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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!

Caressa Tsai

Caressa Tsai, PhD Candidate

Biochemistry

tsaic2@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Caressa: I love baking and would like to start a pie bakery on the side.

BDC

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.

Ainsley LinAinsley Lin, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

liny79@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Ainsley: She has travelled to ten different countries but her favourite is Japan. She loves the people and food there!

Reeta NanQianwei (Reeta) Nan, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

nanq@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Qianwei: She is an active person and she was in the swimming and running school team in primary and juniour high school!

BDCHerdiljot (Harry) Sandhu, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

sandhh6@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Herdijot: He runs and Instagram page revolving around the pharmaceutical industry!

Sohaib SyedSohaib Syed, Master's Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

syeds19@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sohaib: He loves being in the outdoors! He was a Boy Scout where he learned so many different skills!

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!

Zain PasatZain Pasat, Master's Candidate

e-Health

pasatz@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Zain: He started learning to play instruments from a young age and he uses that today to help him manage day-to-day stressors.

Teena SurujdinTeena Surujdin, Master's Candidate

e-Health

surujdto@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Teena: She loves crocheting and has recently started an Instagram page where she will be selling custom pieces!

Thilini HerathThilini Herath, Master's Candidate

Global Health

heratht@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Thilini: She is a trivia player and has played in several "leagues" of competitive trivia, such as Quizbowl and Reach for the Top.

Sabrina PriceSabrina Price, Master's Candidate

Global Health

prices9@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sabrina: She loves the movie "The Sound of Music", and has watched it over 25 times!

Jen EmblemJen Emblem, Master's Candidate

Health Management

emblemj@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Jen: I have four younger siblings and am a registered Hatha Yoga Instructor and lead weekly yoga stretches with my team at Cancer Care Ontario and previous team at the Region of Peel.

Kelly LeungKelly Leung, Master's Candidate

Health Management

leungk26@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Kelly: I enjoy eating/sharing food, listening to music from different cultures and having a multicultural group of friends that together allows me to learn, appreciate and respect other cultures.

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.

i heart health sciencesCara Evans, PhD Candidate

Health Policy

evanscn@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Cara: Although I study in the Faculty of Health Sciences now, I wasn't always a science student. One of my undergraduate majors was Literary Studies (at U of T).

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!

Charlotte Switzer Charlotte Switzer, PhD Candidate

Health Research Methodology

switzece@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Charlotte: I've been to 32 World Unesco Heritage Sites...who's up for exploration, adventure and high jinks?

Rhiannon CooperRhiannon Cooper, Master's Candidate

Health Research Methodology

cooper6@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Rhiannon: She grew up in Newfoundland, which contributed to her love of outdoor activities.

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.

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.

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).

Shane SimonShane Simon, PhD Candidate

Neuroscience

simons3@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Shane: I am a competitive wildlife photographer in my spare time. Snapping a photo of a Galapagos giant tortoise is a major highlight of this year.

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.

 

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.

Carly WhitmoreEllen Neal, Master's Candidate

Occupational Therapy

neale@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Ellen: I am a HUGE tennis fan! This past summer I got to see Bianca Andreescu play at the Roger's Cup in Toronto and it was a dream come true!

Sunket Kulkarni

Sunket Kulkarni, Master's Candidate

Physiotherapy

kulkas4@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sunket: He competed at the World Lifesaving Championships in Montpellier, France. It was an amazing 2 week experience. He was fortunate enough to finish the competition with a gold medal!

 

Hayley NgHayley Ng, Master's Candidate

Physiotherapy

ngh1@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Hayley: She is currently pursuing both ballet and physiotherapy, where she hopes to integrate the two together in her future career.

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).

Micayla MatthewsMicayla Matthews, Master's Candidate

Public Health

matthm9@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Micayla: She is a highland dancer who has performed in the US, Scotland, Ireland, and Belgium!

Amelia KeenanAmelia Keenan, Master's Candidate

Public Health

keenaa3@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Amelia: She once went on a 52-day canoe trip in the Northwest Territories above the Arctic Circle!

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!

Ariel FanAriel Fan, Master's Candidate

Speech Language Pathology

fana10@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Ariel: She is originally from Vancouver, BC, where she worked as a Special Education teacher. She recently became a certified yoga instructor and loves to do ballet!

Natalie IrwinNatalie Irwin, Master's Candidate

Speech Language Pathology

irwinn3@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Natalie: She plays guitar, piano and sings. She has been able to do so at a variety of fairs and festivals around Midwestern Ontario!

GDCE Audrey Ann Labrecque, Diploma Candidate

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology

labrecqa@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Audrey Ann: She loves being outdoors, especially in the mountains! Therefore, living in the Rockies is a dream come true!

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.