Peer Tutor Spotlight – Ria Goel

Hello! My name is Ria Goel and I am a third-year student in the Integrated Sciences program, specializing in genetics and physiology. I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and then moved to South Surrey when I was in grade 7. In my free time, I like to volunteer at senior homes and go for long …

TA Spotlight – Nicole Bison

I’m a 4th year MSc student in the UBC Physiological Ecology Lab. I’m originally from Kamloops, BC, where I completed my first two years of university before transferring to UBC to earn my BSc with a specialization in Ecology. At UBC, I completed an undergraduate thesis where I used mathematical models to evaluate key factors …

Teaching Spotlight – Instructor Experiences with Mid-course Student Feedback

The midpoint of a course is a great time to ask students for feedback – students now have enough experience in the course to provide meaningful feedback, and there’s still time left in the term to respond to the feedback they provide. Below, Rachel Germain, Bridgette Clarkston, and Jaclyn Dee share their experiences with doing …

Teaching Spotlight – Adding a Sex & Gender Acknowledgement in BIOL 371

Irene Ballagh recently added a new element to her BIOL 371 course this past summer: a Sex & Gender Acknowledgement. When students logged onto the course Canvas site, they found the following statement: “As a neuroscientist with a background in studying the complex links between brain and hormones, I acknowledge that a person’s gender, or …

Student Spotlight – Maya Tselios

Maya Tselios recently graduated with a BSc in Biology and may be the youngest person ever to have graduated from this program, having been accepted to UBC when she was only 13 years old! Some words that describe Maya are: smart, fun, energetic, and persistent. She has diverse interests and has already accomplished many things …

TA Spotlight – Tessa Blanchard

My name is Tessa Blanchard, and I am from a small town in southern Ontario – Welland! I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa where I received my BSc in Biology with specialization in animal physiology. I completed my MSc at the University of Guelph where I studied the respiratory system of …

9 Ways to Help Students Develop Psychological Safety in Your Course

By Christine Goedhart The term is almost over and Vania has only spoken a few times in their biology course. While there has been a lot of opportunity for student interaction through group work and class discussions, Vania decided early on that it was just easier to stay silent. Vania identifies as gender non-binary and …

TA Spotlight – Jessica Kowalski

My name is Jessica and I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. I did my undergrad at Western University in London, Ontario, and I actually have two undergrad degrees – a BSc in Food nutrition and a BSc in Environmental Science. I started off in the nutrition realm, found that it wasn’t for me, and then …

Instructor Spotlight – George Haughn

Hi, I am a Professor of Genetics (soon to be emeritus) in the Department of Botany.  I have a B.Sc. in Biology with honours in Genetics from Dalhousie University and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Cornell University. My postdoctoral research was completed at the U.S. Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University. …

Peer Tutor Spotlight – Amendri De Mel

Hello! My name is Amendri De Mel and I’m from Kingston, Jamaica! I am soon to be a fourth year student majoring in Biology. For the past year I have been fortunate enough to be a Peer Tutor for BIOL 111. At my time at UBC I have been a representative, and now an executive …

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