Science

Candidate Bios

Students' Council (6 seats available)


Nicole Jones

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My name is Nicole Jones. I use she/her pronouns and I am running to be one of your Science Councillors for the University of Alberta Students Union. I’m not the most conventional candidate. I’m a psychology major. I’m shy. I’m introverted. I’m a trans person of color and I don’t always like to have my picture shown in public. But these should not be considered weaknesses. What I learned during the SU Executive elections campaign period is that there is a lack of diversity of people running. Not just a lack of diverse identities but also a lack of diversity in the types of people and this is something that needs to be addressed.My goal is to inspire people of diverse identities to take the leap and run.I don’t know the most about policy but I am driven and ready to learn. I will learn and listen to this wonderful faculty. Since my first semester at this university I have been actively involved on campus, from Week of Welcome, to being a TA for the University of Alberta Dance Club and even briefly volunteering for Residence Services to name a few things. Before I finish my undergrad I want to give back. I want to engage more students in our faculty whether you’re a psychology student, geology student or study computing sciences!

Vote on March 22nd + 23rd and don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to talk!


Genna DiPinto

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Genna DiPinto is passionate about student governance and youth engagement. Her leadership experience includes her service as Chair of the City of Edmonton Youth Council, a group of 13-23 year old Edmontonians who advise City Council and provide youth with opportunities to make change and become involved with local politics. She has also served as Students’ Union President of Archbishop MacDonald High School. Genna enjoys science, as well as politics, because she believes that both of these disciplines are centred around the basis of problem-solving and making improvements. Few students are aware of how the Students’ Union functions, what levels of student governance exist, and what current Student Council members are working on. She believes that there needs to be better engagement of all students, and if elected, hopes to increase knowledge about student governance and improve transparency. All students deserve to know what their representatives are doing on their behalf, and all students deserve an opportunity to have their voices heard in student governance.


Habba Mahal

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My name is Habba Mahal and I'm running for re-election on both SU and GFC Councils! I am a third-year Biology student, and when I'm not studying, I can be found working on the family farm, knitting another pair of socks, or binge watching as much television as possible. As the Vice President Community of the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society last year, I gained a lot of experience in representing the science student body. While in charge of funding for the Council of Science Student Associations, I got to see where science groups allocated funding, and what they thought their members, science students, needed most. By attending ISSS's council meetings, I gained insight on what science students valued. As the current Director of Science Governance, I have gained knowledge on the governing structures upholding the ISSS, such as the constitution, so I have the foundational knowledge required to accurately represent the science population.
I believe I would bring a lot of knowledge and insight to the role, while always being receptive to new ideas and perspectives. I am a strong believer in active representation, so my main goal would be to constantly receive feedback from you, to ensure that I am upholding your faith in me. Thank you for considering me as your SU and GFC Science Councillor! You can read more about me and what I stand for on my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/HabbaMahalforSU/ Remember to re-elect Habba Mahal on March 22nd and 23rd!


Hyejun Kim

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Hyejun and I am running again for the Students’ Union councillor position to represent the Faculty of Science. I am a second-year physiology student, student advisor, researcher, global volunteer for the United Nations (UN), and science and travel enthusiast. During the past two years of my university career and last two semesters in the Students’ council, I have been reaching out to know each of you in the Faculty of Science by keeping close interaction with the faculty association, Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society (ISSS), various student groups spanning from academia to community services, and departmental associations including our newest Biology Students’ Departmental Association in which I was a part of the planning team.

I want to take this opportunity to continue to listen to your concerns and to speak up for you. If elected, I will make myself always accessible by e-mail and Facebook page to give you the tools to ensure your needs and voices are heard. I will strive to represent each of you, voice your concerns at the council meetings, and advocate for the absolute needs of science students.

I would be honoured to be your councillor again for the upcoming academic year and thank you in advance for your support!

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Darren Choi

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Hello! My name is Darren Choi, and I’m running to be one of your next SU and GFC Councillors for Science! I’m currently a second-year Astrophysics student here at the U of A. I love Star Wars, reading, video games, and of course, astronomy and physics. I’m running for a few reasons. First and foremost, I want to directly engage all students, especially Science students. We at the Faculty of Science are the largest population on campus, and yet, our voice is one of the quieter ones. There’s no magic bullet for engaging students in governance, but a difference can be made. Second, I want to make sure any potential program changes will be in the best interests of Science students. From potential new course requirements to the prospect of budget cuts, changes, good and bad, are likely coming to our degrees. If a change is going to be made, I want to ensure that Science students, with our diverse, often intense and difficult programs, are affected in a positive way. Finally, I want to hold our new executives accountable to their promises, and work with them in fulfilling them in a meaningful way. Of particular interest to me is helping the executives continue to advance mental health on campus. I also want to personally commit to attend 100% of all Council meeting, barring emergency and illness. Please, visit facebook.com/VoteDChoi for all the details on my candidacy, and please vote!


Rachel Wang

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The name’s Wang, Animalia Chordata Vertebrata Mammalia Theria Eutheria Primates Anthropoidea Hominoidea Hominidae Homo sapiens Rachel Wang. Okay, intro joke is over, let’s cut to the chase because making you laugh with bad puns and jokes constitutes only a fraction of this position’s responsibilities. I’m here because I want to take my time in at least hearing from you. I’m here because you and the rest of the world don’t need another generic politician making empty promises. I’m here because you deserve me making promises to you that I intend to, and WILL, keep. I can’t promise that I can get you free tuition, but I can and do promise that I will work to the best of my ability to represent you, a member of the Faculty of Science, as your voice in the student union.


Anthony Nguyen

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General Faculties Council (9 seats available)


Genna DiPinto

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Genna DiPinto is passionate about student governance and youth engagement. Her leadership experience includes her service as Chair of the City of Edmonton Youth Council, a group of 13-23 year old Edmontonians who advise City Council and provide youth with opportunities to make change and become involved with local politics. She has also served as Students’ Union President of Archbishop MacDonald High School. Genna enjoys science, as well as politics, because she believes that both of these disciplines are centred around the basis of problem-solving and making improvements. Few students are aware of how the Students’ Union functions, what levels of student governance exist, and what current Student Council members are working on. She believes that there needs to be better engagement of all students, and if elected, hopes to increase knowledge about student governance and improve transparency. All students deserve to know what their representatives are doing on their behalf, and all students deserve an opportunity to have their voices heard in student governance.


Habba Mahal

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My name is Habba Mahal and I'm running for re-election on both SU and GFC Councils! I am a third-year Biology student, and when I'm not studying, I can be found working on the family farm, knitting another pair of socks, or binge watching as much television as possible. As the Vice President Community of the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society last year, I gained a lot of experience in representing the science student body. While in charge of funding for the Council of Science Student Associations, I got to see where science groups allocated funding, and what they thought their members, science students, needed most. By attending ISSS's council meetings, I gained insight on what science students valued. As the current Director of Science Governance, I have gained knowledge on the governing structures upholding the ISSS, such as the constitution, so I have the foundational knowledge required to accurately represent the science population.
I believe I would bring a lot of knowledge and insight to the role, while always being receptive to new ideas and perspectives. I am a strong believer in active representation, so my main goal would be to constantly receive feedback from you, to ensure that I am upholding your faith in me. Thank you for considering me as your SU and GFC Science Councillor! You can read more about me and what I stand for on my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/HabbaMahalforSU/ Remember to re-elect Habba Mahal on March 22nd and 23rd!


Darren Choi

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Hello! My name is Darren Choi, and I’m running to be one of your next SU and GFC Councillors for Science! I’m currently a second-year Astrophysics student here at the U of A. I love Star Wars, reading, video games, and of course, astronomy and physics. I’m running for a few reasons. First and foremost, I want to directly engage all students, especially Science students. We at the Faculty of Science are the largest population on campus, and yet, our voice is one of the quieter ones. There’s no magic bullet for engaging students in governance, but a difference can be made. Second, I want to make sure any potential program changes will be in the best interests of Science students. From potential new course requirements to the prospect of budget cuts, changes, good and bad, are likely coming to our degrees. If a change is going to be made, I want to ensure that Science students, with our diverse, often intense and difficult programs, are affected in a positive way. Finally, I want to hold our new executives accountable to their promises, and work with them in fulfilling them in a meaningful way. Of particular interest to me is helping the executives continue to advance mental health on campus. I also want to personally commit to attend 100% of all Council meeting, barring emergency and illness. Please, visit facebook.com/VoteDChoi for all the details on my candidacy, and please vote!


Smit Patel

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Hello there! My name is Smit Patel. I am a third-year student in Biological Sciences and I am running to be your GFC Councillor for 2017-18 to advocate on behalf of all the students in the Faculty of Science. I have served as a Director of design and member of marketing committee for the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society (ISSS) this past year. This experience provided me with an opportunity to engage with science students and gain insight into what science students value and desire the most whether it be related to academic or areas such as community involvement. I also learned about the policy changes that the student body desires to be made specific to their degree. I wish to take this experience and knowledge that I have acquired to the GFC and ensure that the academic plans and program put forward for science students truly reflect their values, and improve their academic experience. My enthusiasm for transparent, accountable and inclusive science community is the foundation of my campaign. If elected I will continue to strive to ensure that science students receive the best quality of education and opportunity to be involved in areas such as research. Thank you for considering me as a GFC Councillor! Vote for Smit Patel on March 22nd & 23rd.


Anthony Nguyen

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