Meet McMaster Science Society President – Nicole Wong
Nicole Wong is a fourth-year Chemical Biology student and this year's MSS President. The MSS works to enhance the undergraduate science student experience through providing student resources, services, and events. With the goal to support the diverse needs of the MacSci community, it is run by students, for students. Whether it be tutoring for MATH 1A03 course, a chance to connect at Formaldehyde, or events to explore novel career opportunities at Quantum Leap, MacSci hosts it all - and more!
Why you got involved with the McMaster Science Society:
As someone who was involved in student government back in high school, I first interacted with the MSS through their Sciclopedia Livestream back in 2017. When they first announced that they were looking for two first-year representatives, I saw it as a chance to get involved with a really cool group of folks running a really awesome society. From there, I learned more about the amazing work that the MSS does - from tutoring to outreach, to its social events - as well as how the MSS Executive dedicates itself to helping students, even when students aren’t watching. Four years later, I’m still around because I truly believe that the MSS is doing amazing work for MacSci students and I want to encourage more people to continue that legacy!
Plans for Fall 2020:
Due to COVID-19 and the university’s announcement of an online Fall semester, the MSS has moved all of its services and events to online platforms. As such, one of our main goals this year is to ensure we continue to provide accessible and impactful programming despite us being unable to be on campus.
- Offering 4 free, 1hr tutoring sessions to all students through our tutor token program (all tutoring sessions are online this year!)
- An online Welcome Week run by the amazing Sciclone team, meant to help first-year students connect to the MacSci community through virtual events.
- I Love Science Semester, a series of interactive videos and resources from our Special Events Planner meant to spread the love of all things science while facilitating student connectivity during this remote semester.
As well, one of our main projects kickstarting in the fall is the development and implementation of the MSS Action Plan, a list of projects and goals that the MSS is committing itself to in order to better support the BIPOC community within MacSci. The plan will be published online in September and will evolve and change as we receive feedback from the community through an affiliated feedback form. This is an ongoing initiative for the MSS, so we are open to any and all information and feedback from you as to how the MSS can work towards making MacSci a more inclusive space.