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Name: Chelsey Hvingelby
Major:
 4th year, Applied Mathematics, Data Science minor
Running for:
#1 Mathematics Representative

I am an Applied Mathematics major and Data Science minor student, and am filling my electives with physics.  As a result, I have a diverse academic background of courses in all quantitative fields.  When I am not working or studying, I enjoy hiking, playing guitar, travelling, and spending time with friends.

I am extremely passionate about Mathematics and education.  I would like to join the QSCU executive team as the Math Representative to inspire others to enter quantitative fields.  The QSCU events I have attended have helped me explore new passions and discover opportunities.  I would like to help others get the most out of their quantitative degrees and help showcase the diverse opportunities available within quantitative sciences and mathematics.

If I were to join the QSCU executive team, I would bring passion and dedication to the team.  I am an extremely organized individual and enjoy planning events.  Within the university, I have experience conducting summer research, being a teaching assistant (MATH 225 and STAT 230), and working in the Math And Science Center.  I also have experience organizing events through my time as Student Union President in high school and as President of the UBC Social Club.

Name: Kathryn Lecha
Major:
 2nd year, Computer Science
Running for:
#1 Treasurer
#2 Events Coordinator

Hi, I’m Kat, the current External Coordinator of the QSCU. I’m a second-year Computer Science major and Data minor. Over the past year, I’ve really grown to care for the QSCU and want to stay with it, see it succeed, and address some of the problems we faced this year. I was an RA this year, so I have connections all over the university through my time doing that. I’m overall very friendly and have a positive attitude. I have a good sense of how the executive team runs and also when things should be improved upon. I hope to encourage others to run workshops based on interests while still being practical.

Name: Emily Medema
Major:
 2nd year, Computer Science, English minor
Running for:
#1 Vice-President
#2 Treasurer

Hi, I’m Emily and I’m a second-year Computer Science major, English minor. In my capacity as treasurer of the QSCU, I have gained a good sense of how the executive team runs as well as responsibly maintained our finances. I want to continue to be involved in the QSCU because I love that we help students to network with the professors and each other as well as support them to succeed academically and professionally. I am a very organized, driven and passionate person. Likewise, I have previously helped plan events for the course union, which shows that I am responsible and goal-oriented. I wish to continue to improve our membership and tutor systems.

Name: Jordan Krywonos
Major:
 2nd year, Physics, Mathematics minor
Running for:
#1 Physics Rep
#2 External Coordinator

Hello, I am Jordan, a second-year student majoring in physics with a minor in mathematics. This year I became involved with the QSCU, through attending meetings and events. Seeing all the volunteer hours, and dedication poured into this organization inspired me to join the executive. The current executive is organized, passionate, and promoting fields of study that sometimes go unconsidered. Being on the executive would allow me to endorse fascinating areas of study that are often overlooked by new students while helping maximize the experience of people currently majoring in the quantitative sciences. This includes events catered to socializing with like-minded individuals and professors and attending talks that can present new learning opportunities to the students. I have insight into these subjects not only by being a student, but as a physics TA, a volunteer at review sessions, and an assistant in a number of outreach programs. Through my volunteering efforts, I have held many leadership roles and had experience on committees. My hard work, detail-oriented mindset, previous mentorship roles, and enthusiasm for physics and mathematics would give me the ability to excel in the QSCU executive team.

Name: Stephanie Hamilton
Major:
3rd year Applied Mathematics
Running for:
#1 Internal Coordinator
#2 Midterm Review Session Coordinator *new*

I am a third year applied mathematics major and I would love to contribute my organizational skills to the QSCU. I have a specific interest in time-management, and as such, I am adept at organizing, arranging and scheduling. I like to keep busy, and this year I was juggling taking a full course load, tutoring a high school student and TAing calculus courses. Throughout this process, I have come to appreciate the importance of staying on top of things. When working with groups in class projects, I am often the individual who assigns tasks and ensures that everyone is staying on track. Altogether, I think I would be a great addition to the executive team.

In the other aspects of my life, I like to have a lot of fun. I enjoy attending events around campus (mainly the ones involving free food), rock climbing, skiing, and exploring other outdoor activities. I would love to plan gatherings where members of the QSCU could get away from the stress of university life and take the time to enjoy one another’s a company.

Name: Jeff Bulmer
Major:
1st year Graduate Student
Running for:
#1 Graduate Rep

Oh hey there, how’s it going? My name is Jeff and I’ve probably been your TA once or twice. I’m also a grad student under Bowen Hui, and I work in Jeff Andrews’ Statistical Machine Learning Lab alongside the current Grad rep (come visit sometime!). I’ve been involved in Student Clubs in the past, for example as Arts Editor of The Phoenix in 2014, and President of Heatwave Radio in 2015. Over my six or so years at UBCO, I’ve been consistently impressed with the work put in by the QSCU executives, especially in the last year. I originally considered joining the executive a few years ago, but after attending a few meetings this year, I think it’s finally time to try becoming a faculty rep. I’ve helped with review sessions in the past, and I know one or two profs, as well as the current grad rep. I hope that my experience as a student, as well as my contacts within UBCO will help me to properly represent grad students within the next QSCU executive.

Name: Lauren St. Clair
Major:
3rd year Computer Science
Running for:
#1 President

I am a Computer Science major, and Data Science minor. For a year and a half I have been Photo Editor at The Phoenix News, and over the past academic year have acted as the QSCU Events Coordinator. I am passionate about music and its intersection with data science as a means of archival-based research.
During my time as Events Coordinator, I have had the opportunity to see first-hand how the executive team functions, where improvements could be made, and what is working. As well, as the Events Coordinator, I have gotten a clearer idea of scheduling and planning events within the academic year in order to maximize student attendance and event balance. As QSCU President I hope that the lessons I have learned as an executive and organizing events will help in providing a balance of diverse events and opportunities for students to connect with one another and with Unit 5 faculty. During this year new initiatives have been introduced to the QSCU, such as the prospect of a technical career fair and tutor system. It is my intention to continue these initiatives with the foundation work already in place.
Moving forward I would also like to increase accessibility of the QSCU to non-executives. I feel that this semester especially the executive team has done a good job making meetings and events accessible to non-executives, so I would like to ensure we keep the same level of accessibility going into next year.
As QSCU President my hope is to provide a balance between connecting students with similar and dissimilar interests, as well as providing opportunities to help students succeed, such as through faculty mixers and review sessions.

Name: Kathryn Ng
Major:
2nd year Computer Science
Running for:
#1 COSC Rep
#2 Social Media Coordinator

Hello there! I’m a 2nd year student majoring in Comp Sci, and I really like media related work, ie. Web Design / App Development / Animation. Since I first joined UBC Okanagan, I realized there is a lack of courses as compared to UBC Vancouver, and not as many COSC related events for students new to the major. I’m hoping to join the QSCU team in 2019/2020 as a COSC Rep to bring more new events and new courses to COSC students especially because the number of students in the department is growing.
This year, I’ve learned a lot and gathered tons of new experiences, like being a Teaching Assistant, running a workshop and attending Hackathons.
Let’s be friends!

Name: Ivan Carvalho
Major:
1st year Computer Science
Running for:
#1 COSC Rep
#2 Midterm Review Session Coordinator *new*

Hi, I am Ivan and I am a first-year Computer Science major. I am also a competitive programmer, pythoneer and card games fan. On campus, I have been mostly involved with the Sport Programming Club, an entity that I founded with two other friends to foster a problem-solving community in UBCO, and with QSCU.

I have not been in the QSCU for long, but I must say that I have been warmly welcomed and that I tried to make the most out of it. I have attended meetings, helped run review sessions and even participated in a hackathon in Vancouver, all thanks to QSCU. My objective as an executive will to make the experience of upcoming students as rich as the one I was given.

As a COSC representative, my hope is to maintain the current review sessions, faculty mixers, workshops and events that we currently hold. In addition, I would like to contribute to extend it a bit further. My current plan is to bring Local Hack Day, the biggest distributed hackathon in the world, to our community, because I believe it would be an enriching learning and networking experience for our students.

Name: Alex Rogov 
Major:
3rd year Computer Science
Running for:
#1 COSC Rep
#2 Midterm Review Session Coordinator *new*

Hey Everyone! I’m a third-year Computer Science major. I find enjoyment when I am drawing, skiing, playing the piano, and hanging out with friends. After being a member since Septemeber, I want to commit more time and be apart of QSCU’s growth in the following year. I wish to take on the responsibility of Computer Science Representative because it encompasses two of my passionate subjects: Teaching and Computer Science.

I was apart of AIESEC for a year, an international organization that facilitates students to volunteer and intern abroad. In my time in the organization, I had been apart of two portfolios: Marketing and Communication and Global Volunteer Coordinator.
I convinced students to go on volunteering experiences abroad through in-class presentations, consultations, and boothing. I later took part in my AIESEC’s service and went to Slovenia for a month and a half to teach English to children. Moreover, I taught English to individuals and large groups of international students. And I am currently helping senior with technology issues. Teaching is some skills that I have experience in and would utilize as a Computer Science Representative.

Outside of classes, I take time to learn Javascript, HTML-5, and Git; For this summer, learning these languages and software will be my priorities.

Name: Kristine Kim
Major:
3rd year Applied Mathematics
Running for:
#1 Stats/Data Science Rep
#2 Midterm Review Session Coordinator *new*

Hi, I am Kristine and I am a third-year Applied Mathematics major and Statistics minor. I am the current Statistics/Data Sciences Representative and I would love to continue to be a Statistics/Data sciences Representative for the next executive team.

Having been a committed member of the QSCU, I learned a lot about how the course union works and how to plan and host events over the past year. My confidence has truly grown through this opportunity.

I think my ongoing commitment and passion to expand my knowledge within Stats/Data Science will help the next executive team. I love organizing, scheduling and I try my best to stay on top of things. By helping to organize events to build friendships to facilitate peer learning within the statistics/data science department I believe we can make a difference in someone’s university experience. Coming to Canada for the first time was scary, I knew no one in my classes and simply adjusting to university seemed daunting. Events put on by the QSCU helped me to meet others in my classes and build connections that I still have to this day.

Name: Ava Cornell
Major:
2nd year Physics, Mathematics minor
Running for:
#1 External Coordinator

Hi! I’m Ava and I am hoping to join our QSCU executive team as the External Coordinator. I’m currently in my second year of sciences, majoring in physics and minoring in math. I love science, leadership, and socializing so I really value what the QSCU does at UBC Okanagan. I got involved in the QSCU this year and thoroughly enjoyed the group dynamic from the beginning. If elected, I will contribute even more passion and hard work to the already fantastic executive team.

I have the skills to be a highly effective External Coordinator – I’m a collaborative peer, excellent at time management, and an effective event planner. This year I have been involved on campus as a physics TA, a peer mentor, and as an orientation leader. I am highly experienced at working on committees and served on the Calendar Committee and School Planning Council for School District 22. Furthermore, I planned events as a summer camp leader, a member of my high school’s student voice and leadership class, and as the president of my graduation class’s executive team. But, my most important attribute is that I genuinely love the quantitative sciences and want to promote their value to others.

Name: Alexis McKendry  
Major:
2nd year Physics
Running for:
#1 Treasurer

Hey! I’m Alexis a second year physics major minoring in math! I would love to be apart of the QSCU executive team next year as the Treasurer. I just got involved with the QSCU this year and I really enjoy the group dynamic and everything is stands for.

I believe I have the skills to be a great treasurer. This year I am involved on campus as a physics TA and I am apart of the Relay for Life Committee as the Event Development Team Lead. In addition, I work in the after school homework program at Abeerden Hall. I am extremely organized and possess extraordinary time-management skills. Through being apart of the Relay for Life Committee I have become familiar with budget constructions and grant/funding applications through the SUO and external sources. I believe all of this would make me a great addition to the team as treasurer.

Name: Will Filipski
Major: 3rd Year Biochemistry
Running for:
#1 President
#2 Only consider me for the first preference

You left out biochem rep tsk tsk.

I am a 3rd year biochemistry major with a philosophy minor. The only COSC course I have (officially) taken is COSC 301. I enjoy chemistry, philosophy, listening to music (hmu on spotify I make dope playlists), and attending classes im not registered in. Because of this last hobby, I know more about compsci than any biochem major should.
I have a lot of experience representing biochemistry in the QSCU, as I am the only person to have actually held this position. I think this unique experience makes me the ideal candidate for biochem rep, as I need no training and am already aware of the responsibilities required by my position. Ask any executive in the QSCU and they will tell you I have performed all my duties perfectly, and without error. In addition, I have been a regular attendee of the executive meetings, QSCU events/workshops, and am a known and loved member of the compsci community (ily too).
I have experience in HTML, CSS, Python, R, Visual Basic, and a little bit of command line. This means I can make funny compsci jokes too! For loop! Public static void! Use tables to format CSS elements! haha funny jokes.
In conclusion I think I am the ideal candidate for biochemistry representative in the quantitative sciences course union. If this does not convince your gracious personage, I humbly present the single most impressive piece of python code I have ever written and submitted for grading:
“#code works, just ignore warning lol.”
– Will Filipski, 2018