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Holly
Fruehwald
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Holly Fruehwald is from Brampton, Ontario, she moved to Oshawa in 2011 where she started her chemistry degree. She completed her BSc in 2017 and started her MSc in Materials Science the same year at Ontario Tech University. She is now pursuing her PhD in Materials Science at the same University. Research interests are the design of novel catalysts for applications in electrochemical energy systems. She also likes reading books about space, space travel, and astronauts in hopes to one day to visit another planet.

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Jayme
Stabler
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Jayme Stabler is currently a PhD candidate in Materials Science at Trent University.  She completed her honours BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2007 and MSc in Materials Science in 2009.  After that she worked in a testing and analytical services lab as a laboratory technician/crew leader and then in the Inorganic Materials Research lab at Trent as a research associate before pursuing her PhD.  Her research experience involves working in collaboration with an entrepreneur to develop industrial recycling processes to turn waste streams into revenue with a focus on sustainable development.  She enjoys spending time with her 2 year old son and her husband, plays volleyball and volunteers regularly with the MS Society of Canada.           

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Renata O. Barichello
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Renata completed her BSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Ontario Tech University in 2018. She began her MSc in Applied Bioscience in May 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Yuri Bolshan. Her current research is focused on the development of methodologies for carbon-carbon bond formation. Prior to attending Ontario Tech University Renata earned her certificate in Culinary Arts (Chef Training) from George Brown College. It was there that she decided to pursue a degree in chemistry, combining her passion for developing recipes with her interest in science. In her spare time she tutors high school students in math and enjoys cooking, baking, and fishing.

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Mandie
Orr
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Mandie (Amanda) is currently a PhD student studying at Trent University in the Environmental and Life Sciences Program. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science in 2017, where her honours research involved the validation of a program (Sherlock) that analyzes impact patterns in bloodstain pattern analysis. Currently, her PhD research develops novel biomaterials that contain functional DNA molecules related to forensic science, biology, and environmental sciences. When she is not in the lab, she is participating in multiple sports organizations including baseball, volleyball and dodgeball, or listening to audiobooks.

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Lidya
Salim
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Lidya was born and raised in Valencia, Venezuela. She moved to Canada in 2011 and has been a student at Ontario Tech University since 2012. She completed her BSc in Biological Science in 2016 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Bioscience under the supervisor of Prof. Jean-Paul Desaulniers. Lidya’s interdisciplinary work involves the chemical synthesis of modified nucleic acids and the assessment of their biological activities in mammalian cell lines. Lidya is very passionate about education and advocates for social change and equity. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

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Kelly Wright is currently a MSc candidate in Materials Science at Trent University. She completed her honours BSc in Chemistry in 2017.  Her research probes nanoscale interactions for bulk applications.  Before returning to academia in 2013 she worked for many years in the equestrian field, and still maintains equestrian sport as a hobby.  She has two sons in grade 4 and volunteers regularly with them in the breakfast club at their school.

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Nadia O.
Laschuk
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Nadia O. Laschuk completed her BSc in Chemistry with a minor in Math in 2015 at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She simultaneously studied concurrent education, and obtained a BEd in 2016 becoming an Ontario Certified Teacher at this time. She began her studies for a PhD in Materials Science in the fall of 2016 at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where she currently studies, under the supervision of Dr. Olena V. Zenkina working in inorganic materials chemistry. Nadia loves to combine her passion for science and childhood education together, volunteering for programs such as Let’s Talk Science, Science Rendezvous, and LEGO Robotics. In her spare time, Nadia is committed to personal health and wellness, and taking care of her German Sheprador (<3 dogs).

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Allison
Jones
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Allison Jones was born and raised in Barrie Ontario. Allison completed her BSc in Chemistry at Ontario Tech University in 2016, where she started her MSc in Material Science the following semester. Her research interests under the supervision of Dr. Liliana Trevani has focused on the physical and chemical properties of synthesized carbon materials for applications in energy storage and conversion. In her free time, she enjoys practicing hot yoga, reading and spending time with friends and family.