Science

Candidates

Students' Council (6 seats available)

Samar Barazesh

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Hello! I’m Samar and I am in my third year of Biological Sciences. My goal for joining Students’ Council this year is to improve mental health and wellness resources, enhance campus sustainability practices, and tackle the funding cutbacks imposed by the Government of Alberta. These funding reductions are my main motivation for running, because they will hurt all students—affecting us financially and reducing the quality of both our education and the student services that should be available to us. Furthermore, the campus community and all of the individuals that are helping students grow, succeed, and become contributing members of society are also in jeopardy as their jobs and livelihoods have been threatened. Thereby, as a member of Students’ Council, we will collaborate with the University administration and Students’ Union Executives to create a prudent plan to reduce the financial impact on the student body and fight back against these cutbacks.

I have been privileged to be involved on campus as a student, volunteer, President of a student group, Summer research assistant, intern, and iGEM team member. Each of these roles has given me insight into the informational gaps for students to succeed, including scholarship opportunities, grants, jobs, support systems, networks, and resources on campus. As such, it is important for me to utilize the leadership skills that I have gained from all of my experiences and give back to my school by collaborating with Councillors across faculties to make our University embracing, supportive, and inclusive of all students.

Simran Dhillon

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My name is Simran Dhillon and I am running to be a member of the Student’s Union representing the diverse voices of the science faculty.

I am a second-year science student majoring in psychology. Last term, I was a Student’s Union Science Councillor sitting on the Audit and the Health & Dental Plan committees. I am currently the 2021 chair for the Edmonton World Health Organization, the head delegate for the 2020 U of A National Model United Na:ons team, Founder and President of the national F.L.Y youth initiative, undergraduate neurodegeneration researcher and part of many other enriching commitments.

Throughout my experience as a SU Science Councillor, I have had the amazing opportunity to meet many new faces, converse and learn their stories, and most importantly understand their needs in order to develop and flourish within our undergraduate faculty. Together we make up a large portion of the university campus and it is important that the needs and concerns of sciences students are being advocated for. I plan on not only bringing these concerns to the student’s union but also working to increase research and volunteer opportunities in order to enhance the experiential learning offered on and off campus. Additionally, I will address the needs for research grants and bursaries in order to further champion greater opportunities that do not create a financial burden on students. I am thankful to have served the student body and I hope to continue my work of advocation within this upcoming year!

Christian Fotang

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Christian Fotang and I couldn't be more excited to have the chance to represent you on SU Student's Council and GFC, giving a voice to student issues around increasing student accessibility to campus resources and improving student mental health.

The UofA is rich in student resources vital for research and career development. Unfortunately, more and more students are expressing their frustration at being unaware of or lacking access to these vital resources. Facilitating student access to vital campus resources that enhance student research and career opportunities must be prioritized if students have to successfully navigate their academic and professional goals.

Our newly elected executives have also made promises on improving student outcomes especially mental health funding and services. These goals are achievable and paramount to empowering our student voices, and you can count on me to hold our Execs accountable in delivering their promises and transforming student concerns to actions. Furthermore, I plan to continue the relationship between councillors, the ISSS, and other student groups within the faculty - ensuring that your concerns and needs have a strong voice on council.

I am ready to listen, learn, represent and address your needs and concerns. On March 18th & 19th, vote for me, Christian Fotang, to be your next Student’s Union and GFC Councillor.

Emily Kimani

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Hi everyone! My name is Emily Kimani, and I'm a 3rd-year student in the Faculty of Science. I'm running to be your next Students' Union and General Faculties Science Councilor!

As a science student myself, I understand that finding opportunities such as research, internships, volunteer opportunities, scholarships, etc. are sometimes difficult to find. As I move further into my academic career, I've realized that there are many opportunities out there, but they are missed simply because they're not easily accessible. Regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, disability, and socioeconomic status, every student should be given equal access to these opportunities. It's my goal as your next science councilor to inform students of the many opportunities available to them and have them easily accessible.

I also understand that most science students have hectic schedules. There are exams to write, assignments to hand-in, labs to finish, and deadlines to meet. During the busyness of it all, and as a consequence, our mental health may be left off to the sidelines. I intend to advocate for mental health and wellness initiatives that are easily accessible to promote health and safety among students.

I believe that students should have their voices heard, their concerns addressed, and resolved. When I'm not on campus, you can find me baking, discovering new music, or watching a Marvel movie! Thank you, and I hope to have your support on March 18th and 19th!

Rahul Korde

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Rahul Korde is a second year Computing Science major who is standing up as the SU and GFC Councillor this year. He is creative and is always ready to learn new aspects in a given job. As your candidate, he would like to represent the voices of the students in the Student Union by finding out major issues faced by the students and raising them on the above said platform. He hopes to increase international student representation in areas of need and hopes to offer guidance and help to new and current students by making them aware of the resources at their disposal.

Rahul is currently serving as the Director of Operations for HUB Community of Association(HCA: Residence Association) this year and wishes to improve campus and community life for students through his experience. He is also a part of the University Rowing Club where he trains and hopes to race for the University in the upcoming championships. In his very limited free time, he enjoys watching F1 and is an avid Vettel fan.

Devshri Lala

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Hello,

My name is Devshri Lala and I am so excited to announce that I will be running for Science Students’ Union Councillor and Science General Facilities Councillor. I am currently in my first year of study and working towards pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science. In the past 4 years, I have become very involved in governance and have sat on many provincial, municipal, and school boards. From these experiences, I was able to realize how much governance means to me and how important it is to implement change. I hope that by running for this election I will be able to represent a large number of the university’s population and work towards a resourceful and inclusive community.

General Faculties Council (8 seats available)

Samar Barazesh

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Hello! I’m Samar and I am in my third year of Biological Sciences. My goal for joining Students’ Council this year is to improve mental health and wellness resources, enhance campus sustainability practices, and tackle the funding cutbacks imposed by the Government of Alberta. These funding reductions are my main motivation for running, because they will hurt all students—affecting us financially and reducing the quality of both our education and the student services that should be available to us. Furthermore, the campus community and all of the individuals that are helping students grow, succeed, and become contributing members of society are also in jeopardy as their jobs and livelihoods have been threatened. Thereby, as a member of Students’ Council, we will collaborate with the University administration and Students’ Union Executives to create a prudent plan to reduce the financial impact on the student body and fight back against these cutbacks.

I have been privileged to be involved on campus as a student, volunteer, President of a student group, Summer research assistant, intern, and iGEM team member. Each of these roles has given me insight into the informational gaps for students to succeed, including scholarship opportunities, grants, jobs, support systems, networks, and resources on campus. As such, it is important for me to utilize the leadership skills that I have gained from all of my experiences and give back to my school by collaborating with Councillors across faculties to make our University embracing, supportive, and inclusive of all students.

Simran Dhillon

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My name is Simran Dhillon and I am running to be a member of the Student’s Union representing the diverse voices of the science faculty.

I am a second-year science student majoring in psychology. Last term, I was a Student’s Union Science Councillor sitting on the Audit and the Health & Dental Plan committees. I am currently the 2021 chair for the Edmonton World Health Organization, the head delegate for the 2020 U of A National Model United Na:ons team, Founder and President of the national F.L.Y youth initiative, undergraduate neurodegeneration researcher and part of many other enriching commitments.

Throughout my experience as a SU Science Councillor, I have had the amazing opportunity to meet many new faces, converse and learn their stories, and most importantly understand their needs in order to develop and flourish within our undergraduate faculty. Together we make up a large portion of the university campus and it is important that the needs and concerns of sciences students are being advocated for. I plan on not only bringing these concerns to the student’s union but also working to increase research and volunteer opportunities in order to enhance the experiential learning offered on and off campus. Additionally, I will address the needs for research grants and bursaries in order to further champion greater opportunities that do not create a financial burden on students. I am thankful to have served the student body and I hope to continue my work of advocation within this upcoming year!

Christian Fotang

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Christian Fotang and I couldn't be more excited to have the chance to represent you on SU Student's Council and GFC, giving a voice to student issues around increasing student accessibility to campus resources and improving student mental health.

The UofA is rich in student resources vital for research and career development. Unfortunately, more and more students are expressing their frustration at being unaware of or lacking access to these vital resources. Facilitating student access to vital campus resources that enhance student research and career opportunities must be prioritized if students have to successfully navigate their academic and professional goals.

Our newly elected executives have also made promises on improving student outcomes especially mental health funding and services. These goals are achievable and paramount to empowering our student voices, and you can count on me to hold our Execs accountable in delivering their promises and transforming student concerns to actions. Furthermore, I plan to continue the relationship between councillors, the ISSS, and other student groups within the faculty - ensuring that your concerns and needs have a strong voice on council.

I am ready to listen, learn, represent and address your needs and concerns. On March 18th & 19th, vote for me, Christian Fotang, to be your next Student’s Union and GFC Councillor.

Emily Kimani

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Hi everyone! My name is Emily Kimani, and I'm a 3rd-year student in the Faculty of Science. I'm running to be your next Students' Union and General Faculties Science Councilor!

As a science student myself, I understand that finding opportunities such as research, internships, volunteer opportunities, scholarships, etc. are sometimes difficult to find. As I move further into my academic career, I've realized that there are many opportunities out there, but they are missed simply because they're not easily accessible. Regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, disability, and socioeconomic status, every student should be given equal access to these opportunities. It's my goal as your next science councilor to inform students of the many opportunities available to them and have them easily accessible.

I also understand that most science students have hectic schedules. There are exams to write, assignments to hand-in, labs to finish, and deadlines to meet. During the busyness of it all, and as a consequence, our mental health may be left off to the sidelines. I intend to advocate for mental health and wellness initiatives that are easily accessible to promote health and safety among students.

I believe that students should have their voices heard, their concerns addressed, and resolved. When I'm not on campus, you can find me baking, discovering new music, or watching a Marvel movie! Thank you, and I hope to have your support on March 18th and 19th!

Rahul Korde

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Rahul Korde is a second year Computing Science major who is standing up as the SU and GFC Councillor this year. He is creative and is always ready to learn new aspects in a given job. As your candidate, he would like to represent the voices of the students in the Student Union by finding out major issues faced by the students and raising them on the above said platform. He hopes to increase international student representation in areas of need and hopes to offer guidance and help to new and current students by making them aware of the resources at their disposal.

Rahul is currently serving as the Director of Operations for HUB Community of Association(HCA: Residence Association) this year and wishes to improve campus and community life for students through his experience. He is also a part of the University Rowing Club where he trains and hopes to race for the University in the upcoming championships. In his very limited free time, he enjoys watching F1 and is an avid Vettel fan.

Devshri Lala

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Hello,

My name is Devshri Lala and I am so excited to announce that I will be running for Science Students’ Union Councillor and Science General Facilities Councillor. I am currently in my first year of study and working towards pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science. In the past 4 years, I have become very involved in governance and have sat on many provincial, municipal, and school boards. From these experiences, I was able to realize how much governance means to me and how important it is to implement change. I hope that by running for this election I will be able to represent a large number of the university’s population and work towards a resourceful and inclusive community.

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Students' Union Elections Office
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Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7