Co-op students earn awards to go with work experience

Three Faculty of Science students have been recognized for making their mark during their co-op work terms and taking on leadership roles at McMaster. Sarah Cash and Laiba Jamshed from the Biology & Pharmacology program and Sarah Aubert from the Medical Physics program received 2018 Science Co-Op Student of the Year Awards from the Science Career and Cooperative Education (SCCE) office.

The annual award from SCCE honours students who go above and beyond for their employers and champion cooperative education at McMaster. Employers nominated 25 Science students from eight programs, with award recipients chosen by a committee of co-op student alumni, a faculty member and an SCCE staff member.

Jamshed, who is the only Canadian student intern at Merck Pharmaceutical in Pennsylvania, was nominated by Dr. Juliya Kalinina. Dr. Alison Armstrong with McMaster Nuclear Operations and Facilities nominated Sarah Aubert while Sarah Cash was nominated by Dr. Lili Aslotovar with Dr. Mick Bhatia’s lab in the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute. All three students also provided leadership on the Co-op Student Advisory Committee and served as volunteer mentors. Along with being recognized by the Faculty of Science, Aubert is McMaster’s candidate for a provincial co-op award while Jamshed is the University’s nominee for a national award.

Receiving honourable mention certificates were Adrien Lusterio with Chemical Biology, Sarah Muir with Molecular Biology & Genetics and Renee King with Life Science.

Also nominated by employers were Vince Wu, Alicia Hanman, Haley Yun, Jacob Curtis, Lisa Cheng, Christopher McChesney, Victoria Brown, Arthi Kunasingam, Saibrinthan Srikhandan, Tiffany Chien, Lukasz Laskowski, Anna Axakova, Christine Pham and Gireesh Seesankar,

Among the employers nominating students were AbCelex Technologies Inc., ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Hamilton Allergy, Hamilton Health Sciences, Lawson Health Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Inception Sciences, MG Chemicals Ltd., Ontairo Power Generation, Repare Therapeutics, Sanofi Pasteur, Saskatoon Research & Development Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, TD Bank, Therapure Biopharma, TRIUMF Life Sciences and the University of Toronto.

The SCCE manages 13 co-op education programs for the Faculty of Science, helping students secure approximately 500 work terms annually.
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