About Natasha O.
Hello! My name is Natasha, I am in my fourth year of an Honours Biology Degree with a minor in Neuroscience and Mental Health. I am from the Maritimes and some of my hobbies include traveling, cooking, geocaching, and painting. This will be my third year of being a SSSC mentor and will be my second year of running the Science Accelerator section of our Kick-Start into Science workshop series. Through the SSSC I have volunteered at a number of events including the Science Scavenger Hunt, Med Night, and the Science Networking Forum. I also designed the SSSC mural in the tunnels and painted it with fellow mentors. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in research for the past three summers - in my first year I received the Dean's Summer Research Internship and worked in Dr. Susan Bertram's behavioral ecology lab. This summer and last I have received NSERC grants to work with Dr. Hymie Anisman and Dr. Marie-Claude Audet in a neuroscience laboratory, where I am currently working on my honour's thesis.
Research and mentoring are two things which I am extremely passionate about and being involved in these activities has certainly had a positive benefit to my university experience. The SSSC community is so welcoming and composed of wonderful people who I never would have met had I not become a mentor. I have also made several of my current close friends in the labs I have worked in and I have really enjoyed experiencing the world of research.
To incoming first year students, my advice is to not be afraid of taking advantage of all the opportunities which university presents you with. Get involved, try out different clubs, and apply to any job you think you may be interested in - now is a great time to find what you are passionate in! If you are ever unsure where to start, myself and the other mentors of the SSSC will always be happy to help you out.