Kyle Faiczak Recipient of Science Co-op Award 2019

Kyle Kyle Faiczak is among the three students to receive this year's Faculty of Science co-op awards.

The annual Co-op Student of the Year award recognizes three students who display exceptional job and academic achievements, and contribute in a meaningful way to cooperative education and extracurricular activities at McMaster and in the community. Kyle was among the 383 students who were registered in co-op programs and completed 507 work terms with employers across North America in 2019.

Cooperative Education is an integrated approach to higher education that enables highly motivated students to alternate academic terms with paid, relevant work experience. Science co-op students complete a standard academic degree program, as well as 3 or 4 co-op work terms in jobs related to their studies.

Kyle worked in Michael Brook’s lab in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology during last year’s winter and summer terms.

“Over 140 undergraduate students have worked with me during my career,” Michael wrote in his nomination letter for Kyle. “I have been fortunate to have had several excellent students. However, I have never had a student as productive, creative and easy to work with as Kyle. Mr. Kyle Faiczak is an excellent young scientist who really makes things happen. He is easily the best co-op student I have ever had.”

AWARD-WINNING ADVICE FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYERS

What’s the most important lesson you learned through your co-op?
Don’t be afraid to share ideas. My employer always encouraged me to share my thoughts about the projects I was working on, no matter how naive they might have been and in the end some of those ideas led to really unique discoveries.

What was the best part of your co-op?
The best part of my job was the people I worked with. Everyone helped to make the lab such a welcoming environment and I learned so much from talking with them about their projects. Everyone really supported each other and it made it really fun to come into work each day.

What advice would you give to employers who are thinking of offering a co-op work term?
We bring new ideas and can share different perspectives for the jobs that we are hired to do. Even though we might only be there for four or eight months, we can make a significant impact in the time that we're there.

What advice would you give to students who are thinking about doing a co-op?
To any students who are debating about doing a co-op, you should really push yourself to do it! The work experience that you will gain is so invaluable and you'll get to see what areas of work you might be interested in for your future. Plus, it's a great way to enhance your resume if you don't have any prior work experience in your field! Overall, I really recommend that you apply for co-op, you won't regret it!


Three Students Receive Faculty of Science Co-op Awards

20200416 150348Kyle Faiczak, Traky Dean and Jessica Mo have earned high praise from employers and the Faculty of Science’s award for top co-op students.

The annual Co-op Student of the Year award recognizes three students who display exceptional job and academic achievements, and contribute in a meaningful way to cooperative education and extracurricular activities at McMaster and in the community. Kyle, Traky and Jessica were among the 383 students who were registered in co-op programs and completed 507 work terms with employers across North America in 2019.

Cooperative Education is an integrated approach to higher education that enables highly motivated students to alternate academic terms with paid, relevant work experience. Science co-op students complete a standard academic degree program, as well as 3 or 4 co-op work terms in jobs related to their studies.

Congratulations to all the 21 other students who were nominated by employers for Co-op Student of the Year honours: Gabby Noble, Andrea Acosta, Allysia Chin, Meghan Pepler, Genevieve Perono, Marsella Bishop, Maria Denk, Valerie Tomassetti, Julie Earle, Jeff Zabel, Yordan Stoyanov, Usman Jamshed, Zhouhang Feng, Arshdeep Bal, Danielle Pazdzior, Sharjana Nirmalathasan, Gianluca Situm, Emma Bohn, Skuhmandeep Sidu, Allesia Calvo and Alyssa Burrows.

McMaster Science Cares with Sunita Nadella

Cake"This is a special message to all students who were engaged in undergraduate research and defended their thesis this last week.

You overcame many challenges, spent long hours’ troubleshooting with lab protocols, collecting and analyzing data. There were perhaps moments you wanted to give it all up but you persevered and made enormous contributions to science research. Take a moment now to celebrate this journey, sit back and feel proud. Congratulations!!

In the current grim situation, I hope you are able to perceive the potential of innovation and are inspired by scientists engaged in cutting edge research to develop therapeutics and vaccines to treat and prevent COVID 19. We, in the Faculty of Science, wish to celebrate this moment with you and wish you a great future in science research".

- Sunita Nadella, School of Interdisciplinary Science

Students in McMaster’s Faculty of Science are greatly missed by all our faculty members and staff. Look for more #MacSciCares messages of reassurance and hope in the days ahead. For the latest McMaster COVID-19 updates, please go to covid19.mcmaster.ca.

McMaster Science Cares with Joanna Wilson

Joanna Wilson"My cattle dog Svea has no idea what a pandemic is but she sure loves our new working arrangements. Having her whole family at home all day is her best day ever.
I know this has been a difficult transition and I hope you are feeling more settled into working from home as you take on final exams. I’ve watched my kids struggle with the transition. So many platforms for learning with each class a bit different! Confusion over the changes. Missing their friends. I hope you have found ways to connect with your friends through all of this.

What am I doing?
A bit more cooking and a lot more baking. Cinnamon buns have become our weekend thing.
Late night dog walks when we don’t have to dodge so many people on the street.
Zoom social time. Quarantini “meetings” with friends and family are keeping my social connections and a great way to have a good laugh.

I really miss being on campus and in the classroom with my students. I wish you all the best in your exams and hope you and your family stay healthy and safe!"

- Joanna Wilson, Department of Biology

Students in McMaster’s Faculty of Science are greatly missed by all our faculty members and staff. Look for more #MacSciCares messages of reassurance and hope in the days ahead. For the latest McMaster COVID-19 updates, please go to covid19.mcmaster.ca.

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