Science

Candidates

Students' Council (7 seats available)

Daniela Carbajal Velez

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My name is Daniela and I am running to sit on council for the second time! Currently I am in my fourth year in Specialization in Psychology and have been a student at both Augustana and now at the Faculty of Science. I have multiple years of experience in student governance, from executive to volunteer and I currently work with the SU. My experience on campus ranges from creating scholarships for students to helping train incoming student group executives. I want to run for council because I believe science students have generally not received the dedication and consultation needed to properly represent them, therefore my platform is based largely on changing this and ensuring we gain the trust of students. Below are some of the initiatives I would like to undertake:

  • Restore student trust in student governance through collaboration

  • Consult with students and write biweekly reports for science associations

  • Involve science students before decisions are made in council

  • Hold monthly general meetings to discuss issues with science students

  • Work with other faculty councilors to discuss common issues

  • Work with Augustana and CSJ councilors to address issues with current and transferred students


Devshri Lala

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Hey everyone! I’m Devshri Lala and I am running to be your next Student’s Union and GFC Science Faculty councilor.

We can all acknowledge that these past two years have been extremely challenging for us, especially as university students. With increasing tuition fees, switching between in-person and online classes, and academic restructuring, our quality of education has been compromised. As a science student myself, I understand how crucial finding research, internship, and volunteering opportunities are and I want to be your voice. I want to advocate for increased undergraduate research & innovation funding, STEM scholarships, mental health and wellness resources which are more inclusive, equitable and diverse for all Science students.

This term, I’ve had the privilege of representing you all at Student’s Council and GFC, and it has allowed me to understand the needs of Science students even better. I’ve had conversations with many of you in-person and virtually, and from it all I can say that students deserve better.

I am hoping for your support and having the chance to represent each and every one of you once again on SU council and GFC. On March 23 & 24, VOTE for DEVSHRI LALA to be your SU and GFC Science councilor.


David Lee

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Hello science students! My name is David Lee, and I am a third-year student in Pharmacology. This year, I am running to represent you as a Science Councillor at the Students’ Council and the General Faculties Council.

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I have been involved in multiple different student groups and initiatives, actively supporting my peers with a passion for making university doable and enjoyable for everyone. Having experienced a myriad of interactions coming from my responsibilities, this year, my fellow students’ needs and concerns came to my attention. Consequently, I started to recognize the importance of individuals that speak and act for students to have their messages properly seen, heard, and understood by the university. As an advocate for students, I intend to become part of this amazing initiative through this opportunity!

This past year has been a struggle for every one of us, where we faced unprecedented budget cuts, tuition increases, and suspension of numerous courses offered by the university. Additionally, our education has undergone a significant transition through COVID-19, and it is now widely understood that online learning, while troublesome and disengaging, can benefit many of us for its accessibility and convenience. Eventually, I have seen many students that wish online learning to continue. Integrating these concerns together, I would like to make efforts to advocate for 1) protecting our courses, 2) hybrid classes, and 3) anything else that needs to be addressed to better our university experiences, such as scholarships and mental health/academic resources!


Vedant Vyas

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My name is Vedant Vyas, and I am a second-year computing science student running for the science and GFU councilor position. I am a current director of internal services at ISA. I would firmly push for no tuition hike for the next two years. Some faculty of science classes still use SEM to monitor, which is an invasion of privacy. I would advocate stopping the usage of SEM completely. The next thing on my agenda is to ask for better lab facilities. Some lab facilities haven't been updated in recent years and are outdated, so advanced equipment will help in more effective learning. We all know how covid, online classes, and the switch in the delivery mode of classes have taken a toll on students' mental health. So I would endorse offering even more mental health options. There are many opportunities that students miss out on just because they didn't know about it on time, so I plan on creating better awareness of various opportunities and services of the university and Student Union. I plan on doing that by incorporating some critical opportunities summarized in the student union's weekly and monthly digest. The uncertain nature of this pandemic has taught us repeatedly that the university can't take things lightly and need to prepare for the worst so that university doesn't have to make last-minute changes to delivery options to tackle the growing number of cases. So I would like to push for better prevention and plan for a smoother switch if the pandemic hits again.


Prateek Bahrani

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Hello everyone!

My name is Prateek Bahrani, a Second year Computing Science Student here at University of Alberta and I am running to represent you all in the Student Council and General Facilities Council.

In my past experiences I’ve served as the coordinator of Internal Services at the International Students Association (ISA) for the term 2021-22, and during the tenure I learned cooperation and coordination, equanimity, being consistent, working in non-manageable conditions and a lot more.

And I believe that student council is a place where I can put these skills to good use and help to encounter the problems that we as students of University of Alberta are facing since the hit of the first wave of pandemic and the shift of the education world towards online platforms. I promise to keep an open-mind, try to understand different perspectives of students and advocate for what's best for us students.

Hoping that you'll vote for me, Prateek Bahrani as your Student Council and General Facilities Council Science representative on March 23 and 24. Follow my campaign on my Instagram @prateek_sc_and_gfc see you all at the elections!


Mobashhir Khan

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Hi, I am Mobashhir Khan and I am in my second year of my Computer Science degree. I am running for Students’ Union and GFC councillor. I have always taken interest in advocating for students and being a councillor will give me the perfect platform for the same. Revitalizing the university experience of students after the transition from online to in-person is also something that I will be keenly working towards.

I will stand with you and for you in whatever problems you face and try my best to find solutions for the same. I will also try to get hybrid options for courses which have only in-person classes and exams, so people who are not comfortable in attending in-person classes or are stuck in their home countries in these circumstances can have an online option.

I am the incoming VP Internal at International Students’ Association at the University of Alberta. I have been working for the welfare of students for about two years now and I assure you I am the right person for the job. Please vote for me in the upcoming council elections on March 23 and 24th!


Charvi Dhamija

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Hey everyone! My name is Charvi Dhamija (she/her), and I am running to be your next Science SU and GFC Councillor! I’m a second-year student in the Faculty of Science, specializing in Computer Science, and the Vice President External - Elect at the International Students’ Association.

If you elect me as the Councillor, some of the areas I plan to work on include, but are not limited to:

  1. Science Internship Program: SIP itself is a beneficial and enriching experience for the students, but both domestic and international students have to pay a lot of fees to enroll in the program. I want to advocate for a better overall SIP experience for the students.
  2. Creating a Liaison with Department Associations: As a council, we cannot cover all the issues faced by Science students. Hence, I want to ensure regular communication with different department associations as it will help us understand issues and concerns that affect the students in those departments.
  3. Regular Consultation and Feedback from Students: I plan to hold drop-in virtual sessions for students and conduct frequent surveys to receive feedback on the services being provided to them.

I have a strong interest in advocacy and care about your interests and voices, and I want all campus opportunities to be as accessible as possible for everyone. Please vote for me on March 23 & 24! :)


Rana Thind

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Hi everyone,

I’m Rana Thind (He/Him), contesting as your upcoming Student’s Union and General Faculty Science councillor. As a second-year computing science student, I acknowledge the barriers students face in accessing the resources available on campus and the problems associated with the drastic shift of academics to an online environment. Every student's voice matters, and as your science representative, I attest that every voice is heard. I aim to promote the representation of science students at the university. With previous experience of running successful student events and heading social service initiatives, I possess the work ethic and values required for this role. Along with other Student Union office bearers, I believe I can bring a significant change, a change for the betterment of the students and the university. I plan on being an approachable representative that bridges the gap between the students and the Students’ Union. My main agendas include advocating for the following:

  • Introduction of the CR/NCR credit system into science programs.
  • Strong mentoring scheme for incoming students.
  • Introduction of scholarships and fee waivers for the SIP program.
  • Integration of professional development resources into science programs
  • Transparency on the student council.

This year, through experience and a spirited will, I want to bring about that change for science students. Support and vote for me on March 23rd and 24th :)!


Simran Dhillon

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My name is Simran Dhillon and I am running to represent the needs of science students as your representative at GFC and students’ council!

I have spent the entirety of my degree working to address your needs and understand the concerns most important to you. Throughout my past 2 terms on both council and GFC, I have witnessed immense wins but also some cracks within our own infrastructure that contribute towards poor representation and consultation with the student body. I want to use my experience and knowledge from my past two terms and improve undergraduate student representation at our university. At a time like this - your voices and concerns deserve to be heard and I hope to voice them and triumph solutions that best fit your needs.

I hope to work collaboratively with our faculty association, as well as departmental associations, to improve student governance at all levels. This furthermore relates to creating mechanisms to improve our consultation with students to know what you want out of your student experience. Likewise, ensure that the council is transparent in its resolutions and its processes to create a more welcoming system for all students.

These are just a few of the ways I hope to improve student advocacy within my role as a UASU and GFC councilor - however, I know that with my experience the work is not done and I am excited to see what is next!

Remember to vote SIMRAN DHILLON to be your next UASU and GFC councillor!


Mohit Sinha

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I am your current GFC and SU councillor for this year as well as Vice President Communication of the International students' association. In my role, I have worked to successfully advocate for more scholarships and bursaries, online learning models during COVID as well as have put forward student voices in many discussion and agenda items of GFC and SU.

   This year I am running with the following agendas -

(1) More on-campus Jobs

   On-campus jobs help many students pay their costs. I will work to create more paid student jobs in SU.

(2) No access/assignment codes

   Most courses require you to spends 100s of dollars to buy access codes. I will advocate for assignments of all courses to not require access codes.

(3) More accessible mental health support

   Getting the right mental health support at the right time is still a challenge and university refuses to hire professional psychologists, therapists for students' mental health needs. Even when help is provided, help is short term and students are not connected for long term support.

(4) Recognizing every culture's holidays in University Calendar

 The University of Alberta has students from 150+ countries and cultures. I will work to advocate and get all cultural holidays recognized at our University.

(5) Better Tuition model for International Students

  In the new program based tuition model, students who are in co-op terms or are taking a summer/spring course have to pay very unreasonable high fixed costs. I will work to get this model fixed!

General Faculties Council (8 seats available)

Devshri Lala

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Hey everyone! I’m Devshri Lala and I am running to be your next Student’s Union and GFC Science Faculty councilor.

We can all acknowledge that these past two years have been extremely challenging for us, especially as university students. With increasing tuition fees, switching between in-person and online classes, and academic restructuring, our quality of education has been compromised. As a science student myself, I understand how crucial finding research, internship, and volunteering opportunities are and I want to be your voice. I want to advocate for increased undergraduate research & innovation funding, STEM scholarships, mental health and wellness resources which are more inclusive, equitable and diverse for all Science students.

This term, I’ve had the privilege of representing you all at Student’s Council and GFC, and it has allowed me to understand the needs of Science students even better. I’ve had conversations with many of you in-person and virtually, and from it all I can say that students deserve better.

I am hoping for your support and having the chance to represent each and every one of you once again on SU council and GFC. On March 23 & 24, VOTE for DEVSHRI LALA to be your SU and GFC Science councilor.


David Lee

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Hello science students! My name is David Lee, and I am a third-year student in Pharmacology. This year, I am running to represent you as a Science Councillor at the Students’ Council and the General Faculties Council.

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I have been involved in multiple different student groups and initiatives, actively supporting my peers with a passion for making university doable and enjoyable for everyone. Having experienced a myriad of interactions coming from my responsibilities, this year, my fellow students’ needs and concerns came to my attention. Consequently, I started to recognize the importance of individuals that speak and act for students to have their messages properly seen, heard, and understood by the university. As an advocate for students, I intend to become part of this amazing initiative through this opportunity!

This past year has been a struggle for every one of us, where we faced unprecedented budget cuts, tuition increases, and suspension of numerous courses offered by the university. Additionally, our education has undergone a significant transition through COVID-19, and it is now widely understood that online learning, while troublesome and disengaging, can benefit many of us for its accessibility and convenience. Eventually, I have seen many students that wish online learning to continue. Integrating these concerns together, I would like to make efforts to advocate for 1) protecting our courses, 2) hybrid classes, and 3) anything else that needs to be addressed to better our university experiences, such as scholarships and mental health/academic resources!


Vedant Vyas

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My name is Vedant Vyas, and I am a second-year computing science student running for the science and GFU councilor position. I am a current director of internal services at ISA. I would firmly push for no tuition hike for the next two years. Some faculty of science classes still use SEM to monitor, which is an invasion of privacy. I would advocate stopping the usage of SEM completely. The next thing on my agenda is to ask for better lab facilities. Some lab facilities haven't been updated in recent years and are outdated, so advanced equipment will help in more effective learning. We all know how covid, online classes, and the switch in the delivery mode of classes have taken a toll on students' mental health. So I would endorse offering even more mental health options. There are many opportunities that students miss out on just because they didn't know about it on time, so I plan on creating better awareness of various opportunities and services of the university and Student Union. I plan on doing that by incorporating some critical opportunities summarized in the student union's weekly and monthly digest. The uncertain nature of this pandemic has taught us repeatedly that the university can't take things lightly and need to prepare for the worst so that university doesn't have to make last-minute changes to delivery options to tackle the growing number of cases. So I would like to push for better prevention and plan for a smoother switch if the pandemic hits again.


Prateek Bahrani

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Hello everyone!

My name is Prateek Bahrani, a Second year Computing Science Student here at University of Alberta and I am running to represent you all in the Student Council and General Facilities Council.

In my past experiences I’ve served as the coordinator of Internal Services at the International Students Association (ISA) for the term 2021-22, and during the tenure I learned cooperation and coordination, equanimity, being consistent, working in non-manageable conditions and a lot more.

And I believe that student council is a place where I can put these skills to good use and help to encounter the problems that we as students of University of Alberta are facing since the hit of the first wave of pandemic and the shift of the education world towards online platforms. I promise to keep an open-mind, try to understand different perspectives of students and advocate for what's best for us students.

Hoping that you'll vote for me, Prateek Bahrani as your Student Council and General Facilities Council Science representative on March 23 and 24. Follow my campaign on my Instagram @prateek_sc_and_gfc see you all at the elections!


Mobashhir Khan

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Hi, I am Mobashhir Khan and I am in my second year of my Computer Science degree. I am running for Students’ Union and GFC councillor. I have always taken interest in advocating for students and being a councillor will give me the perfect platform for the same. Revitalizing the university experience of students after the transition from online to in-person is also something that I will be keenly working towards.

I will stand with you and for you in whatever problems you face and try my best to find solutions for the same. I will also try to get hybrid options for courses which have only in-person classes and exams, so people who are not comfortable in attending in-person classes or are stuck in their home countries in these circumstances can have an online option.

I am the incoming VP Internal at International Students’ Association at the University of Alberta. I have been working for the welfare of students for about two years now and I assure you I am the right person for the job. Please vote for me in the upcoming council elections on March 23 and 24th!


Charvi Dhamija

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Hey everyone! My name is Charvi Dhamija (she/her), and I am running to be your next Science SU and GFC Councillor! I’m a second-year student in the Faculty of Science, specializing in Computer Science, and the Vice President External - Elect at the International Students’ Association.

If you elect me as the Councillor, some of the areas I plan to work on include, but are not limited to:

  1. Science Internship Program: SIP itself is a beneficial and enriching experience for the students, but both domestic and international students have to pay a lot of fees to enroll in the program. I want to advocate for a better overall SIP experience for the students.
  2. Creating a Liaison with Department Associations: As a council, we cannot cover all the issues faced by Science students. Hence, I want to ensure regular communication with different department associations as it will help us understand issues and concerns that affect the students in those departments.
  3. Regular Consultation and Feedback from Students: I plan to hold drop-in virtual sessions for students and conduct frequent surveys to receive feedback on the services being provided to them.

I have a strong interest in advocacy and care about your interests and voices, and I want all campus opportunities to be as accessible as possible for everyone. Please vote for me on March 23 & 24! :)


Rana Thind

alt text

Hi everyone,

I’m Rana Thind (He/Him), contesting as your upcoming Student’s Union and General Faculty Science councillor. As a second-year computing science student, I acknowledge the barriers students face in accessing the resources available on campus and the problems associated with the drastic shift of academics to an online environment. Every student's voice matters, and as your science representative, I attest that every voice is heard. I aim to promote the representation of science students at the university. With previous experience of running successful student events and heading social service initiatives, I possess the work ethic and values required for this role. Along with other Student Union office bearers, I believe I can bring a significant change, a change for the betterment of the students and the university. I plan on being an approachable representative that bridges the gap between the students and the Students’ Union. My main agendas include advocating for the following:

  • Introduction of the CR/NCR credit system into science programs.
  • Strong mentoring scheme for incoming students.
  • Introduction of scholarships and fee waivers for the SIP program.
  • Integration of professional development resources into science programs
  • Transparency on the student council.

This year, through experience and a spirited will, I want to bring about that change for science students. Support and vote for me on March 23rd and 24th :)!


Simran Dhillon

alt text

My name is Simran Dhillon and I am running to represent the needs of science students as your representative at GFC and students’ council!

I have spent the entirety of my degree working to address your needs and understand the concerns most important to you. Throughout my past 2 terms on both council and GFC, I have witnessed immense wins but also some cracks within our own infrastructure that contribute towards poor representation and consultation with the student body. I want to use my experience and knowledge from my past two terms and improve undergraduate student representation at our university. At a time like this - your voices and concerns deserve to be heard and I hope to voice them and triumph solutions that best fit your needs.

I hope to work collaboratively with our faculty association, as well as departmental associations, to improve student governance at all levels. This furthermore relates to creating mechanisms to improve our consultation with students to know what you want out of your student experience. Likewise, ensure that the council is transparent in its resolutions and its processes to create a more welcoming system for all students.

These are just a few of the ways I hope to improve student advocacy within my role as a UASU and GFC councilor - however, I know that with my experience the work is not done and I am excited to see what is next!

Remember to vote SIMRAN DHILLON to be your next UASU and GFC councillor!


Mohit Sinha

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I am your current GFC and SU councillor for this year as well as Vice President Communication of the International students' association. In my role, I have worked to successfully advocate for more scholarships and bursaries, online learning models during COVID as well as have put forward student voices in many discussion and agenda items of GFC and SU.

   This year I am running with the following agendas -

(1) More on-campus Jobs

   On-campus jobs help many students pay their costs. I will work to create more paid student jobs in SU.

(2) No access/assignment codes

   Most courses require you to spends 100s of dollars to buy access codes. I will advocate for assignments of all courses to not require access codes.

(3) More accessible mental health support

   Getting the right mental health support at the right time is still a challenge and university refuses to hire professional psychologists, therapists for students' mental health needs. Even when help is provided, help is short term and students are not connected for long term support.

(4) Recognizing every culture's holidays in University Calendar

 The University of Alberta has students from 150+ countries and cultures. I will work to advocate and get all cultural holidays recognized at our University.

(5) Better Tuition model for International Students

  In the new program based tuition model, students who are in co-op terms or are taking a summer/spring course have to pay very unreasonable high fixed costs. I will work to get this model fixed!
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