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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. Questions about admissions or program entrance requirements should be directed to the program's administrator. Graduate Student Ambassadors will be happy to answer questions about graduate student life at McMaster and their experiences within their respective programs.

Meet our Graduate Student Ambassadors

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

Art Marzok

Art Marzok, PhD Candidate

Biochemistry

marzoka@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Art: I enjoy playing basketball and boardgames, especially the Settlers of Catan!

Germain-Sophie Ngana

Germain-Sophie Ngana, PhD Candidate

Biochemistry

nganag@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Germain-Sophie: I collect reference materials with my most prized possession being the landmark ninth edition or “Scholar’s Edition” of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1876 and the first edition to mention the theory of evolution.

Angelica GiansanteAngelica Giansante, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

giansana@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Angelica: I attended a circus camp for 5 years when I was younger and was taught by Cirque du Soleil performers!

Hiba ImranHiba Imran, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

imranh5@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Hiba: I have a professional scuba diving licence!

Aarsh ShahAarsh Shah, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

shaha59@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Aarsh: I enjoy going on hiking and biking trails. The past two years I've been through more than 15 trails in Toronto!

Dhiren PranamiDhiren Pranami, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

pranamid@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Dhiren: I am a techno-geek. I am excellent with technology and trouble shooting gadgets. Recently I have repaired a laser printer at home and assembled a gaming PC from scratch.

I heart Health SciencesSandy Zakaria, PhD Candidate

Biomedical Engineering

zakarias@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sandy: she has accidentally eaten a Carolina Reaper, the hottest pepper in the world, which ultimately did not end well.

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.

 

Melissa DodaroMelissa Dodaro, Master's Candidate

Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care

dodarm1@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Melissa: She broke her right ankle 5 times!

Karen ShinKaren Shin, Master's Candidate

Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care

shins17@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Karen: She is a huge foodie! She is that person who stands up to take pictures of her food!

Jovan JosephJovan Joseph, Master's Candidate

e-Health

josepj17@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Jovan: In my spare time, I love taking walks in nature, learning instrumental music, and exploring my creative side with art!

Zain PasatZain Pasat, Master's Candidate

e-Health

pasatz@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Zain: I started learning to play instruments from a young age and I use that today to help me manage day-to-day stressors. I love picking up a guitar and experimenting with music.

Amanda TabeAmanda Tabe, Master's Candidate

Global Health

tabea@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Amanda: My favourite activities are playing volleyball and rewatching Mamma Mia!

Yashvi VermaYashvi Verma, Master's Candidate

Global Health

vermay@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Yashvi: I am a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and would love to travel to New Zealand to visit the filming locations.

Lindsay MacLennanLindsay MacLennan, Master's Candidate

Health Management

pattol1@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Lindsay: When I was an undergrad I worked in England.

Puneet SandhuPuneet Sandhu, Master's Candidate

Health Management

sandhp9@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Puneet: I climbed three mountains in Peru (Humantay, Salkantay, and Rainbow).

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.

Puspita HossainPuspita Hossain, PhD Candidate

Health Policy

hossap1@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Puspita: Apart from being a doctor, I am also trained as an Indian classical dancer and used to perform regularly at the national and international level.

Rebecca CorreiaRebecca Correia, PhD Candidate

Health Research Methodology

correirh@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Rebecca: I am a "foodie" and run a food blog on Instagram to highlight great finds in the Waterloo region.

Michael GarciaMichael Garcia, Master's Candidate

Health Research Methodology

garcim12@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Michael: I recently have gotten into video editing, and I love it! I've downloaded Adobe Premier Pro to practice how to edit videos, both for fun and professionally (YouTube)

Mansi PatelMansi Patel, Master's Candidate

Health Research Methodology

patelm96@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Mansi: I love to hike and do photography, and so, I have a blog on Instagram in which I capture most of my hikes and even make some
recommendations.

Fatima SheikhFatima Sheikh, Master's Candidate

Health Research Methodology

sheikf9@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Fatima: In my “spare” time, I love baking, cooking and trying
new foods. At one point, I even wanted to attend culinary school, and perhaps I still will…one day!

Emilie Alice BeylsEmilie Beyls, Master's Candidate

Health Science Education

emilie.beyls@medportal.ca

An interesting fact about Emilie: She can play the trombone!

Bronte JohnstonBronte Johnston, Master's Candidate

Health Science Education

johnsb11@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Bronte: I enjoy to run triathlons.

Megan VierhoutMegan Vierhout, PhD Candidate

Medical Sciences

vierhom@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Megan: I love animals and taking care of pets! I have a dog and also used to have a hamster and two frogs.

Megan VierhoutTamana Yousof, PhD Candidate

Medical Sciences

yousoftr@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Tamana: I recently had the privilege to adopt a dog named
shadow earlier this year. Going on long walks with him and discovering new trails have been the best part of my summer!

Zoryana BabiyZoryana Babiy, Master's Candidate

Neuroscience

babiyz@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Zoryana: One of my hobbies includes doing jigsaw puzzles. Over the course of the first three months of the pandemic, I completed ~15 puzzles (>500 pieces/puzzle!).

Sarah BrassardSarah Brassard, PhD Candidate

Neuroscience

brassars@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sarah: I love to travel and got hired to be a flight attendant with Air Canada in 2019. I ended up declining the offer to start my graduate education at McMaster instead!

Sawayra OwaisSawayra Owais, PhD Candidate

Neuroscience

owaiss3@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sawayra: She likes to make greeting cards (eg. birthday cards, thank you cards).

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Meghan Lees, Master's Candidate

Occupational Therapy

leesm12@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Meghan: She is a Canadian citizen but grew up living overseas for her whole life up until 2016 when she moved to Canada for university.

 

Arsh KanotraArsh Kanotra, Master's Candidate

Occupational Therapy

kanotraa@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Arsh: I am teaching myself to cook! Every week, I try to make a new meal that I have never cooked or tried before!

Arielle Sadaka

Arielle Sadaka, Master's Candidate

Physiotherapy

sadakaa@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Arielle: I competed on UBC's track and field team, in the hammer throw event during my undergraduate degree!

Bailey WhyteBailey Whyte, Master's Candidate

Physiotherapy

whyteb3@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Bailey: I really enjoy cooking! Every week I try to make a new recipe.

Andrea Abeysekara Andrea Abeysekara, Master's Candidate

Psychotherapy

abeysekw@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Andrea: She leverages social media as an artist-activist. She creates art pieces and ties them to social issues affecting South Asian and global populations (such as #payup and #BLM).

Hanna DiasHanna Dias, Master's Candidate

Public Health

diash@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Hanna: She can recite pretty much all of the lines in the Harry Potter movies!

Emma KovacsEmma Kovacs, Master's Candidate

Public Health

kovace8@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Emma: She has travelled to 20 different countries and many more cities around the world!

Nora BakaaNora Bakaa, PhD Candidate

Rehabilitation Science

bakaanhh@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Nora: She loves to paint and sketch. She has been drawing since as long as she can remember and it is her favourite pastime.

Elise WileyElise Wiley, PhD Candidate

Rehabilitation Science

wileye@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Elise: She was a student-athlete at the University of Miami, where she was fortunate to be able to pursue her passions for both rowing and science!

Aisha HashmaniAisha Hashmani, Master's Candidate

Speech Language Pathology

hashmana@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Aisha: I run a small business, crafting greeting cards! Occasionally, I collaborate with organizations to host fundraisers with my handcrafted cards.

Sydney TurkSydney Turk, Master's Candidate

Speech Language Pathology

turks@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sydney: I took Mandarin class for 5 years!

GDCE Fei Fei Lu, Diploma Candidate

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology

liuf68@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Fei Fei: She is an enthusiastic lifelong learner - skills/hobbies she learned as an adult include rowing, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and playing cello.

Alice CavanaghAlice Cavanagh, MD/PhD Candidate

MD/PhD

cavanaam@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Alice: I'm the first student to enter the MD/PhD program to do non-quantitative science research.