“I want you to know that everyone in the company is thinking about you and cares about you.” That’s what the president of the first company Dr. Elizabeth Croft ever worked for told her on December 6, 1989 after finding out about the École Polytechnique Massacre. That simple action helped Dr. Croft feel welcome as an engineer and set her on a lifelong mission to make others feel welcome too.
‘I finally feel like I have the knowledge to actually make an impact.” After Dr. Wenying Liu’s many years of school, she finally feels like she has the tools to leave behind a legacy. Find out out how Dr. Liu’s research allows her to help solve a global issue and contribute to society.
“Anyone can be a scientist, if they want it badly enough.” When professor Angie O’Neill says that, she means it. As a graduate student, Angie fell in love with teaching while TAing a course. But her road to becoming a professor was far from over. When she was given to opportunity to teach a summer course at UBC last minute, she seized the opportunity and hasn’t looked back since.
“Sharing our science is one of the most important things that we, as scholars, can do.” That’s how disease detective and CBC’s The Nature of Things host Dr. Jennifer Gardy approaches her science. Learn how Dr. Gardy uses art and creativity share her passion for science with others and be the best scientist she can.
“I think you have what it takes to do biology.” An offhand comment from a professor who helped Dr. Patricia Schulte realize that she could be a biologist. Mentors, throughout Professor Schulte’s life, played a crucial role in her becoming the research scientist and mentor she is today.
“Women’s brains aren’t wired like that.” That’s what Dr. Stephanie van Willigenburg’s PhD mentor told her whenever she got stuck on a problem. Now she’s a UBC math professor and was just awarded the Krieger-Nelson Prize for outstanding research by a female mathematician. This is her story.