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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 2017-2018 Graduate Student Ambassadors

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

Michelle Ly

Annie Cheng, Masters Candidate

Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

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 and Biomedical Sciences

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.

I heart Health SciencesAlyssa Posca, Masters Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

poscaa@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Alyssa: she spent the last two months teaching grade 11 and 12 high school students a University-level healthcare course and really enjoyed it. She can potentially see herself teaching in the future!

I heart Health SciencesSawyer Karabelas-Pittman, Masters Candidate

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

karabesa@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Sawyer: When picking universities, he almost chose to study art instead of life sciences. He loved the creativity of visual arts but chose his passion for sciences, which led him to McMaster. He always had an appreciation for creative thinking and trying new things, which probably led him to apply to BDC during its first full cohort.

I heart Health SciencesSandy Zakaria, Masters 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 SciencesCaroline Raymond, Masters Candidate

Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care

raymonk@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Caroline: she loves rock climbing!

Alexa PettaAlexa Petta, Masters Candidate

Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care

pettaa1@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Alexa: her grandpa collected a hat for each team in the MLB and her life's goal is to take each hat to a home game!

I heart Health SciencesOpeyemi Okelana, Masters 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!

Andrew IrwinAndrew Irwin, Masters Candidate

Global Health

irwina6@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Andrew: he has been on three 36 day canoe trips as well as a 50 day canoe trip. He has spent a year of his life in total on canoe trips!

I heart Health SciencesForouhid Peyvandi, Masters Candidate

Global Health

peyvanf@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Forouhid: she has a huge passion for the French language and culture!

Lundie RichardsLundie Richards, Masters Candidate

Health Management

richarlr@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Lundie: he is Canadian but was born in Jamaica; and has either lived, worked, or studied in multiple other jurisdictions including: Cuba, UK, Guyana, Cayman Islands, and Botswana.

I heart Health SciencesFanor Balderrama, PhD Candidate

Health Policy

balderrf@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Fanor: when he was four, his parents worked for the World Health Organization, and they moved to Sudan, where he used to have a pet baby antelope.

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.

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.

I heart Health SciencesMarco Zaccagnini, Masters 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.

Dilshan PierisDilshan Pieris, Masters Candidate

Health Science Education

pierisdi@mcmaster.ca

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

Tanya MiladinovicTanya Miladinovic, PhD Candidate

Medical Sciences

miladint@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Tanya: she has travelled to 30 countries and trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp!

I heart Health SciencesEmma Price, Masters Candidate

Medical Sciences

pricee3@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Emma: she has lived on the East Coast, West Coast, and Central
Canada!

Gesine AldersGesine Alders, PhD Candidate

Neuroscience

aldersgl@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Gesine: when she was a student at the University of Regensburg, she helped organize an English lecture series: "Lectures in Psychology" to assist German-language students in practicing their English and to help them overcome their fear of public speaking in a foreign language.

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.

Emily BennettMackenzie Kay, Masters Candidate

Occupational Therapy

kaymj@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Mackenzie: she loves to ski! She has ben skiing ever since she could walk and began heliskiing when she was 15.

Emily BennettChantelle Neal, Masters Candidate

Occupational Therapy

nealc@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Chantelle: she lived in the small town of Tweed, ON her entire life before moving to the city for school and has tried over 20 different sports!

Rebecca GrubbRebecca Grubb, Masters Candidate

Physiotherapy

grubbr@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Rebecca: she bakes some sort of dessert almost every Saturday morning.

Grace ThomasGrace Thomas, Masters Candidate

Public Health

thomasgc@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Grace: when she was 15, she grew an inch and a half in 6 hours! She also loves spending time outdoors, especially to explore all of the waterfalls and trails Hamilton has to offer.

I heart Health SciencesKatie Cheung, Masters 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 SciencesAhmed Negm, PhD Candidate

Rehabilitation Science

negmam@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Ahmad: he has two kids: a grade 5 daughter and a grade 1 son (and still surviving it :) ).

I heart Health SciencesLeah Catherine Kocherry, Masters Candidate

Rehabilitation Science

kocherlc@mcmaster.ca

An interesting fact about Leah: she can carry a beat like nobody's business and plays both jazz drums and the tabla. In fact, she could tap out a beat on any surface!