourite Social Activity: Hanging out at The Zoo after a full day of classes
Favourite Study Spot: Group workrooms in the Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • An independent study on the duties of journalists covering injustice and turning it into a peer-reviewed journal article

  • Presenting at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Working as a research assistant with Drs. Athena Elafros and Amandine Pras

  • Volunteering with L.P.I.R.G., CKXU, and The Meliorist

  • Working in the Office of Research and Innovation Services through the STEP/CSJ programs 



“The absolute best thing about the U of L is the opportunity for undergrads to engage in research. Do independent studies. Do LOTS of independent studies, as many as you can, with different professors. Do co-op terms in something completely unrelated to your major. This is one of the best times in your life to try different things, so take advantage of the unique opportunity you have to get a breadth of experience."

Favourite Class: Modern Astronomy and Introduction to Cosmology almost convinced me to switch majors
Favourite Social Activity: Brief interactions with the lovely people at Campus Coffee Company
Favourite Study Spot: On a beach in Hawaii. It never happened, but it sounds great, right?

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Let’s Talk Science Coordinator

  • Graduate Students’ Association Council Representative

  • Undergraduate Overlord (Lab instructor)

  • Avid coffee drinker

  • Seriously, there’s an actual tower of coffee cups in my office; I have a problem



Favourite Class: It’s got to be Introduction to Linguistics II: Morphology, Syntax and Semantics for sure
Favourite Social Activity: I’ve loved volunteering with CKXU on campus - it’s a great way to meet other people passionate about music!
Favourite Study Spot: The 9th floor of the library next to a big window

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Learning things I never thought I’d be learning and seeing how they apply to the world around me

  • Taking linguistics courses with Professor Genee - she really is the best!

  • Starting a radio show with the CKXU campus radio station

  • Getting a chance to compete with the Pronghorns Track & Field team

  • Meeting so many students as passionate as I am about learning



“Go to your classes; it’s much easier than catching up later. Enjoy it while it lasts — it goes by fast."

Favourite Class: Any remote sensing classes
Favourite Social Activity: Hanging out with friends
Favourite Study Spot: Library

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Co-op work term with the RDEK in Cranbrook

  • Three years playing University soccer for the Pronghorns

  • Meeting people with the same passions

  • Volunteering with the War Amps of Canada

  • Participating in rec league sports in my free time



“Get into co-op! Study hard and don’t be discouraged by failure—it’s a stepping stone to success."

Favourite Class: Programming Language
Favourite Social Activity: Going to the gym 
Favourite Study Spot: D519

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Co-op 

  • Making a great circle of friends

  • Volunteering at NSO

  • The bonds the profs and instructors have with students

  • Trying new things

Learn more about Prosper's uLethbridge experience:

Shining Student Prosper Ibhamawu



“Although graduate studies is a pretty tough journey, it is worth the effort as I have seen some brilliantly polished researchers coming out of our lab. Being passionate and sincere in everything you do, can take you far in your career. There is no dearth of support in this university and hard-work is always rewarded."

Favourite Class: Molecular Modeling
Favourite Social Activity: Tutoring
Favourite Study Spot: Science Commons, 9th Floor

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Tutoring CHEM 1000 and CHEM 2000 has been the most satisfying experience for me

  • Having such a supportive and caring supervisor (Dr. Stacey Wetmore) has helped me develop immensely as a researcher

  • My lab-mates are the people that helped me through everything from cultural transition to finding best friends

  • The university provides ample opportunities to meet elite scientists from all around the world through seminars and conferences, which helped me develop my presentation skills at the national and international levels

  • Finally, I can’t thank the counselling services enough for being such a great help during the tough periods of my graduate journey



“Take advantage of all the free services around campus! A lot of career or counselling services cost money in the ‘real world’ and when will you get an opportunity to have all these mentors in the same place again? Just do it!"

Favourite Class: Human Neuropsychology
Favourite Social Activity: Pronghorns basketball games
Favourite Study Spot: Anywhere outside (when there’s no snow of course)

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • 8-month co-op term in Maxxam chemistry lab followed by a 4-month co-op term in Ag-Canada genetics lab

  • Leadership within Delta Eta Iota Sorority - Alpha Chapter

  • Volunteering with U of L Neuroscience Club at Brain Awareness Week

  • Co-op Ambassador 

  • Lectures with Dr. Brian Kolb

Read more about Rosie's uLethbridge experience:

Rosie Costen Shines by Keeping an Open Mind and Letting Opportunity Flow In



“Don’t underestimate the value of practical experience! Join clubs, do an independent study, get some volunteer experience, challenge yourself, and never stop learning. Taking your degree beyond the classroom exposes you to new ideas, endows you with valuable skills, and establishes a professional network that can assist you in your post-graduation endeavours.”

Favourite Class: Culture, Evolution, and Human Social Life
Favourite Social Activity: Joining clubs and academic groups
Favourite Study Spot: The library, overlooking the coulees

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Conducting research in David Logue’s Birdsong Lab over two semesters

  • Continuing my research in the Birdsong Lab with an NSERC USRA award

  • Working as a research assistant in the Barrett-Henzi lab, studying children’s play behaviour

  • Joining the Psychology Book Club and Animal Behavior Reading Group

  • Having the opportunity to take classes from a variety of disciplines outside my major

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“You don’t have to get your major right the first time and there is no rush to finish. This is my third major and I feel I have finally got it right! If you really love a class, tell your professor and try to get to know them. Getting to know my favourite professors and asking for independent studies, applied studies, or future classes with them has led to unique opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t reached out and expressed my interest.”

Favourite Class: Human Health, Behaviour, and Social Technologies with Louise Barrett
Favourite Social Activity: Friday lunchtime drop-in yoga
Favourite Study Spot: At home with a cup of coffee and my dog at my feet

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • I have worked on campus at the Sport and Recreation Customer Service Desk since I transferred here in my third year, it has been a great way to meet other students and staff around campus

  • I volunteered on campus planning the 2019 Annual Yoga Rave and will be volunteering again with the upcoming 2020 Yoga Rave

  • I completed an applied study with Victim/Witness Services to gain hands-on experience

  • I have been working on an independent study with Bryan Kolb for the past 3 semesters looking at the relationship between handedness and recovery from concussions

  • If an opportunity arises, I always say yes even if it scares me: for example, after taking several courses with my favourite professor, Louise Barrett, I asked to do an independent study with her, she then invited me to join her graduate-level reading group; as nervous as I was the first class, it pushes me to think more critically and continue to improve my writing skills



“The hard times will pass, and the good times will too. Keeping working hard and looking forward, but make sure you also stop to look back and see how far you have come and how much you’ve grown.”

Favourite Class: Portrayals of Madness in Women’s Writing with Dr. Wendy Faith Usher
Favourite Social Activity: English Students’ Society Student Speaker Colloquium
Favourite Study Spot: Library, Level 10

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Taking a Japanese and Asian Studies minor and participating in an international exchange to Rikkyo University in Tokyo

  • Writing a paper which won the Michael Chan Award in Asian Studies at the U of L and the Klaus Pringsheim Student Presentation Award at the Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference

  • Being a member and executive in clubs such as the English Students’ Society

  • Volunteering and working at the University of Lethbridge International Centre

  • Getting to know so many wonderful students and faculty, and making lifelong friends and connections all over the world



“Get involved in independent studies as soon as you find a subject or an idea you are interested in learning more about or even a professor you’d like to work with. The knowledge you gain from independent studies is invaluable. You will also make great connections with like minded people, and the professors get to know you on an individual level. This can be useful if you ever need advice or even a reference letter.”

Favourite Class: Signal Transduction and Animal Physiology
Favourite Social Activity: Pronghorn basketball games
Favourite Study Spot: Markin Hall

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • I gained work experience at a government lab, researching prions

  • Flagged vehicle at the Hoof-It Run to raise fund for the U of L SU food bank

  • Studied changes in metabolite levels in liver tissue caused by E. Coli

  • Part of the Pre-Med club gave me connections and experience preparing me for vet school

  • Dr. Randall Barley is one of my favourite professors as he helped improve my scientific writing, gave me valuable connections at the ADRI, and continues to give me advice about potential graduate studies



“If you are willing to be positive and open, you will find endless opportunities for learning during and after class.”

Favourite Class: Intro to Software Engineering
Favourite Social Activity: Competitive computer programming club
Favourite Study Spot: D Lab

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • The co-op team and my coordinator Stacey have given me the skills, knowledge, and confidence I need to start my career after graduation

  • Working as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Jackie Rice taught me a great deal about research, about working with a team, and about what I a capable of

  • Being a part of the competitive computer programming club introduced me to some great people and has enhanced my ability to solve problems

  • There are many professors who are really passionate about what they do and are happy to interact with students outside of class

  • Being here has made me more confident than ever that I possess the skills and attitude to be an asset wherever I end up in the future



“Whether its a professor, fellow student, or friend, do not be nervous to just ask. Remember that you are a STUDENT who is here to learn and improve your skills. You are not expected to know all the answers, you are just expected to try.”

Favourite Social Activity: Yoga Club
Favourite Study Spot: My lab

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Networking opportunities

  • Students

  • International friends

  • Volunteering for the yoga club

  • Career opportunities



“Make sure to balance your time after school! It’s easy to take a break and let assignments pile up, and then have to spend all week working on them! If you plan your time out in advance, you can make sure that you have free time as well as study time!”

Favourite Class: Diversity of Life
Favourite Social Activity: Socializing at lunch break
Favourite Study Spot: Library rooms that you can book

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • Working in Professor Golsteyn’s Natural Product Laboratory through applied and independent studies

  • Working with Agility’s Campus Ecology Cohort during the summer

  • Studying together with friends in the library before tests

  • Helping to tutor friends between classes

  • Having lunch together with friends at the cafeteria



“Explore your passions fearlessly and zealously. Reach out and ask as many questions as possible to a professor with research that interests them. If you aren’t sure about what your passion is, speak to an advisor or professor you feel comfortable with and who can lead you towards the direction that is best suited for you. Join clubs to meet people in different fields and also to learn from others and in the process hopefully learn about yourself.”

Favourite Class: Field Botany
Favourite Social Activity: The University of Lethbridge Campus Ecology Project
Favourite Study Spot: The Penny Coffee House

What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

  • With guidance from my professors, I have had the opportunity to attend multiple conferences and workshops relevant to the environmental field

  • I have successfully completed both an independent study and an applied study in my area of interest

  • I am currently doing a co-op with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, working in environmental chemistry

  • I was the first student to work on and present the University of Lethbridge Campus Ecology project, which is a project that aims to re-introduce native prairie species on campus, as well as to create a more sustainable campus

  • Following advice from professors, a U of L advisor, and staff, I’ve been able to explore my passion for both science and the liberal arts

Read more about Valentina's experience: Valentina Ibarra Galvis: International Day of Women and Girls in Science