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Graduate Student Ambassador Program

What is the Graduate Student Ambassador Program?

The Graduate Student Ambassador Program at the Faculty of Health Sciences offers a student-centric approach to supporting prospective, new and current students. The Program is a collective of student representatives whose mission is to promote FHS graduate programs, provide a channel of communication to potential applicants, engage current students in personal and professional development, and foster relationships with alumni.

What is the role of a Graduate Student Ambassador?

Ambassadors are current FHS and FHS-affiliated graduate students who come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Ambassadors serve as official student representatives of their programs and liaise with graduate programs, prospective students and alumni.

The best way to contact Student Ambassadors is via e-mail. Please put "Question to Ambassador" in the subject line to ensure that your message doesn't get lost. Please also note that all ambassadors are volunteers as well as current graduate students with busy schedules, so kindly allow 48 hours for their responses.

Meet our 2018-2019 Graduate Student Ambassadors

* You can see that they obviously have some lives outside of classrooms and labs!

Michelle Ly

Annie Cheng, Master's Candidate

Biochemistry

chenga8@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Annie: She can play 4 instruments - clarinet, alto saxophone, piano, and keyboard (no, piano and keyboard are not the same thing :) ).

Alexander Oberc

Shehryar Ahmad, PhD Candidate

Biochemistry

ahmads32@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Shehryar: He starred in a movie when he was 10 years old; playing a minor role in the film.

Daniel CelesteDaniel Celeste, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

celestdb@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Daniel: Not only was he born and raised in Hamilton, but he has also lived in 4 distinct areas of the city: the East Mountain, Lower Stoney Creek, West End (near McMaster) and, now, the Downtown Core.

Jacob MacKinnonJacob MacKinnon, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

mackija3@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Jacob: When he was younger he was training to be a junior olympic athlete for men's trampolining!

I heart Health SciencesSandy Zakaria, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Engineering

zakarias@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sandy: she is goal oriented. When she sets her mind to a goal she must acheive it no matter how difficult the task may be. The dedication and motivation she has for achieving her goals is the result of where she is today.

Monica De PaoliMonica De Paoli, PhD Candidate

Chemical Biology

depaolim@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Monica: She is currently a board member of a non-profit organization in Hamilton. She also has organized lectures on the history of the region of Friuli as well as organized a fundraiser in May 2017 to support the population of central Italy affected by the earthquake.

 

I heart Health SciencesLaura Collings, Master's Candidate

Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care

collil8@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Laura: She moved to Calgary, Alberta 2 years ago and fell in love with the mountains. She loves nature and animals, and always says hello to the cows when she drives by them.

Alexa PettaLaura Walter, Master's Candidate

Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care

waltel4@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Laura: Although she is Canadian, she has lived and worked in London, UK for the past 8 years and she tries to travel as much as possible.

I heart Health SciencesOpeyemi Okelana, Master's Candidate

e-Health

okelanao@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Opeyemi: She spent most of her years growing up on a farm in West Africa with her parents, three brothers, and a total of 9 dogs!

I heart Health SciencesSilvia Stanica, Master's Candidate

e-Health

stanics@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Silvia: She is currently training for her first half-marathon and she can lick her elbow!

Rasha MansourRasha Mansour, Master's Candidate

Global Health

mansour@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Rasha: Originally, she wanted to study cosmetic chemistry because of her passion for skin-care! Then a trip to an internationally displaced shelter in Syria helped her find her true calling in life.

Alexa PettaRalph Hsiao, Master's Candidate

Global Health

hsiaor@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Ralph: he is working to start a beer-brewing company with his parents. Also, he likes badminton and climbing.

HealthSciencesAruna Mahabir, Master's Candidate

Health Management

mahabia@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Aruna: As a Toronto resident, she enjoys experiencing the city and all it has to offer! Favorite things to do include: trying different types of cuisine, attending Raptors games, and biking along the waterfront trails.

I heart Health SciencesSophiya Garasia, PhD Candidate

Health Policy

garasis@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sophiya: She is a café enthusiast and likes to explore new areas by visiting and spending time in their cafés.

Valentina AntonipillaiValentina Antonipillai, PhD Candidate

Health Policy

antoniv@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Valentina: As a travel and animal lover, she has willingly walked into a cage of two excited dingoes and cuddled with a wombat named Nala in Australia.

Daeria LawsonDaeria Lawson, PhD Candidate

Health Research Methodology

lawsod3@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Daeria: She combines her love of the outdoors (cycling and hiking)
with her passion for photography to document her adventures; whether it is just to see the local
waterfalls in Hamilton or abroad!

Ayesha SiddiquaAyesha Siddiqua, PhD Candidate

Health Research Methodology

siddia36@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Ayesha: She enjoys painting and trying new recipies in her spare time.

Dilshan PierisDilshan Pieris, Master's Candidate

Health Science Education

pierisdi@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Dilshan: He can make a three-leaf clover with his tongue!

I heart Health SciencesMarco Zaccagnini, Master's Candidate

Health Science Education

zaccagnm@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Marco: He loves humanitarian work. He frequently donates his medical services in Haiti as part of a surgical & anesthesia team from McGill University Health Centre.

Xiaotian JuXiaotian Ju, Master's Candidate

Medical Sciences

jux@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Xiaotian: He cannot resist the temptations from cats!

Sophie PoznanskiSophie Poznanski, PhD Candidate

Medical Sciences

poznans@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sophie: She is passionate about hiking. She has been on many trekking trips; most notably in: Alaska, the Yukon, the Rockies, the Alps and the west coast of British Columbia. She was also raised in a bilingual household and can speak both French and English fluently.

Gesine AldersLisa Dyce, PhD Candidate

Neuroscience

dycel@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Lisa: She is an avid skier (both on snow and on water) and began working as a ski instructor when she was 16. Since then, she has worked with everyone from the first-timer to the seasoned skier and is always looking for new ways to challenge herself and her students.

I heart Health SciencesGabriella Mattina, PhD Candidate

Neuroscience

mattingf@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Gabriella: She is a first generation Canadian (her parents are immigrants from Italy) and she absolutely loves Zumba, Nutella and her dog named Espresso!

Carly WhitmoreCarly Whitmore, PhD Candidate

Nursing

whitmorc@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Carly: Over the past year, she has been (slowly, painstakingly) teaching herself how to sew. Her favourite project to date is the lap quilt that she made.

Kyra PosterskiKyra Posterski, Master's Candidate

Occupational Therapy

posterkj@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Kyra: She has hiked every trail in Hamilton!

Rebecca GrubbTBD

Physiotherapy

 

I heart Health SciencesKatie Cheung, Master's Candidate

Public Health

cheunkyy@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Katie: She has dedicated over 18 years to music, including playing the piano, clarinet, and violin and received a Classical Piano Performance Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also received a black belt in Taekwondo with over 10 years of training experience!

I heart Health SciencesShuaib Hafid, Master's Candidate

Public Health

hafids3@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Shuaib: He is incredibly passionate about the environment (a self-declared "Tree-Hugger").

Michael KaluMichael Kalu, PhD Candidate

Rehabilitation Science

kalum@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Michael: He loves travelling.

I heart Health SciencesRachel McLay, Master's Candidate

Rehabilitation Science

mclayrg@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Rachel: she was born and raised on the Northern Bruce Peninsula, an internationally protected area under the UNESCO World Biosphere. She loves being outside (rain or shine), rollerblading and listening to Van Morrison!

I heart Health SciencesJustina Assaad, Master's Candidate

Speech Language Pathology

assaadj@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Justina: She is learning how to play the ukelele! She can strum chords and sing along to many songs but her goal is to eventually learn how to fingerpick.

Rachel PondRachel Pond, Master's Candidate

Speech Language Pathology

pondr@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Rachel: She cofounded a campaign to raise funds for a speech and hearing clinic in Blantyre, Malawi. Together they have raised thousands of dollars to help support the young clients at the Able Kids Rehab Clinic.