Past and Present Shining Students

Since 2017/18, students have been recognized as and participated in our Shining Student initiative. Many students are nominated in several academic years, but for this purpose, they are listed the first year they are nominated. Please note that some of the details may have changed for the Shining Student profiles featured within this section. Quite often we have name changes for programs, courses and departments and faculty and staff may have moved on, but at the time of posting to the web, the details were current. If you would like to learn more about something mentioned and can't find a reference to it on our websites, please contact and we will do our best to assist.


2019/20 Shining Students



"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



“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 Accommodated Learning Center (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


“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.



“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



“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
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


“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


“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

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



“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



“ 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



“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

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



    “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



    “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



    “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 AllenJust 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



    “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



    “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

    Sierra Bruining


    “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 to 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



    “Join a lab to get experience working with the principal investigator and lab members.”

    Favourite Study Spot: Office

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Be able to concentrate on research projects with the flexibility of taking courses as a graduate student

    • Scholarships and graduate assistantships availability

    • Opportunities for attending conferences

    • Friendly and helpful university staff

    2018/19 Shining Students

    Behroo Shining Student


    “Don’t be shy to get involved in research while being an undergrad. Make sure you understand the theory behind your project well.”

    Favourite Class: Brain and Behaviour
    Favourite Social Activity: CCBN Open House
    Favourite Study Spot: CCBN

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • I found my passion for neuroscience research through independent study courses
    • Grateful to my supervisors Dr. Mohajerani and Prof. Whishaw for giving me the opportunity to shine
    • Enjoyed being a Graduate Assistant for neuroscience and kinesiology courses
    • Learned about the optogenetic technique and how fascinating it is to manipulate the brain with light
    • Developed great friends throughout my Master’s
    Bryden Shining Student


    “Don’t limit your options, always remain open-minded and willing to accept challenges. Sometimes the route you end up taking is much different than the route you initially planned to take.”

    Favourite Class: Animal Physiology
    Favourite Social Activity: Studying with friends
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Joined the Co-operative Education program during my first year at the U of L
    • During my first co-op work term, I was included as a co-author on a published research article
    • During my second co-op work term, I was the main author for a comprehensive literature review written for Agriculture Canada
    • Volunteer as a Naturalist at the Helen Schuler Nature Center
    • Volunteer as a Co-op Ambassador for the Career Bridge office
    Claire Niehaus Shining Student


    “Get involved and take control of your university experience. Coming to university can be incredibly intimidating but be assured, everyone is just as nervous as you are! Step out of your comfort zone and join a club, pursue a class you find personally interesting and reach out to other like-minded students. University is a place that fosters both academic and social advancement and you get to be an active part of that. Take advantage or every opportunity presented to you, work hard, and try to find the best in every day.”

    Favourite Class: Research Methods in Neuroscience
    Favourite Social Activity: Fresh Fest
    Favourite Study Spot: Library, 9th Floor

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Independent studies are an incredible opportunity to dip your toes in the world of student research and contribute to significant scientific advancements led by leading researchers in their field
    • Summer Student Research work terms have allowed me the opportunity to explore and pursue my interest in scientific research and further my research potential
    • Honours Thesis: This course allows students the opportunity to work independently on a research project under the supervision of a professor and will allow me to advance my research capabilities and critical reasoning
    • Volunteering with Let’s Talk Science has been an incredible opportunity to share my love of science with others through outreach and bringing science experiments into classrooms and to community events in Lethbridge and the surrounding area
    • Undergraduate Presentation Experience: The University of Lethbridge provides immense opportunities for students participating in research to share their learning and accomplishments through undergraduate conferences hosted at the university as well as encouraging and accommodating students attending conferences throughout the province. The opportunity to converse with and learn from peers both in my discipline and in other disciplines is a great asset in my academic future
    Cody Barnson Shining Student


    “Get involved early! Co-op work terms, relevant part/full-time work, volunteer, research studies, short-term contracts, local U of L clubs, etc. anything you can do to gain experience in your field of study. Reach out to professors and peers in your department. If your heart’s not in it, change direction. Have a plan!”

    Favourite Class: Practical Problem-Solving in Computer Science
    Favourite Social Activity: Competitive Programming Contests
    Favourite Study Spot: Computer Science Lab

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • I changed major designation several times until I found my passion
    • Competitive Programming Club (ACM-ICPC)
    • Co-operative Education
    • Hands-on learning
    • Friends and colleagues
    Daniel Rocca Shining Student


    “Talk to your professors and to the applied studies office about becoming involved in applied/independent studies. These are great ways to gain practical experience but they are student-initiated, so many students do not take advantage of these opportunities until later in their degrees.”

    Favourite Class: Proteins, Enzymes and Nucleic Acids
    Favourite Social Activity: Humans vs Zombies 2016
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Incredible opportunities for research experience
    • Plenty of clubs to join
    • Professors often collaborate to increase breadth of information covered in classes
    • Co-op terms are very flexible, allowing me to turn pre-existing jobs into co-op work terms
    • Co-ops and applied studies give relevant skill to succeed in classes
    Darren Van Essen Shining Student


    “Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge available to you from your professors. Follow your interests and don’t be afraid to be inquisitive!”

    Favourite Class: Organic Chemistry II
    Favourite Social Activity: Getting coffee with friends
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • It has been an eye-opening experience to scientific research as part of the Research Internship Concentration
    • Meeting interesting people from various places, various disciplines, various backgrounds, and sharing stories about individual experiences
    • Working in the Shultz lab after receiving an NSERC undergraduate award
    • Taking many different types of classes and learning about various disciplines
    • The expansive opportunities to contribute to scientific research as an undergraduate student
    David McWatters Shining Student


    “Never be afraid to ask questions. Ask about things being taught in lectures, about the research you are doing in the lab, or about anything you find yourself thinking. The more you understand about even seemingly trivial things can lead to incredible insight, and you will almost certainly get more out of any experience for it.”

    Favourite Class: RNA Biology
    Favourite Social Activity: Game Nights
    Favourite Study Spot: The Lab

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Helping to engage new undergraduate students in independent research through the Research Internship Concentration
    • Presenting research at a conference in Kyoto, Japan
    • Acting as the Biology Graduate Student representative
    • Being able to collaborate and share ideas with other labs through ARRTI
    • The direct and personal interaction with professors for each of the departments I am associated with
    Douglas Turnbull Shining Student


    “Take as many interesting and unique classes outside of your major as possible. Talk to your professors and do independent studies. Fully embrace the liberal education afforded to you!”

    Favourite Class: Group Theory
    Favourite Social Activity: Let's Do Science Day!
    Favourite Study Spot: Just outside the examination room, minutes before the exam

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Graduated with a BSc Chemistry and received the Governor General’s Silver Medal in 2015
    • Completed an Honour’s Thesis studying highly reactive tungsten compounds
    • Have presented research at national and international conferences (and even won awards!)
    • Volunteered as a demonstrator for Let’s Talk Science
    • Have never had coffee better than what is brewed at the Campus Coffee Company
    Elaine Toth


    “The journey is everything. - Virginia Woolf ... Try to remember that, even on the bad days.”

    Favourite Class: Any and all history classes
    Favourite Social Activity: Attending Mainstage and TheatreXtra Productions with my sister
    Favourite Study Spot: Home office

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Presenting at conferences in the UK, Quebec and Ontario
    • Graduate Assistant with the Centre for Oral History and Tradition under the supervision of Dr. Heidi MacDonald, Dr. Carol Williams, Dr. Jenna Bailey
    • Graduate Assistant with the Institute for Child and Youth Studies under the leadership of Dr. Kristine Alexander
    • Research Assistant with the Nikkei Memory Capture Project led by Dr. Carly Adams and Dr. Darren Aoki
    • Opportunity to pursue a master's degree in history under the supervision of Dr. Amy Shaw
    Elizabeth Eremenko Shining Student


    “Attempt to partake in the many different opportunities and experiences uLethbridge has to offer such as independent studies, tutoring and labs. The university has so many resources that can help you grow as a student: go to study sessions, chat with professors and challenge yourself by taking classes that will enhance your skills and knowledge as much as possible.”

    Favourite Class: Animal Physiology
    Favourite Social Activity: Volunteering at Special Olympics
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Participated in 5 independent studies
    • Have been a tutor for a year and a half
    • Made so many great friends in many different faculties
    • Have enjoyed doing many different biology labs and experiments
    • uLethbridge has given me the skills and tools I need to pursue any future career pertaining to science

    Elizabeth Hosker Shining Student


    “Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone, join a club, take a random class, say hi to strangers! This place and these people become your home and family! Take it all in.”

    Favourite Class: Sport psychology
    Favourite Social Activity: Therapy Dogs
    Favourite Study Spot: The pool viewing area or the bean bags in the curr lab.

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Dr. Scott Rathwell and my independent research study
    • Living in residence
    • Volunteering/coaching for sports teams for kids with disabilities
    • Any sport psychology classes
    • Small classes that create an individualized learning environment
    Emily Jones Shining Student


    “Read the syllabus! Find study partners as soon as you can, they can become some of the best resources and friends you’ll make in university. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to the professor or go to office hours, they’re not that scary (most of them anyway), and they’re usually eager to help.”

    Favourite Class: Design and Analysis of Experiments
    Favourite Social Activity: Uleth Ascent Climbing Centre
    Favourite Study Spot: Quiet floor of the library or the Water Building

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • I have worked with 3 different professors in different independent study projects
    • Climbing at Ascent Climbing Centre on campus with friends has been one of my favourite weekly activities
    • Working with the Destination Exploration organization on campus as a kids “tech maker” club leader has been one of the highlights of my time at Uleth
    • I worked with Dr. Laura Chasmer and Dr. Chris Hopkinson doing lidar calibration and validation surveys over the summer as a research assistant, where I got to travel all across Alberta and the Northwest Territories
    • Joining both the geography and climbing club has introduced me to many like-minded people, and gave me a great chance to form a supportive, fun out-door community in Lethbridge
    Fowzia Lopa


    “Be positive about learning - listen first, then talk. You play your role in society, don’t stop.”

    Favourite Class: Postmodernism
    Favourite Social Activity: Dance club, colour women's club
    Favourite Study Spot: Research A450

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Education system
    • Multiple disciplines in the seminar class
    • Friends from multiple cultures
    • Department of Indigenous studies
    • Digital Classroom
    Hannah Scott Shining Student


    “Never stop asking questions, especially the ones that nobody else will ask. And never be afraid to say ‘I don’t know yet’."

    Favourite Class: Anything that lets me get my hands dirty in a lab!
    Favourite Social Activity: Trips to the Coffee Co.!
    Favourite Study Spot: Galileo's. Also my favourite place to nap.

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Being involved with the design and execution of my own project, and answering the questions I want to ask
    • Attending and presenting my research at conferences throughout Alberta
    • Embracing opportunities for professional development through a variety of workshops, retreats and classes facilitated by the University of Lethbridge
    • Developing a diverse worldview through the university’s liberal education philosophy
    • Making meaningful and lasting connections with my mentors and peers
    Hope Vienneau Shining Student


    “My advice to future students is to partake in any and every opportunity that comes your way, especially any research opportunities. The U of L has a phenomenal undergraduate research program and gives you an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned and create connections for your future. Not only does it boost your CV and count as course credit, but it’s also a great way to meet people with similar interests, participate in symposiums, and learn critical thinking skills. Working in a research lab has been the best part of my Bachelor’s degree, and I ended up pursuing a Master's degree and applying to grad school because of it.”

    Favourite Class: Survey of American Literature with Gretchen Scott
    Favourite Social Activity: ARRTI annual social event
    Favourite Study Spot: In bed with a giant cup of coffee!

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Working in a biochemistry research lab under Ute Kothe
    • Coaching junior high volleyball
    • Minoring in English
    • Completing an undergraduate thesis
    • Being vice-president of the French Club
    Hunter Johnson Shining Student


    “Don’t be afraid of failure, use it as a stepping stone to peruse your journey to achievement.”

    Favourite Class: Principles of Genetics
    Favourite Social Activity: Attending pronghorns basketball games
    Favourite Study Spot: In the library or at home

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Professors are great and easy to access.
    • Many fun activities that happen throughout the months to keep yourself busy
    • Class sizes are nice and don’t get too big
    • Access to health or academic advising is simple to get access too
    • Sporting events are a blast to attend and the atmosphere keeps things fun
    Jan Tuescher Shining Student


    “Independent/applied studies are a huge asset at the U of L that help you gain first-hand research experience side-by-side with a professor. You don’t have to have your future planned out but make sure you are passionate about what you are doing.”

    Favourite Class: Animal Physiology - Treatment of a beating/live frog heart with stimulants/depressants
    Favourite Social Activity: Intramural floor hockey - Go Moves Like Jagr!
    Favourite Study Spot: Couch with a cozy blanket and coffee!

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Living on campus and later working for the residence community helped me become a better student, make friends and gain lots of networking opportunities
    • Independent studies allowed me to gain first-hand research experience early on and led me to complete an Honours Thesis and now to pursue a Masters in cancer research
    • Intramural sports were a healthy way to relieve stress from exams/studying, while hanging out with friends
    Jeremy Wu Shining Student


    “Time management is the key factor to success in university. Have your very own organizational tool that plans your entire semester’s reading and allocated play/ study time. I personally used an excel sheet that is completed in the beginning of every semester so I never have to worry about what I will be doing in the future as it is all already planned. This also leads to a natural eagerness to get ahead in your classes.”

    Favourite Class: Belief, Truth, and Paradox
    Favourite Social Activity: Basketball
    Favourite Study Spot: Home

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Co-op work term at Husky Energy
    • Re-ratifying the photography club
    • Growth from independence
    • Extremely approachable professors
    • Small classes
    Kaden Fujita


    “Don’t be afraid to get to know your professors and ask questions. They are more than willing to help you in your classes if you need them.”

    Favourite Class: Signal Transduction
    Favourite Social Activity: Intramural Hockey
    Favourite Study Spot: Study Lounge

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Meeting lots of new people from different towns and cities who share similar interests
    • uLethbridge has allowed me to create new relationships with peers and professors
    • Great experiences being a part of the Research Internship Concentration (RIC)
    • Getting to learn directly from professors who contribute to scientific research and advancement
    • Working in the Russell Lab during the summer as a part of an NSERC USRA
    Kairvee Bhatt


    “You are a lifelong learner and that means exploring your potential and constantly developing it. Get involved, explore your passions, and advocate for yourself! A post-secondary education often also translates to a character education. Make the most of your journey and remember you get what you put in. An open attitude may not necessarily mean you’ll succeed, but you’ll feel a lot better going into a venture knowing it aligns with your interests. The University of Lethbridge was built on the foundations of Liberal Education, take advantage of this unique hands-on learning experience. University is a learning curve, but know that you don’t have to go through anything alone. There is tremendous support available, from clubs and other groups, to resources on campus that you can utilize."

    Favourite Class: Managing Not-for-Profit Organizations
    Favourite Social Activity: Meeting friends at the Zoo!
    Favourite Study Spot: Agility Ideation Lab (M2039)

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Premier First Year Rep, ULSU
    • Case Competition Participant
    • Student Mentor, Enrollment Services
    • Enactus University of Lethbridge Co-Founder
    • Commercial Banking RBC, co-op
    Kamiko Bressler


    “It is never too early to get involved in the University of Lethbridge community. There is so much to offer from research opportunities to school clubs and sports teams!”

    Favourite Class: Gene Expression in Health and Disease
    Favourite Social Activity: Chemistry & Biochemistry Club
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • I have done undergraduate research in the biology and chemistry/biochemistry department for independent studies, summer jobs, and my Honours Thesis
    • I have defended my Honours Thesis and am now working towards my Master’s degree
    • I have been a part of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Club for four years, and am now an executive member
    • During my undergraduate degree, I have been able to enrich my scientific knowledge by taking relevant courses with my supervisor including my favourite class, Gene Expression in Health and Disease
    • Through the Chemistry & Biochemistry Club, I have made friends and collaborators within the University of Lethbridge
    Kate Chua


    “Work hard not only in school but to become the best version of yourself.”

    Favourite Class: Neuroscience, surprise! 
    Favourite Social Activity: Anytime they give out free food 
    Favourite Study Spot: The pool viewing area 

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique? 

    • Independent studies at the CCBN
    • Volunteering at the university
    • URSCA conference
    • Neuroscience club
    • NSERC and AHS Studentships
    Katrina Taylor


    “Expand your horizons. Take classes outside of your discipline. And always remember, the Coffee Company has the best coffee on campus!”

    Favourite Class: An independent study (in academic writing) with Cliff Lobe was amazing!
    Favourite Social Activity: Studying
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Creating a uni family
    • Being devoted to academics
    • Building personal relationships with professors
    • The ability to seize all opportunities given to me, such as joining the Research Internship Concentration
    • Volunteering at the Chinook Regional Hospital
    Keiran Vanden Dungen


    “I would advise future students to begin looking into opportunities early! Co-op programs and independent studies are a great way to learn the type of research happening at the university.”

    Favourite Class: Genome Maintenance
    Favourite Social Activity: Taco Tuesday at the zoo
    Favourite Study Spot: Uhall Atrium 24 Hour study room

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Excellent independent studies opportunities
    • Supportive lab
    • Honours thesis
    • Summer research programs
    • Small class sizes encouraged bonding with people sharing my major
    Luke Saville


    “Get involved in a research group at the university as early as possible. It will open up to a lot of avenues at university such as unique classes, independent studies, volunteer opportunities, and a lot of great people at the university.”

    Favourite Class: Bioinformatics
    Favourite Social Activity: Volunteering
    Favourite Study Spot: 11th floor of the library

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Independent study work on molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease in The Zovoilis Lab
    • Started volunteering with Let’s Talk Science - Lethbridge
    • Joined the 2018 University of Lethbridge iGEM Team (student member)
    • Joined the 2018 Lethbridge High School iGEM Team (advisor)
    • Presenting my 2018 iGEM project in Boston
    Madeline Szabo


    “Get involved, do your best, and don’t forget to take care of yourself first and ask for help when you need it! Everyone has special interests and skills that can thrive at the U of L. Whether you’re interested in athletics, volunteering, the arts, research or any other number of things, there is a team, a classroom, a club and a group of people where you belong. It makes University so much more special and fun to do things you love! Finally, look after yourself and your mental and physical health, you are the most important person even when school and life and everything else gets crazy! There are resources, faculty, staff and friends at every corner to help you along the way, so take full advantage.”

    Favourite Class: Evolution of Brain and Behaviour
    Favourite Social Activity: Hanging out with my teammates, whether it’s at basketball/hockey games or our track meets, or during volunteer opportunities
    Favourite Study Spot: The Library or Starbucks!

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Athletics: My experience as a Track and Field athlete at the U of L has been amazing so far. I am a hammer thrower, and it’s here I have been given access to great training facilities and equipment, wonderful teammates, my amazing Coach Larry, and a huge amount of support
    • Volunteering/Service: There are countless ways that living in Lethbridge and attending the U of L allows me to give back; some examples of places I volunteer are Operation Red Nose, The Rotaract Club, Chinook Regional Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, All Saints Parish, and coaching local youth
    • Academics: Learning from some of the leading neuroscientists and seeing firsthand the research that is being done is an incredible opportunity, and with the new science building being built it is exciting to see what else is in store. Dr. Shelly Wismath has been a huge support for me and has reinforced to me the privilege I have in accessing a liberal education
    • Student Services: since being at the U of L there has been no shortage in support in a variety of ways. Academic advising has been extremely helpful, and the health and counselling services on campus have truly played a big role in my success. There are also constantly opportunities for students to receive help whether it’s with school, studying habits, future careers and success and mental health initiatives, which makes the U of L stand out to me as a school that really cares about its students

    Madison Bourassa


    "Get involved in the school/community and take every opportunity that comes your way.”

    Favourite Class: Introduction to Cinema Studies
    Favourite Social Activity: Welcome Back BBQ
    Favourite Study Spot: Group study rooms and UHall by Urban Market

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Hands-on experience opportunities (labs, research)
    • Small class sizes and professors that truly care about your education
    • Therapy dogs, calm cafe, and other activities to boost student morale
    • Beautiful campus
    • The Research Internship Concentration

    Marina Galatonov


    “The first year is always the most difficult but keep working hard, don’t let a bad grade get you down and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The profs always make time for students and they will be happy to help you especially if you show interest and determination. Get involved in clubs because they are a great way to meet new people and learn something.”

    Favourite Class: Cellular Basis of Life (including the lab)
    Favourite Social Activity: Volunteering for the new student orientation
    Favourite Study Spot: The pool viewing area

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Many research opportunities (Research Internship Concentration)
    • Fun and supportive clubs (Premed Club)
    • Amazing profs and lab instructors that want you to succeed
    • Opportunities to go to conferences and meet students interested in research (URSCA)
    • The amazing view of the coulees from U-Hall
    Mary Siever


    “Work hard and seek help and support. Challenge yourself but remember to balance your life. Learn the resources and supports available and don’t forget to use them when needed. Academic Advising is very helpful!”

    Favourite Class: There are several. Jane Austen, Advanced Feminist Research, and Marriage & Citizenship
    Favourite Social Activity: Meeting with my fellow classmates for a visit
    Favourite Study Spot: A quiet spot by the recital hall

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • I have found the learning enlightening and engaging
    • I’ve met many wonderful individuals who have helped me achieve my goals
    • Several professors have made a huge difference. Specifically: Jo-Anne Fiske, Suzanne Lenon, Heather Ladd, Wendy Faith-Usher, Carol Williams, Francine Young, Glenda Bonifacio, Caroline Hodes, Maureen Hawkins
    • My family have been my greatest support and encouragement
    • I have discovered new passions (such as a love for social science research)
    Michelle Snidal


    “Never be afraid to ask questions or talk to people. Most of the students are in the exact same spot as each other--stressed, afraid, a little insecure--but just talking to people makes university that more fun. You may not be best friends with everyone you meet, but seeing people that you know and can connect with about inane stuff makes you feel like a part of something bigger.”

    Favourite Class: Historiography
    Favourite Social Activity: Coffee with friends between classes
    Favourite Study Spot: Library, Level 9

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • I was chosen to take a Master’s level class during my undergraduate. It was honestly really fun and it showed me that I wanted to take my Master’s after I graduate
    • All the clubs I joined helped me meet new people and establish a great group of friends that I’m really lucky to have
    • All of my amazing professors made my undergrad so much fun! I have too many favourite professors who are so supportive that it made class registration very hard!
    • The community events that the U of L hosts allows students to expand beyond our campus. The annual Arches fundraiser is always a lot of fun, raises money for a great organization, and spreads awareness throughout the campus
    • The Campus Coffee Company
    Molly Tilley


    “Make meaningful relationships with your profs. In order to meet people and network, you have to put yourself out there.”

    Favourite Class: Biology of Parasitism
    Favourite Social Activity: Fresh Fest (in my 1st and 2nd years)
    Favourite Study SpotLibrary 24-hour study area

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Summer co-op position at the research station
    • Independent study in Kovalchuck and Goater labs
    • Summer research position in Goater lab
    • HPI boot camp
    • Dr. Barley's seminar class
    Nadia Hand


    “The University of Lethbridge is full of amazing and unique experiences that I’m very thankful to be a part of.”

    Favourite Class: Research Internship I: Scientific Discovery (as part of the Research Internship Cohort)
    Favourite Social Activity: Sporting events
    Favourite Study Spot: Library study rooms

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Going to this university is very inspiring, you feel as though you and your education really matter
    • Being a part of the research internship cohort is an amazing experience
    • There are so many opportunities for everyone, I have learned so many life long skills
    Sarah Jones


    “Don’t overwhelm yourself, take summer classes if necessary, they aren’t so bad and sometimes courses are offered in the summer that aren’t offered during the fall and spring semesters!”

    Favourite Class: Animal Communication with David Logue
    Favourite Social Activity: Psych club events and surf trip
    Favourite Study Spot: Library group workrooms

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Executive member of the psychology club for a couple of years
    • Really interested in animal communication and their relationships with each other and humans
    • Took part in Stepping Up workshop - related to relationship violence
    • Went on the annual Surf Trip, met a lot of cool people
    • Met people from all over the world who have come to U of L
    Sydnee Calhoun


    “Try to get involved in research early on to gain practical lab experience as well as a better understanding of how research actually works. In doing so you get to work with graduate students and learn more from them and you also get to know the professors in the department better.”

    Favourite Class: Organic Chemistry II
    Favourite Social Activity: Late night science parties
    Favourite Study Spot: In the lab

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Competing at the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM) at the Collegiate level and receiving nominations for our 2017 project
    • Advising the High School iGEM team since 2016
    • Working with Destination Exploration to promote STEM initiatives
    • Doing Summer research and an Honours Thesis in the Wieden lab
    • Participating in the co-op program and completing two work terms at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre
    Tanner Layton


    “Ask more questions than you give answers. Seek out unhappiness and learn from it. There is no one right way to live a human life. The personal is always the political. Read Sara Ahmed.”

    Favourite Class: There are many, including The Meaning of Life, The Individual and Society, Social Cognition, and Research Methodology
    Favourite Social Activity: Playing cards, watching sports, eating wings, drinking beer
    Favourite Study Spot: Good Earth Coffeehouse, Starbucks

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Explored media representations of Justin Bieber in an independent study with Dr. Kim Mair
    • Examined ‘Blue Jay fever’ and its economic implications in a sociology paper for Dr. Tom Perks
    • Observed the subtleties of biopolitics and state violence during my co-op workterm with Indigenous Services Canada
    • Being a teaching assistant gave me an opportunity to have insightful learning experiences with other like-minded students
    • Got to read Albert Camus’ novel The Stranger on a beach in Cancun for Dr. Laderoute’s summer philosophy course
    Tiffany Higham


    “Be patient with yourself and find the study method that works for you and stick to it. A bad grade is an opportunity for growth! Talk to your professors and ask them questions. Make time for yourself and for your friends/family/partner(s).”

    Favourite Class: Medical Sociology or Sociology of Sport
    Favourite Social Activity: Events put on by the Campus Women’s Centre
    Favourite Study Spot: Markin study rooms or home!

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Independent study about gender binaries in sport
    • Volunteering with the Campus Women’s Centre
    • Attending performances partially funded by LPIRG (Ivan Coyote and Vivek Shraya to name two)
    • Presenting at North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (October 2018)
    • Getting the opportunity to interact with my professors
    Yash Patel


    “Take advantage of all the different opportunities that come your way. Stepping outside your comfort zone will help you gain new experiences and expand your knowledge. Despite all the chaos, relentlessly strive towards achieving your goals. Always remember, you define your own happiness and create your own success!”

    Favourite Class: Computer Graphics
    Favourite Social Activity: Perogies and Karaoke Tuesdays
    Favourite Study Spot: Markin Group Work Rooms

    What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Co-op work term as an Informatics Analyst for the Government of Canada
    • Co-op work term as a GIS Technician for a natural gas company
    • University of Lethbridge Geography Club Executive and Co-op Ambassador
    • One on One learning experiences with professors
    • Out of class learning opportunities

    2017/2018 Shining Students

    Amanda Weiler


    "It’s okay to change your mind about everything.”

    Favourite Class: Research Methods in Neuroscience
    Favourite Social Activity: Blue & Gold Athletics Banquet
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Varsity Track and Field
    • Co-op work term with Health Canada in Ottawa, ON
    • Co-op work term with the Department of National Defence, Defence Research & Development Canada
    • Undergraduate Research at the CCBN (Applied Studies)
    • Heritage Youth Researcher Summer Program


    “Own your education, ask questions, learn about what you love, and get involved in the things that you are passionate about.”

    Favourite Class: All ecology classes!
    Favourite Social Activity: Sport Intramurals
    Favourite Study Spot: Home

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Global Citizenship Cohort
    • Friendliness and availability of profs
    • Oldman Watershed Council volunteer/board of directors 
    • Self-initiate co-op term
    • Independent study/being a tutor for Liberal Education 1000

    Araba Sagoe


    "It’s okay to not know what’s next. Set an immediate goal, and reach for that.”

    Favourite Class: Animal Physiology
    Favourite Social Activity: Graduate student activities!
    Favourite Study Spot: My lab

     What makes my uLethbridge experience unique?

    • Being a part of Graduate Students' Association
    • Volunteering to be an International Student Mentor
    • Gaining experience in dealing with situations
    • Knowing there’s someone to talk to about future prospects
    • Karis, Claire and Ima at the International Centre

    Ashley Henrickson


    “Look for opportunities to get involved on campus both inside and outside of your department!”

    Favourite Class: Early Modern Britain
    Favourite Social Activity: ORS Events!
    Favourite Study Spot: Study Cubbies in the Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Chinook Summer Research Award Recipient 2014 and 2015
    • Research Assistant (History) Summer 2016, Fall 2014
    • Exhibitor at Galt Museum for ‘Undergraduate Works about Women’s History’
    • The Organization of Residence Students (ORS): Residence Assistant, VP Parkway, Business Manager
    • Canadian Cancer Awareness Club-Executive

    Blair Yoxall


    "Join lots of clubs and get to know your instructors. If you can develop meaningful relationships with your peers and professors, you’ll get the most out of your university experience. And if you’re moving to Lethbridge, explore the city. Explore the communities neighbouring the city. Find what it is that people love about Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. If you put in the effort to love Lethbridge, Lethbridge will love you back.”

    Favourite Class: Theorizing Women's Lives: Feminist Frameworks
    Favourite Social Activity: Chatting with friends in the NASA lounge
    Favourite Study Spot: 9th floor by the windows in the day and Markin Hall at night

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Resources for Indigenous students
    • Strong sense of community
    • Co-op work term in Ottawa
    • Numerous clubs and volunteer opportunities
    • Close proximity to great places

    Brooke Kapeller


    "Please do not be scared to approach your profs or join clubs! Everyone here is super nice & willing to help you find ways to complete your goals & be happy. Also, enjoy it while it lasts!"

    Favourite Class: Anything in Geographical Information Science (GIS)
    Favourite Social Activity: Geography Club Hikes
    Favourite Study Spot: Quiet area of the library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • All of my profs have been great!
    • The Geography Club
    • Classes that took me outside
    • An independent study at Red Rock Coulee over summer 2016 & learning lots of fieldwork methods
    • There are a ton of resources on campus to help students (library (research), counselling, co-op office, profs, other students, etc.)

    Catherine Laskowski


    "Take advantage of the excellent opportunities at uLethbridge to do undergraduate research. You will gain work experience, create professional networks, build your resume, and contribute meaningfully to the academic discourse."

    Favourite Class: Introduction to Neurotechnology
    Favourite Social Activity: GSA Wine & Cheese
    Favourite Study Spot: CCBN

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Challenging, fulfilling work
    • Meeting people from wide and disparate backgrounds
    • Knowledgeable, supportive faculty
    • Learning how to be a critical consumer of information
    • Mentoring undergraduate and high school students and watching them flourish


    "It might sound corny but university is a chance to explore who you are as a person. Don’t limit yourself! Seize every opportunity you get here and try lots of new things, you might be surprised at all the experiences you’re opened up to when you put yourself out there. Also, it’s okay if you run out of breath walking up the Fine Arts stairs, we all do.”

    Favourite Class: Urban Anthropology with Jan Newberry
    Favourite Social Activity: Soccer intramurals and Pronghorns basketball games (watching people struggle to walk against the wind is an honourable mention)
    Favourite Study Spot: Observation deck by the pool

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Working on an independent study on student drug Use with one of my favourite professors, Steve Ferzacca
    • Serving as President and Vice President of the University African & Caribbean Students Association
    • Writing articles for the Meliorist student magazine 
    • Being part of the research team for professor Jan Newberry’s student retention project
    • Working as a Residence Assistant and Vice President of the Organization of Residence Students



    “Look for all the opportunities and ways to learn and take advantage of them. Be a good citizen on and off-campus.”

    Favourite Class(s): History of Women; Evolution of the Brain and Behavior
    Favourite Social Activity: Comradery with other graduate students​
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Grateful for a liberal education
    • Opportunity at every corner: independent studies, COHT
    • The sense of belonging
    • Support
    • Encouragement

    Emily Demyen


    "Get to know yourself and follow the path that makes YOU happy."

    Favourite Class: Sound(s) & Society
    Favourite Social Activity: Going for coffee
    Favourite Study Space: Cozy chairs in Markin

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • My co-op work term has been the biggest confidence boost because I was finally able to recognize my unique skills and abilities
    • Exceptional professors whose passion radiate in the classroom, have taught me how to think through things critically, which has served me a great deal
    • Merging Animal Assisted Therapy and Art Therapy (HLSC3850) was the coolest course I've ever taken
    • We are so lucky to attend a university that prioritizes liberal education
    • I love being surrounded by so many aspirational academics - it's contagious!

    Erin Davis


    "Get to know your professors, and utilize their knowledge and experience. I would highly recommend doing an applied or independent study, or both. This way you can focus your learning and experiences on something you are passionate about."

    Favourite Class: Concepts and Methods in the Study of Religion
    Favourite Social Activity: Therapy dogs
    Favourite Study Spot: Breakout rooms in the Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Volunteered for Lethbridge Family Services: Immigrant Services, working with the Bhutanese seniors of Lethbridge on a gardening project
    • Working with our on-campus mental health educator to plan and implement stress reduction activities for students, along with educational individuals about mental health issues
    • Dr. Mather has guided and inspired me on my educational path, in a very supportive and compassionate manner
    • Being able to contact and meet with professors who will spend time answering questions and supporting you in your future goals makes all the difference
    • I was able to complete two independent studies. This is an excellent way to study something you are passionate about that may not be offered in any other class

    Erin Kelly


    "If you are even a little curious about research or lab work in any field, get involved early. The learning curve is steep, but the opportunities that it generates is amazing. It will help you in class, with networking, and develop skills that may not be addressed in class, such as public speaking. I have learned more valuable skills from research work than I have from my classes."

    Favourite Class: Bioenergetics and Metabolism
    Favourite Social Activity: Welcome BBQ
    Favourite Study Spot: Pool Viewing Area

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Biochem research at uLethbridge in Grade 11 - Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) program
    • High School International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) team (student & instructor)
    • Started a biotechnology company and won two local business plan competitions
    • Co-op work term bioengineering lab at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia
    • Honours Thesis studying RNA modifications



    "Prepare yourself for the most work you have ever done, but the most fun you will ever have!"

    Favourite Class: Orientation to Teaching
    Favourite Social Activity: Dirty Bingo
    Favourite Study Spot: Library - 10th Level Armchairs

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Co-op work term at a Wildlife Interpretation Centre in Creston, BC
    • I have taken a ton of classes, from an Introduction to Music to Principles of Microbiology
    • I have taken part in several clubs, like the Vocal Harmony Society and the Chemistry/Biochemistry Club
    • U of L Conservatory Choirs, the Incanto Singers
    • Volunteered as a Student Advisor for the High School iGEM team

    Ira Provost

    Cross-Cultural Educator. Blackfoot Guardian. Musician.

    "Before class one begins locate your support systems, and see what they can do for you; always know that every uLethbridge staff (& graduate student) wants to see you succeed and do great things!"

    Favourite Class: History of Rock and Roll (1 & 2)
    Favourite Social Activity: Native American Awareness Week
    Favourite Study Spot: Urban Market

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Sustainable future for my Blackfoot heritage through critical analysis of academic and non-academic work involving Indigenous people
    • Enriched creative and artistic interests through academic insight
    • Enlightened and incredibly encouraged to see the potential of many new undergraduate students and have been proud to see them continue and succeed, especially the FNMI students!
    • I am happy to see the uLethbridge begin to incorporate FNMI values and beliefs into all sectors of the uLethbridge campus and community and include the FNMI community in future development
    • I am so proud that whenever the President (or higher admin) begin all public addresses they begin with an acknowledgment that the “uLethbridge sits upon Traditional Blackfoot Territory”

    Jamie Lewis Shining Student


    "University is not a competition, so don’t be afraid to ask for help."

    Favourite Class: An Anthrophology Class about Community 
    Favourite Social Activity: WUSC Local Committee
    Favourite Study Spot: Library breakout rooms

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • WUSC Local Committee Student Refugee Program Executive
    • Co-op work term on the Raising Spirit Opokaa’sin Digital Library Project
    • Co-op work terms producing films about happiness in co-housing communities
    • Applied Study and Research Assistant positions
    • Presentations at Religious Studies, Child & Youth, and Anthropology conferences

    Janet Poplawski


    “It’s never too early to get involved! Take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the university. Don’t just stop at going to classes. Get involved with research and volunteering and Co-op and clubs; take your degree beyond the classroom! And explore classes you’re interested in, even if they’re out of your comfort zone. I loved taking French classes, even though my major is neuroscience.”

    Favourite Class: Survey of English Literature I
    Favourite Social Activity: Anything with the French Club
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • 3 years of research experience as an undergraduate student; presented at national conferences; all while leading my very own project!
    • The classes were small, which let me get to know my profs
    • The co-op program makes it so easy to make connections and get to know people working in your field
    • Running the French Club was such a fun experience!
    • I got to teach a French lab as an undergraduate!

    Jasmine Saler


    “Be adventurous and make sure to explore all the possibilities of who you could be by taking classes that intrigue you, joining clubs to meet like-minded people and/or volunteering with a group whose work sparks you.”

    Favourite Class: Queering Gender, Feminism and Power
    Favourite Social Activity: Grabbing a tea with a friend between classes
    Favourite Study Spot: At home, with my puppy on my lap

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Studying in the Philippines for a month with Dr. Glenda Bonifacio on a Women & Gender Studies field course
    • Attending the Music at Noon series as a study break
    • Creating lasting connections with professors because of small class sizes
    • Volunteering with the Campus Women’s Centre
    • Going out to social dances hosted by the Swing Bridge Dance Club

    Jason Beaver


    "Get to know your professors and their research. It will help with independent studies, an undergraduate thesis or summer work."

    Favourite Class: Any Remote Sensing Courses
    Favourite Social Activity: Club Activities
    Favourite Study Spot: Library, 9th Floor

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Undergraduate thesis & national conferences
    • Independent study
    • Co-op work terms (3) particularly the Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing
    • Class projects & GLERS
    • Will be the first uLethbridge student to graduate with a degree in remote sensing

    Jayme Wong


    “The university years are supposed to be the best times of your life - so take advantage of them! Not only are you in your prime, but you have the freedom to discover yourself and express yourself on your terms.”

    Favourite Class: Rhetoric with Dr. Wendy Faith
    Favourite Social Activity: Any literature-based activity hosted by the English Students’ Society​
    Favourite Study Spot: The cubicles on the 11th floor of the library — so quiet and hardly ever at full capacity!

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Being able to write, edit, and contribute to multiple campus publications, including The Meliorist and Whetstone
    • Leading clubs such as the English Students’ Society and Pre-Law Society, and being able to make many friends and memories as a result
    • Winning the SSHRC and doing research on the sensational aesthetics of Ghanaian market literature with Dr. Esther de Bruijn

    Jessica Franken


    "Get involved with research as soon as you can through independent or applied studies."

    Favourite Class: Human Physiology - Jennifer Copeland
    Favourite Social Activity: Gym
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • CCBN, EAE research project (mouse model of MS looking at behavioural aspects) in Metz lab
    • MS Society co-op work term
    • Lethbridge Research Centre, investigating emerging pathogenic E. coli subtypes
    • CRH, volunteering in hospital gift shop (pre-med club help me find the connection)
    • Coaching CanSkate

    Josh Klassen


    "Study hard. Work hard. Have fun. The work/life habits you form here will be a big part of what you bring into the world."

    Favourite Class: Political Science (Canada-U.S. Relations)
    Favourite Social Activity: Floor Hockey
    Favourite Study Spot: Study Rooms in Markin

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Co-op work term at Global Affairs Canada in Washington, D.C.
    • Member of the Political Science Students Association
    • Member of the International Students Association
    • I love to volunteer when I can and have helped at animal shelters in Lethbridge and with charity events in my hometown

    Katie Wilson


    "Get involved in lots of different things!"

    Favourite Class: Performing any sort of research
    Favourite Social Activity: Rotaract
    Favourite Study Spot: Home

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Opportunities to perform and publish my research early on in my undergrad degree
    • Travel within Canada and internationally to present my research and learn
    • Developing leadership skills
    • Making a difference in the world through being involved in the Rotaract club
    • Forging many valuable connections throughout all the opportunities I have had at uLethbridge

    Kristin Krein


    “Get involved with local clubs, meet your faculty and explore campus, challenge yourself to go outside your comfort zone!”

    Favourite Class: Feminist Theory
    Favourite Social Activity: Volunteering at the Campus Women’s Centre
    Favourite Study Spot: With friends at a local coffee shop

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • The campus has really been a unique experience, I have grown so much through my feminist degree
    • I am enjoying curating my education with Independent and Applied Studies classes — very exciting! 
    • Volunteering has been a positive force in my education process and I highly recommend getting involved
    • The Women & Gender Studies faculty members have gone above and beyond in supporting my education — I hope everyone gets a chance to take at least WGST 1000! 
    • I have met so many talented, empowering friends on campus

    Leah Brummelhuis


    “Be flexible, and seize every opportunity to try and learn something new. Don’t let fear or insecurities hold you back from gaining a new experience.”

    Favourite Class: Invertebrate Zoology
    Favourite Social Activity: Climbing
    Favourite Study Spot: A ninth floor library cubicle with a computer

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • The University of Lethbridge has been really formative 
    • Hard work but rewarding
    • I met a great group of friends
    • I gained a lot of opportunities and experiences through attending the University of Lethbridge
    • Your university experience is what you make of it

    Lilli Young


    “Take advantage of every opportunity the University offers, whether it is independent studies, research opportunities, co-op, clubs or intermural sports. Four years goes by very quickly so I would recommend participating in as much as you can to make the most of it!”

    Favourite Class: The Western World - it got me interested in history!
    Favourite Social Activity: Soccer Intramurals
    Favourite Study Spot: Bottom floor of the library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Participating in co-op work terms at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    • Being a member of the University of Lethbridge women’s pronghorn soccer team for three seasons
    • Having the opportunity to work as a research assistant to professors in the history and women & gender studies departments
    • Completing an honours thesis
    • Going on to complete my MA with Dr. Heidi MacDonald in the Department of History

    Lindey Felske


    “Get to know your professors and take advantage of the vast opportunities presented to you.”

    Favourite Class: Epidemiology
    Favourite Social Activity: Tea breaks
    Favourite Study Spot: Home

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Co-op term in a biochemistry lab
    • Student Mentor
    • Travelled to Toronto for a chemistry conference
    • Undergraduate lab assistant
    • Undergraduate Thesis studying DNA damage

    Jiaqi (Max) Guo


    "Plan your time wisely. Don't be afraid to fight for what you want. Get involved in tons of activities."

    Favourite Class: Advanced Computer Mapping
    Favourite Social Activity: Fresh Fest
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA) - Terms as Vice-President and President; Chinese Festival & meeting with dignitaries
    • International rep for SU - food bank, clothing drives, etc.
    • Co-op work terms (4) at Ag. Canada (Ottawa) and locally-led to 2 grad offers and meeting my wife
    • Exchange to Germany exploring German engineering, business and learning the language
    • Applied Study as a Co-op Ambassador Social Media

    Mike Bruised Head


    “Concentrate on reading your material, get to know your instructors and professors, and devote a lot of time to your studies and you will succeed!” 

    Favourite Class: All of them
    Favourite Social Activity: Organizing and participating in the FNMI alumni chapter events and activities
    Favourite Study Spot: Indigenous Studies area and Starbucks area

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Exciting content in studies 
    • Getting acquainted with faculty and students 
    • Meeting the new Indigenous students 
    • Making more non-Indigenous friends 
    • Working as a teaching assistant

    Myles Shirakawa


    “Good intentions are just that: good intentions. You should really try to stay on top of everything and develop a system that works for you. I can attest that having good intentions to get those readings done today can turn into them being put off and soon a week has passed. Especially try to get involved in student club life. I can truly say that I have met and made quite an amazing group of friends from the people that I have met there. Apply for Co-op! It may take some patience and hard work, but the opportunities that you do find will definitely pay off in the end.”

    Favourite Class: Anything language-related
    Favourite Social Activity: Sitting around, drinking tea and having a good chat
    Favourite Study Spot: Outside the Starbucks or in the Modlang student room (B-586)

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Participating in student club life to various extents
    • Travelled abroad to study a different culture and language up close through a study tour program
    • Opportunity to work with professors on fascinating research
    • Explored and learned through independent study
    • Meeting students from different countries through courses and volunteering; learning more about them & their cultures



    “University is a lot more than attending classes and getting your degree; it’s an opportunity to meet people you would normally never would, learn new things, and get a new perspective on life.”

    Favourite Class: Biochemistry classes and Independent Studies
    Favourite Social Activity: Object Manipulation Club
    Favourite Study Spot: The Library, Fine Arts Building or Secret Places

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • The amazing faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • The unique and supportive friends I’ve met during my studies
    • Discovering the wonderful world of Mathematical Biology
    • Summer research with Dr. Marc Roussel
    • My first publication (with Dr. René Boeré) and Research Scholarship (CIHR Summer Studentship with Dr. Marc Roussel and Dr. Nehalkumar Thakor)

    Peter Millman


    “The first year is really tough. Stick with it. Getting here is the hardest part, after that, you just have to make the commitment to do the work and decide you want to be successful.”

    Favourite Class: History of Post Secondary Education in Canada
    Favourite Social Activity: Attending Horns home games
    Favourite Study Spot: At home with my dog

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • BA undergraduate in History
    • Current MA student in History at the U of L
    • Three time Athlete of the Year 
    • Supervisor and favourite prof Dr. Heidi MacDonald 

    Robab Hashemi


    "Ask lots of questions and enjoy all of the moments."

    Favourite Class: Physics of Remote Sensing
    Favourite Social Activity: Soccer
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Obtained International Doctoral Training degree from University of Brussels, Belgium in 2015
    • Winner of Alberta Innovates Scholarship for my research 2013-2016
    • Member of GSA soccer team and champions SP16
    • More than 30 hours of Volunteer Science Talk
    • Winner of several international poster awards and being an Invited Speaker in 2 international Physics conferences

    Sarah Schultz


    "Get involved with research early in your degree."

    Favourite Class: Proteins, Enzymes and Nucleic Acids
    Favourite Social Activity: Barbecues
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • I completed my BSc in biochemistry
    • I am currently working towards my MSc in biochemistry
    • Completed two independent studies and won a Chinook Summer Research Award (2015) and an NSERC USRA (2016)
    • Completed an honours thesis
    • Won awards at a conference attending by RNA scientists across Western Canada

    Sheilah Ayers


    "Get to know your professors. Take advantage of office hours and don't be afraid to ask for help - that's what they are there for."

    Favourite Class: Introduction to Modern Literature and Literary Analysis
    Favourite Social Activity: Grabbing coffee with friends between classes
    Favourite Study Spot: Level 9 of the Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Completing 6 Co-op work terms
    • Being involved with/being on the executive team of clubs
    • Having the opportunity to do an independent study
    • Attending Pronghorns basketball games
    • Taking a multidisciplinary degree, which allowed me to study a variety of subjects

    Sophia Gross


    "Be yourself! Amidst all the newness of your university experiences, be patient while growing into your new environment and find your support system. Also, don't forget to do something that recharges your batteries and brings you a smile!"

    Favourite Class: Contemporary Canadian Drama
    Favourite Social Activity: Attending Fine Arts Events
    Favourite Study Spot: By the Windows in the Curr Lab

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Worked as a student marker for the Department of Modern Languages
    • The Modern Languages Film and Speaker Series
    • Participated in private piano and voice lessons
    • Positive PSI experience in the Faculty of Education
    • Appreciated small class sizes in more advanced courses as well as instructor availability for one-on-one meetings

    Tessa Penich


    “University is about more than the classes you take — take advantage of opportunities to volunteer in the community, build relationships with your professors, and find out what excites and motivates you.”

    Favourite Class: Body and Society and Human Rights and Political Economies
    Favourite Social Activity: Grabbing coffee between classes with friends
    Favourite Study Spot: The Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • Volunteering on and off-campus
    • Working as a research assistant with Dr. Suzanne Lenon
    • Getting involved in social justice activism and advocacy
    • Opportunities to pursue my own research interests and passions
    • An applied study, an independent study, and an undergraduate honours thesis

    Trishell Provost


    "Don't dream little, dream big! I was always told by my family members to take on one day at a time so that when that big dream becomes reality, it will all be worthwhile!"

    Favourite Class: Sports Management
    Favourite Social Activity: Native Awareness Week
    Favourite Study Spot: Library

    My uLethbridge experience:

    • FNTP was a welcoming intro to the university community
    • Through the FNTP I was able to gain the confidence that even though it's a university I know I can do it
    • Recipient of an NSERC award (worked with Jon Doan in kinesiology); opened my eyes to research
    • Taking ED 2500 was a wonderful experience; makes me that much more excited to strive to become a teacher
    • Collaborative project with uLethbridge and the Piikani Nation; rewarding personally and academically