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Science Peer Mentors

Faculty of Science mentors are your upper-year science peers. They volunteer their time to help first year students learn the ropes of university life. Stay tuned to meet your 2021-2022 mentors.  

Corradina Towie

Corradina Towie

Program/Year: Biology, Co-op, 2nd year
Experiences: Usher at local theatre, Executive vendor relations manager at school's Christmas market. General member of schools OSAID (Ontario Students against impaired driving), Volunteer vocalist performers, administrative volunteer at American Guild Music Competition in Niagara Falls.
Interests: Singing, baking, gardening, being creative, puzzles.
Passions: Genetics, Botany, Biotechnology, Expanding my horizons.
Advice: My advice is to not fear your professors and TA’s. They are there to help your success and want you to succeed. They are super nice and will help you in any way they can or connect you with other people that may help. Just reach out and introduce yourself.
Additional languages: N/A
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Adshaiya Ananthan

Adshaiya Ananthan

Program/Year: Biomedical Science, 3rd year
Experiences: Peer Mentor at Reaching Across Generations, Private tutor, Camp counselor, helped in fundraisers for schools and political organizations, fast food service.
Interests: Reading, drawing, hiking, volleyball, political issues, openness to experiences.
Passions: Basic human rights, LGBT, books, exploring
Advice: My advice is to reach out to your professors and get to know them. Try going to their office hours because chances are they will be excited to see and talk to a student. Being more proactive and engaged with your professor will make your learning experience more enjoyable and it can introduce you into the networking world in academia.
Additional languages: N/A
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Eman Irfan

Eman Irfan

Program/Year: Biology, 2nd year
Experiences:
Palliative care volunteer, hair donation fundraiser for school, sick kids fundraiser, volunteered at hospital, worked at multiple retail services.
Interests:
Nature, hiking, walking, binge watching movies and shows, huge foodie!
Passions:
Music, learning about new cultures and traditions, eating, world issues, (one of the major ones being the conflict of Palestine right now). A few other things I am passionate about would be growing and helping others grow with me. Along with all think I am passionate about medicine and dentistry.
Advice:
My advice for anyone coming into university would be to manage your time. It is very cliche, but work starts to get piled up when time is not managed properly. Along with time management, balance of life is also very important. University can take up a HUGE portion of your life which can have negative impacts on your mental and physical health. Also don’t forget to have fun, you aren’t going to be in university forever. It is important to take some time off.
Additional languages: Urdu, Hindi.
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Steven Tran

Steven Tran

Program/Year: Biomedical Sciences Co-op, 3rd year
Experiences: VP Finance for BMSCU and Pre-Medical Society, Academic Support for Ryerson’s Pre-Dental Society, VP Corporate Relations for Ryerson Trek for Teens, Sponsorship Coordinator for Ontario’s Science Students’ Association, Events Coordinator for Ryerson Stem Cell Club, Community Partnership Associate for Science Everywhere, Volunteer for Visions of Science, Tutor for TheMathGuru, Jr. Laboratory Technician at Activation Labs.
Interests: Anime, talking to people, playing guitar, cooking.
Passions: Eating, music, culinary arts, exploring new and weird paths for careers and school, having fun.
Advice: Join opportunities at school when you can with some friends! Use each other as an obligation to go to the next meeting, event and to have someone that is familiar to you while you’re exposed to a new environment. The Ryerson community is fantastic at giving each other advice and help throughout your courses. Find an upper year that you feel comfortable with if you have any questions for courses or even advice on your career path! Seek out help when you realize that your learning semester is getting to you negatively.
Additional languages: Vietnamese.
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Queenie Ma

Queenie Ma

Program/Year: Chemistry 4th Year
Experiences: : Chemistry Course Union (VP of Events & VP of Administration), barista, open house (chem rep), camp counsellor, convocation staff.
Interests: Painting, playing frisbee & volleyball.
Passions: Medicine, dentistry, chemistry, exploring and learning new things.
Advice: Don’t be afraid to talk to others or even reach out, make friends and a connection! Join clubs and/or unions to find people that have similar interests as you or others in the same program.
Additional languages: Cantonese.
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Eswari Sethuraman

Eswari Sethuraman

Program/Year: Biomedical Science, 4th year.
Experiences: SciXchange volunteer, Operations director of Biomed-IN in the past, Volunteer at Sunnybrook, TA organic chemistry, Lean-In Podcast Member, Tutor.
Interests: Travelling, Working-out, Reading & Shopping!
Passions: Feminism, Mentoring ,Volunteering.
Advice: Take things day by day and don’t get caught up on assignments & exams!
Additional languages: Tamil, Hindi, Arabic, French.
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Samantha Jurawan

Samantha Jurawan

Program/Year: Biology, 3rd year.
Experiences: Shadowed doctors and volunteered to help patients in a hospice, I am one of the Directors of the Chemistry and Biology department for the RSS, and I worked at a pharmacy.
Interests: Playing the violin and piano, watching medical shows, and exercising.
Passions: Helping people, learning new things, getting opportunities, being open-minded.
Advice: My advice to you is to not pressure yourself in the first year of university because everything gets better and will fall into place, and try to get involved in the university.
Additional languages: Spanish and Arabic.
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Ajanth Sivakumar

Ajanth Sivakumar

Program/Year: Financial Mathematics, 2nd year
Experiences: FCSS Orientation Leader, TechTalent Hackathon Competitor, RSS Awards Committee member, Crew Trainer at McDonald’s.
Interests: Stand-up comedy, sneakers, NBA, anime, hip-hop music (Favourite Artists: Tory Lanez and Chris Brown) exploring the world, trying new foods and sightseeing!
Passions: Make people laugh and smile! Working out and playing sports. Mathematics and finance. My fashion and sneakers.
Advice: Stay smiling and laughing. Make the best out of every situation, life is short, enjoy it while it lasts. Highschool went by so quickly, so take advantage of your Ryerson career and get involved!
Additional languages: Tamil
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Helen Melino

Helen Melino

Program/Year: Medical Physics, 3rd year
Experiences: At Ryerson, I have been involved in athletics (ex. intramurals/Ryerson recreation, Ryerson Dance Pak), and have also been quite involved in my program. I am currently VP Communications on the Medical Physics Course Union, Medical Physics Director on the RSS, and I am also co-chairing the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC 2021), which is being hosted at Ryerson for the first time ever! I also have experience as a Research Assistant at Ryerson and I am an experienced tutor and mentor, so feel free to message me for any advice/help!
Interests: Radiology, writing, healthcare and physics.
Passions: Dance, painting, leadership activities, Starbucks and tree-top trekking.
Fun Facts: My career goal is to become a radiologist (doctor that reads xrays/ultrasounds/MRIs etc.). Before I decided this, I wanted to become an Editor, which is the complete opposite!
Advice: Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone! Some of your best experiences and friendships can come from opening up and trying something new.
Additional languages: French.
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Rodiat Aremu

Rodiat Aremu

Program/Year: Chemistry, 2nd year
Experiences: First year I was a first-year representative for the chemistry course union and during my 2nd year I got the position of the Vp of equity, inclusion and communication for the chemistry course union. For my first and second year I was also a mentee with the Ryerson Tri-mentoring program.
Interests: I love reading online novels and blogs, I love watching BL series, drama series especially the historical one’s same thing goes for Chinese dramas and their series. I like being creative and I also love new ideas.
Passions: I love reading online novels and blogs, I love watching BL series, drama series especially the historical one’s same thing goes for Chinese dramas and their series. I like being creative and I also love new ideas.
Advice: I need a lot of advices myself but something I just want to put out is that “never let or put yourself down to make others feel better, it will never end well” also “Always think of your feelings before putting yourself in other shoes because we are told to love our neighbours as we love ourselves not love them more than we do ourselves”.
Additional languages: Yoruba, Hausa, Arabic.
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Monica Mancini

Monica Mancini

Program/Year: Biomedical Sciences (Co-op Program), 5th year
Experiences: Co-op student (internships at St. Michael’s Hospital, Sanofi Pasteur, and Ontario Public Service), Student Development Representative at the Ryerson Annual Fund, Co-operative Education Peer Mentor at the Ryerson Career and Co-op Centre.
Interests: Reading, graphic design, photography.
Passions: Mentorship, travel, skincare, makeup/fashion.
Advice: A piece of advice that I would give to any incoming university student would be to step outside of your comfort zone. Trying new things and pushing yourself to learn new skills is not only empowering, but is also the quickest way to grow as an individual. If you are looking to get the most out of your post-secondary experience, I would recommend doing things that may intimidate you at first but that you know will be rewarding in the end!
Additional languages: N/A
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Jenna Vu
Jenna Vu

Program/Year: Biology, 2nd year
Experiences: I take part in clubs such as the Ryerson Pre-dental Society and the Vietnamese Society at Ryerson (VSAR), where I serve as the Financial Associate and the Director of Corporate Relations respectively. At the moment I’m not employed, however, in the month of June I am planning to take on a research opportunity. The research opportunity will allow me to engage in the intricacies of wastewater management through bioremediation.
Interests: I take part in clubs such as the Ryerson Pre-dental Society and the Vietnamese Society at Ryerson (VSAR), where I serve as the Financial Associate and the Director of Corporate Relations respectively. At the moment I’m not employed, however, in the month of June I am planning to take on a research opportunity. The research opportunity will allow me to engage in the intricacies of wastewater management through bioremediation.
Passions: I’m an advocate for human rights and world issues. In addition, research in the fields of dentistry or vaccines is something that drives me. Skincare is also something I’m devoted to, as many do not realize the dangers of UVA & UVB radiation which can lead to serious consequences. In conjunction, I believe everyone should be comfortable and confident in their own skin and by understanding the foundations of skincare, I strongly entrust that skincare can achieve that. In general, helping others fuels these passions.
Advice: The biggest piece of advice I would give to incoming students is finding friends that will help support you as the transition from high school to university is drastic. It is very easy to fall behind if you don’t have a consistent schedule and a support system to motivate you to be the best version of you. Not only that but having friends you can rely on will definitely make the university experience more pleasurable.
Additional languages: Vietnamese, and conversational Cantonese and French.
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Fatima Ateeq

Program/Year: Chemical Engineering, 2nd year
Experiences: I started my journey at Ryerson by working as the Lead Mentor at the Tri-Mentoring Program, then I was the Research and Assessment Assistant at Student Affairs, an Academic Advisor and Special Projects Assistant at the Engineering department, and now I am the Science Peer Mentor Lead at the First-Year Science Office.
Interests: Cooking, baking, gardening, nature, watching movies and documentaries, and eating!
Passions: Being there for others, helping people, learning new things, mentoring, and chemistry!!
Advice: My advice would be to be your true self and be confident in who you are! By doing this, you attract positive people and environments that are great for your well being!
Additional languages: Urdu
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Unnati Desai

Program, Year: Bachelor of Science Chemistry, 2nd Year
Experiences: Hospital volunteer, Medical Receptionist
Interests: Poetry, climate change, and chemistry
Passions: Painting, longboarding
Advice: My advice is to get involved with the university community as much as possible. This is a great way to make friends and professional connections and pursue new and/or practiced activities or hobbies.
Additional Languages: Gujarati
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