Lauren Zink: firstname.lastname@example.org
After completing my Honours BSc (Animal Biology) at Thompson River University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC, I relocated to Lethbridge and am now a first year MSc student in Biological Sciences studying the toxic effects of pollutants on fresh water invertebrates. At all stages of my academic career I have been extremely passionate about advocating for students to ensure that they have an environment that is conductive to success, and the resources required to achieve their goals. I was both an Executive on Student Council and an Executive Member of the District Student Advisory Council during secondary school. As an undergraduate student at TRU I was both a Resident Advisor and the President of the Residence Council, a team of individuals working to encourage balanced, healthy lifestyles for on-campus students by providing them tools to help with the natural stress of student life (academic tutoring, budget seminars and stress management/mental health workshops). I am currently a student representative to the Prairie Northern Chapter (PNC) of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry as well as PNC representative to the North American Student Advisory Council, which both work to provide networking platforms, collaboration programs, and funding opportunities to graduate students.
While the graduate programs at the University of Lethbridge are very diverse, the GSA represents the common thread that can serve to benefit students of all disciplines. As the GSA President, I will advocate for graduate students in all available forums, aim to ensure that graduate students are equipped to succeed in their current programs, and have the networking resources to confidently take the next steps in their careers. The dynamic nature of the GSA, representing many faculties across the U of L, enables us to successfully implement events & opportunities tailored to the needs of you – the graduate students for which we advocate! I look forward to actively engaging graduate students across campus to ensure that the GSA has a thorough understanding of where its efforts should be focused to ensure that the ever-changing needs of graduate students are met.