Shuaa and her HYRS Experience (Interview)

Interviewer : Juliver Tomas “JV” (Grade 12)

Alright so the first and most obvious question is what is HYRS?

HYRS aka Heritage Youth Research Summer Program – it was a great opportunity to learn, research and have fun. I did research in an actual lab in the HMRC building right next to the KATZ Lobby. I was investigating Dietary approaches to reverse insulin resistance in Heart failure. ya its quite the mouthful.

What was the experience like?

It was a helpful and motivating experience, allowed me to be exposed to the field of research as a possible area of work in the future. I got to make some great connections in the university and that is something you want to have when moving forward. I also got a chance to get familiar with the campus. IT was an amazing experience to have in Grade 11.

Who can attend?

Grade 11- have the following courses done or be doing when you apply: Bio20/Chem 20 and Math 20- and have atleast an 85% in each. and be committed to your time in the lab.

Why did you want to go?

I wanted to be part of the experience, make connections and just learn about the field a bit more. Its never a bad idea to keep your options open.

Can you tell me the best memory that you have?

Probably the Open house. That was the day we presented all of our summer research on the posters and got to say thanks to all that helped us with this journey; the teachers, parents and lab colleagues.

Would you recommend this to people?

I would definitely recommend this to others, even if you’re not thinking of pursuing a career in science. It’s a good eye-opener, and who knows you may just really love research

What kind of activities did you do?

We had weekly tours of the facilities on and off campus, eat-out lunches, and some evening events like potlucks and HYRS Alumni night.

What made you want to go in the first place?

I got to work with people from all over the world in my lab, and got me to experience this idea old people call the “real world”. It was actually alot of fun going to get Tim’s in the morning with my lab.

How did it influenced your life as a student?

I got to see whether I am someone that could be doing research in the future. I got to make some pretty smart friends and many fun memories to take with me.


About J.V. Tomas

| Pray | Love | Study | Travel | Adventure | Blog | Photography | That's JV's life! Juliver Tomas completed his final year as a full International Baccalaureate student at McNally High School this year (2014). He was the Editor-in-Chief of the official student publication of his previous school, Dorganda High School, back in the Philippines. However, they used "Filipino" as the main medium of their publication that is why expect grammatical errors or "carabao English" on this blog (He is improving his vocab tho). He was also the Editor-in-chief of the school magazine of McNally High School - the McNally Tiger Magazine. He attended various press conferences and competitions. He won the Journalist of the Year award at their school and was the Valedictorian of his class (Class of 2012). He is looking forward to be a Doctor someday and is planning to take a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta next fall. He is currently a World Vision Ambassador and a part of the Red Cross Youth Leaders (RCYL) in Edmonton. He is really engaged in any activities. He loves Sciences, Journalism and Social Justice/Human Rights. He believes in the saying that "Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork"

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