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Biochemistry Co-op Student of the Year makes a difference in neuroscience

Ross Prager

Various co-op employers

Ross Prager (microbiology honours) is the Co-op Student of the Year for the Optional and Professional Co-op Programs. Ross has leveraged his co-op experiences to explore the intersection of his academic studies and personal interests, and has impressed his colleagues and mentors along the way.

His first work term was with St. John Ambulance Victoria, where he volunteered as a Medical First Responder in the community around Victoria. Next, his interest in neuroscience led to him to work in Dr. Swayne’s molecular and cellular neuroscience laboratory here at UVic, first as a volunteer and then on an NSERC funded work term. Ross is currently completing an honours thesis related to this research under Dr. Swayne’s supervision. Finally, Ross spent last summer as a paramedic with the BCAmbulance Service (BCAS) working in both rural and metro centers. He brought patience and humour to the position that saw him do everything from answering emergency calls in Vancouver’s east side to helping deliver a baby. His work experience has led him to focus on a future in healthcare, where he can combine his interests in the clinical, interpersonal, and research-related aspects of the discipline.

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