It was after attending the annual Women in Science and Engineering conference in grade 10, hosted by CBU professor, Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, that Libby Morrison of Westmount, confirmed her desire to study at CBU. “This conference allowed me to complete my grade 11 science fair in Dr. MacQuarrie’s lab and I was able to continue as a summer research student until my second year of university,” says Libby Morrison.
During her time at CBU she worked under the supervision of Dr. Ken Oakes and Dr. Beth Mason who assisted her in the completion of her honours’ thesis. “I’ve had a lot of great professors and lab instructors that have emphasized the importance of research. I’m very grateful for these experiences moving forward, as I will be continuing my studies at Dalhousie University in the Faculty of Medicine and all medical students must partake in a Research in Medicine project throughout their degree,” says Libby.
On top of all her research initiatives, Libby was involved in multiple extracurricular activities. She was involved in the Chemistry, Biology, and Pre-Med societies, was a Student Adviser in the First-Year Advising Centre, as a Peer Success Coach for Student Affairs, and as a note taker, tutor, and proctor for the Jennifer Keeping Centre, and spent time on the CBUSU Student’s Representative Council as a student representative for the School of Science and Technology and as Vice-Chair of the Council.
Aside from her activities on campus, she remained active throughout the community. Libby was a medical secretary for the ALLY Centre Health Clinic, volunteered for the Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, worked as a barista at the Ugly Mug, both on campus and in Sydney River, and was a soccer coach in the summers. “Balancing volunteer, work and academic commitments has been challenging at times, but it’s something I’ve improved upon with time,” says Libby.
Libby Morrison is set to graduate from CBU and continue her journey at Dalhousie University in the Faculty of Medicine. “I would not be ready for this new journey if it weren’t for my experiences at Cape Breton University! I feel like I am prepared both academically and personally for this new challenge,” says Libby.