Science

Candidates

Students' Council (7 seats available)

Devshri Lala

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Hello everyone! My name is Devshri Lala and I am a second-year student in the Faculty of Science. I am running to be your next Student’s Union and GFC councillor.

It has been a privilege to be engaged and involved in many campus organizations and clubs as a volunteer, director, and mentor. It has allowed me to meet and engage in conversations with new individuals from diverse backgrounds within and outside our faculty.

The past year has been a critical period for all of us and a major challenge we continue to face as a student body is online learning. Given the current environment of online learning, and academic restructuring our quality of education is at stake. I will prioritize the needs and the concerns of Science students such as increasing research, volunteer, and scholarship opportunities and advocate for them by stimulating discussions with other members of the council. I intend to advocate for students' inclusivity and ensure adequate resources are provided for all students despite being in a pandemic. I also plan to work alongside collaborative ventures in enhancing student networking opportunities.

This term, I had the opportunity to represent our faculty and collaborate with councillors on some of the many pressing issues at our university, at the GFC council. I am looking forward to having the chance to represent every one of you once again on the SU council and GFC.

On March 17 & 18, vote for Devshri Lala to be your 2021 SU and GFC councillor.

Akanksha Yeola

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My name is Akanksha Yeola (she/her) and I am running to represent you as a Councillor on the Students’ Union’s Council and General Faculties Council!

This pandemic has hurt our mental health a lot. To undo this damage, I will advocate for increased accessibility to mental health resources by working on the Policy Committee and with the VP Student Life. This accessibility includes safer spaces for students to seek support.

We need to do a better job amplifying the voices of marginalized students on campus. I will help implement the EDI task force recommendations and the Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Committee recommendations that support more inclusive practices on campus for these students.

The Students’ Union and other groups like the Sustainability Council are striving to make our campus more sustainable. I will bring ideas from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into my sustainability work on the Sustainability Committee and the Policy Committee. I will also consult the Student's Council about the Sustainability & Capital Fund, making sure I empower students to take initiatives to utilize this resource and move towards a more sustainable future.

Being an international student and woman of color, I have experienced marginalization firsthand and because of this, I want to make students feel safe and heard in every space at the UofA. I am dedicated to working towards a more inclusive and sustainable campus and community. If elected, I will voice your concerns and work on the above-mentioned issues consistently, with passion.

Samar Barazesh

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Samar Barazesh and I’m so excited to be running to be your Councillor with the SU Students’ Council.

I’m a third-year Science student majoring in Psychology. Throughout the past year, I have served as a Science Councillor, sitting on the Finance Committee. Currently, I’m an executive of multiple student groups, a mentor with the Science Mentorship Program, and an Orientation Presentation Team Facilitator for WOW. Throughout my undergraduate degree I have been involved with various research projects as a research assistant and a team member for a synthetic biology competition team.

Through these experiences, I’ve met amazing people, learned their stories, and advocated for them by understanding their needs. My priority as your Councillor is to advocate for your concerns to the Students’ Union. Students are struggling due to the challenges of remote learning and assessment. Throughout the past year, I have actively advocated for better resources available to students and improved methods of course delivery and assessment, in an effort to reduce the barriers to students’ success in an online environment.

Additionally, I will be working to enhance mental health and wellness initiatives, improving student opportunities for research and professional development, and improving our University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policies in my pursuit of developing a more welcoming and inclusive campus where students can thrive.

I’m grateful to have had the privilege of serving the student body and I hope to have your vote in an effort to continue my advocacy work.

Mohit Sinha

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I am running for GFC and the students' council to represent the voice of students in the Faculty of Science.

My platform has 4 Key agendas -

(1) Making Tuitions Affordable

Tuition fee at the University of Alberta has increased in the range of 4-10% year over year for past many years. I will advocate against drastic increases in tuition fee by battling provincial budget cuts with alternative revenue sources (22% of total revenue) and not student tuitions (20% of total revenue). I will also advocate for an increase in student bursaries and financial aid.

(2) Ban online proctoring

There is emerging evidence that online proctoring exacerbates stress levels far beyond what might be normally experienced during a face-to-face exam. It has also been found that online proctoring puts students of colour, students with accessibility needs, students who parent, and low-income students at a disadvantage

(3) Faster Mental Health Support

With increased workload with online classes and pandemic, students’ mental health has been adversely affected. I will advocate for an online portal for all students where students can go for monthly mental health online checkup and they will be able to access their mental health report and automatically get connected to resources.

(4) Promote Sustainability

Promoting Sustainability is important to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health. I will work to make our campus more sustainable and make students more aware of sustainability.

Follow my platform on Instagram (@mohit_for_gfc_su) for details on how I plan to implement each agenda.

Ashmeen Aneja

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I’m Ashmeen, A candidate for the General Faculties Councillor and Student Union Science Councillor I'm a 3rd year Psychology Specialization student. In my free time, I love going hiking or going on drives. I also enjoy dancing and singing horribly. By running for the GFC and SU council, I want to represent my peers from the Faculty of science and communicate their fears, concerns, suggestions and request to bring about much-needed change. I want to work towards sustainability on campus, advocating for making education more attainable and affordable for students which is essential during unsure times brought about by COVID19, and attaining more resources for mental health and wellness as well as push for more scholarships. I want to provide an effective link between the student body and the governing committees to make student life easier.

Aadhavya Sivakumaran

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My name is Aadhavya Sivakumaran and I’m in my 3rd year of Biological Sciences and Bioinformatics. I am happy to be running once again to represent you as Science Councillor at the Student’s Council and GFC and here’s why you should vote for me.

I have always been passionate about student governance. In my time here at university, I have held executive positions for over 2 years at the Biology Students’ Departmental Association. Last year I was elected to GFC where I used my role in making pivotal decisions in best interest of science students.

This year, I’d like to address some important issues that every science student and bring some attainable solutions. First, is to address online learning and proctoring. I will ensure to work towards implementing a reduction in the use of the highly unethical proctoring system and having all lectures recorded. Next is to increase the ratio of needs-based funding over merit-based. This would make funding more accessible to those in real need and are not blocked by the barrier of outstanding academic achievement. I hope to increase engagement by working with the often overlooked faculty associations which have the potential to increase career-opportunities and student networking. Finally, I will make sure these solutions are heard by encouraging fellow student representatives to voice out and hold the university accountable.

If you felt like you could relate with any of these, I urge you to vote for me and I will work tirelessly to implement these with vigour.

Nikita Adekar

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I am running to represent the Faculty of Science for GFC and SU Council.

Platform:-

  1. To having two appropriately placed reading weeks. I know most of you will think it is too ambitious but it can be done. The University needs to prioritize students’ mental health. And you all can agree with me that a second reading week will help us take care of ourselves and do better in our academics.

  2. To remove paid assignments in every course. Education is a basic necessity and it should be affordable to everyone. On top of higher tuition, University shouldn’t expect us to pay even more for paid assignments platforms like connect, tophat etc. Paid assignments aren’t necessary and it is evident from the profs who don’t use it that not having them doesn’t decrease the value of education provided.

  3. To promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity at all levels in University. Everyone deserves to be given a fair chance, included, and heard. EDI helps to make sure that our diverse group of students and staff in University are represented properly. There are already EDI committees on campus. I want to promote them, make them accountable to students and make sure they are considering every student.

  4. To make need based bursaries more accessible. Criteria for the need based bursaries are hard, and it leaves out a lot of students because they don’t qualify for it. I want to make sure that these criteria are lessened so that bursaries are available to everyone in need.

Mobashhir Khan

No information received.

Simran Dhillon

No information received.

General Faculties Council (8 seats available)

Devshri Lala

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Hello everyone! My name is Devshri Lala and I am a second-year student in the Faculty of Science. I am running to be your next Student’s Union and GFC councillor.

It has been a privilege to be engaged and involved in many campus organizations and clubs as a volunteer, director, and mentor. It has allowed me to meet and engage in conversations with new individuals from diverse backgrounds within and outside our faculty.

The past year has been a critical period for all of us and a major challenge we continue to face as a student body is online learning. Given the current environment of online learning, and academic restructuring our quality of education is at stake. I will prioritize the needs and the concerns of Science students such as increasing research, volunteer, and scholarship opportunities and advocate for them by stimulating discussions with other members of the council. I intend to advocate for students' inclusivity and ensure adequate resources are provided for all students despite being in a pandemic. I also plan to work alongside collaborative ventures in enhancing student networking opportunities.

This term, I had the opportunity to represent our faculty and collaborate with councillors on some of the many pressing issues at our university, at the GFC council. I am looking forward to having the chance to represent every one of you once again on the SU council and GFC.

On March 17 & 18, vote for Devshri Lala to be your 2021 SU and GFC councillor.

Akanksha Yeola

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My name is Akanksha Yeola (she/her) and I am running to represent you as a Councillor on the Students’ Union’s Council and General Faculties Council!

This pandemic has hurt our mental health a lot. To undo this damage, I will advocate for increased accessibility to mental health resources by working on the Policy Committee and with the VP Student Life. This accessibility includes safer spaces for students to seek support.

We need to do a better job amplifying the voices of marginalized students on campus. I will help implement the EDI task force recommendations and the Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Committee recommendations that support more inclusive practices on campus for these students.

The Students’ Union and other groups like the Sustainability Council are striving to make our campus more sustainable. I will bring ideas from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into my sustainability work on the Sustainability Committee and the Policy Committee. I will also consult the Student's Council about the Sustainability & Capital Fund, making sure I empower students to take initiatives to utilize this resource and move towards a more sustainable future.

Being an international student and woman of color, I have experienced marginalization firsthand and because of this, I want to make students feel safe and heard in every space at the UofA. I am dedicated to working towards a more inclusive and sustainable campus and community. If elected, I will voice your concerns and work on the above-mentioned issues consistently, with passion.

Samar Barazesh

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Samar Barazesh and I’m so excited to be running to be your Councillor with the GFC.

I’m a third-year Science student majoring in Psychology. Throughout the past year, I have served as a Science Councillor, sitting on the Undergraduate Awards and Bursaries Committee. Currently, I’m an executive of multiple student groups, a mentor with the Science Mentorship Program, and an Orientation Presentation Team Facilitator for WOW. Throughout my undergraduate degree I have been involved with various research projects as a research assistant and a team member for a synthetic biology competition team.

Through these experiences, I’ve met amazing people, learned their stories, and advocated for them by understanding their needs. My priority as your Councillor is to advocate for your concerns to the Students’ Union. Students are struggling due to the challenges of remote learning and assessment.

Throughout the past year, I have actively advocated for better resources available to students and improved methods of course delivery and assessment, in an effort to reduce the barriers to students’ success in an online environment.

Additionally, I will be working to enhance mental health and wellness initiatives, improving student opportunities for research and professional development, and improving our University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policies in my pursuit of developing a more welcoming and inclusive campus where students can thrive.

I’m grateful to have had the privilege of serving the student body and I hope to have your vote in an effort to continue my advocacy work.

Mohit Sinha

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I am running for GFC and the students' council to represent the voice of students in the Faculty of Science.

My platform has 4 Key agendas -

(1) Making Tuitions Affordable

Tuition fee at the University of Alberta has increased in the range of 4-10% year over year for past many years. I will advocate against drastic increases in tuition fee by battling provincial budget cuts with alternative revenue sources (22% of total revenue) and not student tuitions (20% of total revenue). I will also advocate for an increase in student bursaries and financial aid.

(2) Ban online proctoring

There is emerging evidence that online proctoring exacerbates stress levels far beyond what might be normally experienced during a face-to-face exam. It has also been found that online proctoring puts students of colour, students with accessibility needs, students who parent, and low-income students at a disadvantage

(3) Faster Mental Health Support

With increased workload with online classes and pandemic, students’ mental health has been adversely affected. I will advocate for an online portal for all students where students can go for monthly mental health online checkup and they will be able to access their mental health report and automatically get connected to resources.

(4) Promote Sustainability

Promoting Sustainability is important to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health. I will work to make our campus more sustainable and make students more aware of sustainability.

Follow my platform on Instagram (@mohit_for_gfc_su) for details on how I plan to implement each agenda.

Ashmeen Aneja

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I’m Ashmeen, A candidate for the General Faculties Councillor and Student Union Science Councillor I'm a 3rd year Psychology Specialization student. In my free time, I love going hiking or going on drives. I also enjoy dancing and singing horribly. By running for the GFC and SU council, I want to represent my peers from the Faculty of science and communicate their fears, concerns, suggestions and request to bring about much-needed change. I want to work towards sustainability on campus, advocating for making education more attainable and affordable for students which is essential during unsure times brought about by COVID19, and attaining more resources for mental health and wellness as well as push for more scholarships. I want to provide an effective link between the student body and the governing committees to make student life easier.

Aadhavya Sivakumaran

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My name is Aadhavya Sivakumaran and I’m in my 3rd year of Biological Sciences and Bioinformatics. I am happy to be running once again to represent you as Science Councillor at the Student’s Council and GFC and here’s why you should vote for me.

I have always been passionate about student governance. In my time here at university, I have held executive positions for over 2 years at the Biology Students’ Departmental Association. Last year I was elected to GFC where I used my role in making pivotal decisions in best interest of science students.

This year, I’d like to address some important issues that every science student and bring some attainable solutions. First, is to address online learning and proctoring. I will ensure to work towards implementing a reduction in the use of the highly unethical proctoring system and having all lectures recorded. Next is to increase the ratio of needs-based funding over merit-based. This would make funding more accessible to those in real need and are not blocked by the barrier of outstanding academic achievement. I hope to increase engagement by working with the often overlooked faculty associations which have the potential to increase career-opportunities and student networking. Finally, I will make sure these solutions are heard by encouraging fellow student representatives to voice out and hold the university accountable.

If you felt like you could relate with any of these, I urge you to vote for me and I will work tirelessly to implement these with vigour.

Nikita Adekar

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I am running to represent the Faculty of Science for GFC and SU Council.

Platform:-

  1. To having two appropriately placed reading weeks. I know most of you will think it is too ambitious but it can be done. The University needs to prioritize students’ mental health. And you all can agree with me that a second reading week will help us take care of ourselves and do better in our academics.

  2. To remove paid assignments in every course. Education is a basic necessity and it should be affordable to everyone. On top of higher tuition, University shouldn’t expect us to pay even more for paid assignments platforms like connect, tophat etc. Paid assignments aren’t necessary and it is evident from the profs who don’t use it that not having them doesn’t decrease the value of education provided.

  3. To promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity at all levels in University. Everyone deserves to be given a fair chance, included, and heard. EDI helps to make sure that our diverse group of students and staff in University are represented properly. There are already EDI committees on campus. I want to promote them, make them accountable to students and make sure they are considering every student.

  4. To make need based bursaries more accessible. Criteria for the need based bursaries are hard, and it leaves out a lot of students because they don’t qualify for it. I want to make sure that these criteria are lessened so that bursaries are available to everyone in need.

Simran Dhillon

No information received.

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