UGSLA Recipient: Lucy Chau

Undergraduate Student Leader: Immunology


As a leader, I believe it is important to create a student learning environment that fosters collaboration and excellence. For four years, I was involved with the First Year Learning Community as a mentor for first year students transitioning into a university environment.  In 2011, I was elected Treasurer, Vice President, as well as President of the Immunology Students’ Association (IMMSA).  I coordinated initiatives to promote student learning as well as set the academic standards of the Department of Immunology. 

As the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Undergraduate Life Sciences (JULS), I created opportunities for undergraduates across Canada to showcase their research.  As the organizer of the annual Ontario-Quebec Undergraduate Immunology Conference (OQUIC), I worked hard on this cross-provincial initiative that showcases undergraduate research of over 11 Universities in the region. This conference helped to connect aspiring scientists with leading immunologists in North America as well as encourage research involvement among our students.