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Lauren Braun - Biology

Honours student Lauren Braun (biology) chose the University of Victoria because of its great reputation for undergraduate studies, the location and campus. Being a smaller city, Victoria has a great sense of community that’s also felt on campus. Although smaller than some other schools, Lauren appreciates that UVic can provide resources and opportunities essential for an enjoyable and successful learning experience.

Lauren entered UVic with the President’s Entrance Scholarship and recently received a President’s Scholarship and Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award. Now she’s entering her final year graduating with honours.

Why UVic Biology?

Lauren chose biology because “there is so much interesting information to be learned and so much still to be discovered in the field. UVic’s program has reputable professors and diverse classes that let students gain knowledge in many topics then focus on a particular interest. For me, understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying development is particularly compelling. UVic Biology offered classes and opportunities for me to pursue my interest in this field.”

Lauren’s experience at UVic has allowed her to network with the professors unique to this school. She feels the interest that professors take in enriching the student experience is outstanding. One highlight of her university experience was the opportunity to work in labs in a variety of settings.

Hands-on learning

Well-organized classes with lab components that complement and enhance information learned in lectures were of huge benefit. Lauren felt that the knowledge was always relevant and practical. Additionally, being able to work alongside a professor on an honours project in the lab was an exciting experience for her.

Being in the biology department has opened up great opportunities for Lauren to get hands-on practical experience in a lab setting. She had a chance to to work as a research assistant in a lab one summer and is now working on an honours project with Dr. Bob Chow.

Lauren’s future plans are to pursue a career in the health care field and to complete her master’s in occupational therapy.

Advice to new students

Lauren’s advice to incoming students is to get to know and make connections with their professors early on. So many of the professors are passionate about their research and are willing to provide opportunities, support or suggest resources that will allow students to share their enthusiasm in their field. Everyone should also take the time to enjoy the many beautiful aspects of the island.

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