2016 Spring Graduate Profiles

Kori Andrea, Continuing with Chemistry

Bachelor of Science (Honours), in Chemistry

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If you were to ask Kori Andrea four years ago where she would be today, she never would have guessed to be graduating from a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry degree. Kori says she wasn’t ready to move away when graduating from high school and with some inspiration from her proud CBU alumni parents, she knew CBU was the right fit for her.

Kori says that majoring in chemistry has provided a lot of opportunity for her and she really got to know her professors. “Class sizes at CBU are small, especially when you are chemistry major. When your third and fourth year classes have only five or six students, it is impossible for the professor to not know your name. The research opportunities for undergrads at CBU are immense. I’ve often been told that the opportunities are equivalent to the work of a master’s student at a larger university!’ says Kori.

As the president of both the Chemistry and Pre-Med societies, Kori became heavily involved. She participated in many of the science outreach events that occur at CBU, with the most rewarding being CBU’s annual Women in Science event. Kori says she feels that an awareness of science careers in young girls is lacking and she feels a great sense of pride every time she volunteers for the event. Among volunteering, Kori worked as a research student from her first year in the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment and had the opportunity to present her research at conferences and in one publication.

Kori reached success at all levels during her time at CBU. In the summer of 2015 she received a scholarship from DAAD-RISE (German Academic Exchange Service) to spend 12 weeks in Dresden, Germany as a research intern. Upon her graduation from CBU, Kori has received the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC CGS) to continue into her graduate studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland, working toward her Master’s degree in Chemistry.

Kori credits her success to breaking out of her shell and getting involved. She says that becoming involved in extracurricular activities at CBU was a great way for her to meet new people and opened a lot of doors to opportunity. “Don’t hide in the background! Get to know your professors and classmates, this will make your learning experience much more rewarding and allows to you succeed at the highest level possible,” says Kori.

“The thing I like most about CBU is the potential for student success. By choosing CBU I have been able to excel in my studies while remaining actively involved in extracurricular activities within the university. My professors and peers recognize my hard work and I was nominated for the Elmer Britten Memorial award, which I received in March 2015 for my contributions to university life. Along with the friends I’ve met, I will definitely miss the Chemistry professors I’ve become close with over my four years. These people became not only my educators, but my role models.” says Kori.