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Let's Talk STEM Careers

Children in science class
Children in science class
09.00 - 11.00 AM PST
Who should attend?
9, 10, 11, 12

Let’s Talk STEM Careers is an online national symposium hosted by Let’s Talk Science in collaboration with Advice to a Scientist (AtaS) and the unScientific Method (uSM) podcast. It aims to promote STEM career paths and prepare students for higher education and careers in STEM.

Students will develop skills to communicate and foster mentorship in the field of STEM, hear about the experiences of individuals in different specialties and stages of STEM careers, and have opportunities to interview scientists as well as produce and publish articles and podcasts.


Keynote Speaker: Nika Shakiba
Dr. Shakiba is an Assistant Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC. Her lab is interested in uncovering and programming genetic rules in order to answer fundamental biological questions and give rise to a novel class of engineered stem cell therapies for regenerative medicine applications. She was a Let’s Talk Science site coordinator at the University of Toronto (St. George).

Featured Panelist: Jenna Usprech
Dr. Usprech joined UBC as an Assistant Professor of Teaching in 2019 so that she could introduce new areas of the field to undergraduate students and continue to be immersed in biomedical engineering education. She is particularly passionate about student wellness, science communication, and classroom strategies that promote critical thought and retention of material. During her graduate studies, she was a volunteer with Let’s Talk Science and 3-Minute Thesis presenter.

Panelist: Candice Ip
Candice graduated from UBC with an MSc in Physics and BASc in Engineering Physics. She now works at Flux Photonics doing research & development work in free space optics.

Panelist: Ryley Hill
Ryley is a postdoctoral fellow at UBC. He works on galaxies and cosmology, using facilities like the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope.

Panelist: Laura Stankiewicz
Laura is a PhD student in the School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC. Her research focuses on understanding how immune cells develop so that we can learn to make these cells in the lab and use them to fight cancer.

Panelist: Sally Jones
Sally is a 3rd year undergraduate student science student studying Oceanography and Biology at UBC. She is also a talented student athlete and co-captain of the UBC women's rowing team.


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