Bachelor of Health Sciences News Archive

Stories featuring our students, faculty and alumni

2022 Stories

Ye-Jean

BHSc student named as one of this year’s Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recipients

May 2022

Ye-Jean Park, a third year Biomedical Sciences student, has been awarded the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award. The award is given each year to the those who exemplify the humanitarian ideals of Terry Fox by volunteering and giving back to their communities. 

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Catharine

UCalgary’s newest Knight-Hennessy scholar

May 11, 2022

BHSc'20 alumna Catharine Bowman one of 70 learners worldwide named to prestigious Stanford program this year.

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Dr. Guido van Marle

Students’ Union announces 2022 Teaching Excellence Awards winners

April 26, 2022

Dr. Guido van Marle, co-Director Biomedical Sciences, inducted into Teaching Excellence Hall of Fame. Having won three red apples over the course of his teaching career, Dr. van Marle was awarded the golden apple and now proudly sits in the Hall of Fame.

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Standing

BHSc student receives 2022 Women's Resource Centre award

March 8, 2022

Shaelene Standing, a Biomedical Sciences student in the BHSc program, is among three women who have been awarded the 2022 Women's Resources Centre award. They have been recognized for their wisdom, resiliency and compassion.

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Asha

BHSc’17 alumna selected as a finalist for this year’s Commonwealth Youth Awards

March 1, 2022

Asha Hollis, Leaders in Medicine student and BHSc'17 alumna, selected as a finalist for this year’s Commonwealth Youth Awards. The awards recognize outstanding youth around the world whose work is creating an impact in their communities.

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Adibba

BHSc student recognized by Alberta Council for Global Cooperation

January 27, 2022

Adibba Adel, a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at the Cumming School of Medicine, majoring in health and society has been recognized for exhibiting excellence in leadership by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s (ACGC) Top 30 Under 30 Award.

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2021 Stories

Nicole

BHSc'20 alumna awarded Rhodes Scholarship for 2022

December 9, 2021

Alumna Nicole Mfoafo-M'Carthy is one of just 11 Canadians to receive the Rhodes Scholarship for 2022. She joins a very select group who will be heading to Oxford in October 2022 and is the third alumni to have been awarded this prestigious award in the past four years.

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BHSc students

Calling biomedical undergrads everywhere: UCalgary conference planned for 2022

November 24, 2021

Fatima Iqbal and Joweria Ekram, who conceived the conference as Bachelor of Health Sciences students majoring in bioinformatics, aim to connect, equip, and inspire biomedical leaders of tomorrow.

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Jenna

PURE awardee, BHSc student Jenna Salem, researches anti-racism on campus

November 15, 2021

This past summer Jenna Salem was awarded the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) studentship where she designed her research around understanding the behaviours and actions, to better understand the impacts of racism on campus.

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Zahra

BHSc'07 alumna named Top 40 Under 40 2021 by Avenue Magazine

October 26, 2021

Dr. Zahra Goodarzi is a rare specialist in an underserved field — a clinician-scientist who’s an expert in combining research and clinical care to help Canada’s elderly.

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Dewvon

BHSc'10 alumnus named Top 40 Under 40 2021 by Avenue Magazine

October 26, 2021

Ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr. Devon Livingstone has improved access to care through his company Alethea, which provides physicians with novel diagnostic devices and an e-consult platform.

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Allesha

U of C students create art that brings mental health issues to light

October 27, 2021

BHSc students, Allesha & Shyla are amongst a group of four University of Calgary students who collaborated with the Art of Mindfulness project in the hope of helping reduce stigmas surrounding mental health.

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Anjola

A Field School Experience Unlike Any Other

August 2021

As a Bioinformatics student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, Anjola became interested in public health, and found the perfect opportunity to gain field experience in public health, statistics, health systems, and the intersection of the three in a global context.

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online learning

Enterprising UCalgary volunteers ramp up free online tutoring

June 2021

BHSc alumni Melia Alcantara, BHSc’20, and Michael Buie, BHSc’20, among group of UCalgary volunteers that helped launch Connect Tutoring. The student-led tutoring program helps low- to middle-income families who have children in kindergarten to Grade 12.

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Felicia

University students volunteer to tutor K-12 kids struggling in pandemic

June 13, 2021

Third year BHSc student, Felicia Deng, among 25 tutors from UCalgary giving their time to tutor K-12 kids. They have given nearly 1,000 hours of their time helping students in all subject areas.

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Erin

Class of 2021: Erin Brintnell

June 9, 2021

Erin Brintnell found her research passion through the Bachelor of Health Sciences mentorship program.

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Nabhya

Haskayne Master of Management opens up next chapter for science grad

May 28, 2021

BHSc alumnus, Nabhya Harjai'20, opens up about his journey from Biomedical Sciences to the Haskayne Master of Management program.

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Rahul

Peak Scholar helps chart route out of COVID-19

May 20, 2021

BHSc alumnus and Peak Scholar Rahul Arora co-creates innovative platform to track global COVID-19 serology testing data.

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2021 Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Awards winners announced

April 29, 2021

Dr. Ebba Kurz, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Health and Science Education, is honoured for excellence in undergraduate teaching at this year’s Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Awards while Dr. Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio, Senior Instructor, receives a Hall of Fame award.

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Vienna

BHSc'20 alumna recipient of this year's Sears Undergraduate Summer Studentship

March 26, 2021

Vienna Buchholz, a medical student at the University of Alberta, is the 2021 recipient of the Sears Undergraduate Summer Studentship.

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Nabila

First recipient of Support A Med Student award inspired by her journey

March 23, 2021

BHSc'17 alumna, Nabila Bahrami, is first recipient of the Support a Med Student Award (SAMS). SAMS is funded by Cumming School of Medicine graduates and is designed to help support the next generation of medical leaders.

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Graham

Finalists named for McCall MacBain Scholarships

February 11, 2021

Graham Bennett, BHSc'21, one of two University of Calgary students named as finalists for McCall MacBain Scholarship. This inaugural scholarship is Canada's first comprehensive leadership-based scholarship for master's and professional programs.

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Sadiq

BHSc alumnus awarded Top 30 Under 30 award by ACGC

February 2021

Ibrahim Sadiq'19, named in this year's Top 30 under 30 by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC).

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Previous Years

  1. Eight BHSc Undergrad researchers receive more than $25,000 at SU symposium

    December 8, 2017

  2. iGEM's poop-to-plastic concept wins international gold medal

    December 7, 2017

  3. Jennifer Logan - Supporting BHSc Students

    2017

  4. BHSc Instructor recipient of Killam Award in Undergraduate Mentorship 2017

    October 19, 2017

  5. BHSc Graduate Receives Prestigious 2017 Vanier Scholar Award

    September 27, 2017

  6. BHSc student claims prestigious award

    August 7, 2017

  7. Recent BHSc graduate, Asha Hollis, talks about her future

    2017

  8. Student experiences in the BHSc program

    June 6, 2017

  9. Biomedical student has granola-making down to a science

    May 5, 2017

  10. Fourth year BHSc student, Jessica Britton, wins award

    April 4, 2017

  1. Students' Union rewards 102 undergrads for excellence in research

    December 4, 2018

  2. Health Sciences student wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

    November 27, 2018

  3. Dr. Tolulope Sajobi awarded the Top 40 Under 40 award for 2018!

    October 24, 2018

  4. UCalgary partnership in Ethiopia creates global citizens

    September 24, 2018

  5. Students fly in 'Vomit Comet' to test 3D-printing tools with recycled astronaut poo

    August 29, 2018

  6. Leaving home, attending university not so scary for Indigenous learners after summer camp

    August 20, 2018

  7. Claire Donnici gains skills in inquiry-based learning and how to structure a research project

    July 23, 2018

  8. Winners of the 2018 President's Award announced

    June 4, 2018

  9. Getting published as undergrads: A mentorship story

    May 30, 2018

  10. Ghanaian immigrant once trapped between worlds finds her passion helping others

    May 5, 2018

  11. Students reflect on the importance of scholarship support

    April 26, 2018

  12. Fortney: Young Immigrant Awards finalists prove the kids really are alright

    March 9, 2018

  13. Bioinformatics at the University of Calgary: The healthy crunch of data

    February 10, 2018

  1. Fourth year BHSc student makes Forbes Top 30 under 30 list for 2020

    December 2019

    Biomedical Sciences student Catharine Bowman makes the Forbes Top 30 under 30 healthcare list for 2020.

  2. BHSc students take part in this year's SU Research Symposium

    December 3, 2019

    Winners of Students’ Union 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium announced and five BHSc students among the winners. Congratulations to Michelle C., Mikayla F., Alyssa F., Nabhya H., and Drue N.

  3. Emily Boucher, BHSc'19 alumna, named Rhodes Scholar for 2020

    November 27, 2019

    First-year Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) student Emily Boucher secured one of the three spots for students from the prairies. She will join ten other Canadian scholars at the University of Oxford next fall. She joins fellow BHSc alumni Rahul Arora, who is a 2019 Rhodes Scholar recipient.

  4. Four BHSc students named to Academic All-Canadian team

    December 3, 2019

    The University of Calgary honoured a record 147 student-athletes Tuesday at the annual Academic All-Canadian Breakfast, presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

  5. High-performing undergrads turn green into gold at international competition

    December 2, 2019

    Chlorophyll solution for canola farmers earns accolade for UCalgary's iGEM 2019 team at this year's iGEM competition in Boston. The team finished in second place, making them the best-performing Canadian team in the history of the competition.

  6. Current and BHSc alumnus make 2019 Top 40 Under 40 list

    Fourth year student Catharine Bowman (Biomedical Sciences) and BHSc'08 alumnus Dr. Ryan Todd (Health & Society) make the annual list of Calgary's Top 40 under 40 for 2019 by Avenue magazine.

  7. BHSc'13 alumna Emily Hicks awarded the Arch Award for 2019

    Co-founder and president of FREDsense, Corporate Knights Top 30 Under 30 for Sustainability, Creative Destruction Lab grad, high school mentor.

  8. UCalgary mentors 'changed the way that I think about things'

    Oct. 25, 2019

    Third year BHSc student Sunand Kannapan speaks about the importance of mentorship at the University of Calgary.

  9. Faculty members recognized with Killam awards

    Oct. 24, 2019

    Dr. Ebba Kurz, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Health and Science Education awarded the 2019 McCaig-Killam Teaching Award, and Dr. Donna Slater, Co-Director of Biomedical Sciences awarded the Killam Undergraduate Mentorship Award.

  10. Queen Elizabeth Scholar learns to navigate cultural complexity in Africa

    Oct. 17, 2019

    Fourth year BHSc student, Tyler Warnock, shares benefits of ethical international internship in Uganda.

  11. Health sciences students help paint pictures of maternal health in Uganda

    Oct. 10, 2019

    In the summer of 2019, eight University of Calgary Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) students gained first-hand experience with health promotion and community engagement in Uganda.

  12. Adam Ramzy receives 2019 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award

    October 3, 2019

    BHSc'12 alumnus Adam Ramzy honoured as he receives the 2019 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award for demonstrating a passion for community engagement and dedication to knowledge translation.

  13. BHSc student Stefan Gavriliuc wins $10,000 prize

    September 17, 2019

    Fourth year BHSc Bioinformatics student wins $10,000 prize at Calgary International Equine Symposium. The conference attracts both renowned researchers and emerging scholars in horse health.

  14. Former UCalgary BHSc valedictorian to study why some global health projects fail

    August 30, 2019

    BHSc'17 alumnus Elliott Reichardt receives prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship to Stanford.

  15. Biomedical technology: The ideal career path mixing science and business

    Aug. 30, 2019

    Biomedical Technology program offers unique blend of science and business education with practical industry experience to help students like Reid Collins, BHSc'18, use their passion for science to potentially improve the lives of millions.

  16. Uganda field school student gains valuable skills and career insights

    August 2, 2019

    Emily Downey, a third year BHSc student, talks about her time in Uganda this summer and how she gained valuable skills and career insights.

  17. BHSc student earns Provincial Honour

    July 24, 2019

    Second year BHSc student Arzina Jaffer was recognized for her outstanding commitment to volunteerism and the community. Arzina received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal which was presented to her by Lt. Governor Lois Mitchell.

  18. Athlete uses his own body to study embodiment in sport

    Alumni News

    July 22, 2019

    BHSc (HSOC major) alumnus Ian MacNairn completed a Master of Arts and just finished a PhD studying the ethnography of the ultra-running community.

  19. Class of 2019: UCalgary's 2019 President's Award winners

    BHSc graduates Rahul Arora and Tingting Yan named UCalgary 2019 President's Award recipients.

     

  20. BHSc student shortlisted for RBC's Canadian Immigrant Awards

    May 15, 2019

    Ruth Legese recognized for her work to improve lives in Canada and Ethiopia; deadline May 16 to cast your vote.

  21. Students recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching

    April 26, 2019

    Dr. Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio one of 41 faculty members to receive this year's SU Teaching Excellence Award. This annual event was held on April 23.

  22. Graduate students and supporters recognized for excellence at GSA's annual Awards Gala

    Alumni News

    April 11, 2019

    Robert Mayall and Asha Hollis, two former BHSc students, are recognized for excellence at this year's GSA's annual Awards Gala.

     

  23. Experiential learning: Two students and an instructor share their stories

    April 25, 2019

    Dr. Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio is featured in today's UToday as she talks about her enjoyment in being involved with the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.

  24. 2019 3M National Student Fellowship recipients are named

    April 9, 2019

    Fourth year BHSc student Tingting Yan is named one of the recipients of the 2019 3M National Student Fellowship.

  25. BHSc alumna Asha Hollis wins Graduate Student Sustainability Award.

    Alumni News

    March 21, 2019

    2019 Sustainability Award winners and nominees celebrated at March 19 ceremony.

  26. Cumming School of Medicine recognizes excellence in teaching and research

    March 12, 2019

    BHSc student and 2018 Rhodes Scholar recipient Rahul Arora was the given the opportunity to speak at the event. 

  27. BHSc alumna Emily Hicks on her struggle in the tech industry

    Alumni News

    March 8, 2019

    ‘I have to prove myself’ – Calgary women see improvement but still face tech industry hurdles.

  28. Canada's future leaders inspire as CEO for the day

    March 8, 2019

    Fourth year BHSc student, Tingting Yan joins Calgary Economic Development President and CEO, Mary Moran, as CEO for the day.

  29. Cumming School student group encourages undergrads to pursue research

    March 7, 2019

    Dubbed by its members as the “WolbPack,” after their supervisor Dr. Gregor Wolbring, PhD, the group includes students from the Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Bachelor of Health Sciences programs. 

  30. What problem are you trying to solve? Detecting bacteria quickly

    Alumni News

    February 28, 2019

    Robert Mayall, who graduated from the BHSc program in 2013, created a hand-held biosensor capable of detecting bacteria in minutes instead of days.

  31. Calgary students, doctors push for strict regulation

    February 12, 2019

    A group of Calgary students is seeking strict regulation of vaping products in response to concerns over increased e-cigarette use among youth.

  32. 'Dr. Mom' debunks unscientific mommy blog advice

    Alumni News

    January 14, 2019

    Dr. Stephanie Liu is a former UCalgary BHSc student who graduated in 2008. She is now a University of Alberta family physician who runs her own mom blog called Life of Dr. Mom (https://lifeofdrmom.com/).

  33. BHSc athletes named to All-Canadian teams for 2017-2018

    January 9, 2019

    Congratulations to the following BHSc students Sabrina Wong (field hockey), Kira Makuk (women's hockey), Ty Verbicki (men's soccer), Daniel Vera (track & field/cross country) and Logan Haynes (track & field/cross country) for being selected to the Academic All-Canadian teams for 2017-2018.

  34. BHSc student, Asha Hollis, drives effort to make medical inventions more affordable around the world

    Alumni News

    January 8, 2019

    Asha Hollis, a BHSc graduate class of 2017, travelled to Sri Lanka and India, where she spoke at an international medical congress and won an award for her presentation.

    The University of Calgary became the second post-secondary institution in Canada to adopt Global Access to Medicines Principles as a result of Asha's efforts.

  1. Government of Canada funds two UCalgary researchers

    December 21, 2020

    BHSc'07 alumna and current mentor in the BSHc Mentorship Program, Zahra Goodarzi has received federal funding for her work to strengthen pandemic preparedness in long-term care facilities.

     

  2. Christian Farrier becomes UCalgary’s 19th Rhodes Scholar

    December 1, 2020

    Cumming School of Medicine alumnus is among 11 Canadians to receive a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford next year. Christian began his academic journey at the University of Calgary in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program as a Biomedical Sciences Major.

  3. UCalgary medical students work with immigrant youth to co-create health programs

    December 1, 2020

    BHSc'20 (Health & Society) alumna, Whitney Ereyi-Osas, now in her first year of medical school at the University of Calgary, has been involved with the Refugee and Immigrant Student Empowerment (RISE) since her undergraduate days. RISE is led by led Dr. Turin Chowdhury, a member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the Cumming School of Medicine.

  4. Dr. Ting awarded the 2020 Killam Award for Undergraduate Mentorship

    Dr. Fabiola Aparicio-Ting (Director for Health and Society) awarded the 2020 Killiam Award for Undergraduate Mentorship. This is a prestigious honour that recognizes her long-standing commitment to the mentorship of BHSc students.

  5. Class of 2020: BHSc alumna Kira Makuk

    November 24, 2020

    Kira balanced the demands of being a varsity athlete while completing her BHSc degree during her time at the University of Calgary.

  6. Alumni and students develop tool to track Covid-19 spread

    November 23, 2020

    In early April, Rahul Arora, BHSc’19 and Tingting Yan, BHSc’19 wanted to find a way to contribute meaningfully to the pandemic response. The former classmates quickly realized that they could organize the University of Calgary alumni, epidemiologists, and programmers in their networks, building a tool that could help with Canada’s Covid-19 strategy.

  7. Lab experience teaches undergrad new ways of seeing datasets

    September 4, 2020

    In Ward of the 21 Century summer student program, Syed Rizvi learns more about research — and himself.

  8. Symposium highlights undergraduate summer research

    September 4, 2020

    Bioinformatics student, Anjola Adeboye, shares her summer research experience at this year's online version of the 2020 Summer Student Symposium.

  9. 4 best friends in the BHSc program all get into med school

    June 29, 2020

    Four Black best friends who met at the University of Calgary not only graduated together this year — each of them were also accepted into medical school.

  10. Class of 2020: UCalgary’s President’s Award winners

    June 25, 2020

    Three Bachelor of Health Sciences students recognized for academic achievement, leadership and contributions to the community.

  11. Volunteering fuels international student’s desire to improve others’ lives

    June 24, 2020

    Kuwaiti Fajer Hasan graduates from health sciences to start medical degree.

  12. Two BHSc students set up scholarship for Northeast high schoolers

    June 19, 2020

    Two BHSc students, Hana and Zainab Osman, have created the Outstanding Student Merit Award for New BHSc Students graduating from Bishop McNally High School, Lester B. Pearson High School or Nelson Mandela High School.

  13. Teaching Awards recipients invited to join Teaching Academy

    June 10, 2020

    BHSc Associate Dean, Undergraduate Health and Science Education, Dr. Ebba Kurz, awarded Educational Leadership (Individual, Formal) award.

  14. BHSc student one of a record 24 Black students to be admitted into MD program

    June 2, 2020

    Nicole M'carthy, a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, is one of 24 Black students who will be joining the University of Toronto medical school class this year.

  15. BHSc students take lead in offering free grocery delivery service

    May 21, 2020

    UCalgary students and community members want to make a difference for seniors and at-risk residents who are stuck at home.

  16. Calgary students and business unite to feed those in need

    April 24, 2020

    Over 100 Calgarians in need were able to enjoy hot, prepared meals thanks to a collaboration between a group of BHSc students and a local business looking to give back to the community.

  17. Recipients of 2020 Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Awards announced

    April 24, 2020

    Dr. Fabiola Aparicio-Ting, Director of Health & Society, awarded the 2020 Teaching Excellence Award.

  18. BHSc student featured in award winning video

    April 15, 2020

    Storytellers showcase campus changemakers in Innovation Untold contest.

  19. COVID-19 Questions and answers

    April 9, 2020

    Dr. Guido van Marle (Co-Director of Biomedical Sciences) and Dr. Chris Moody invited to speak about where exactly did COVID-19 come from, and what does this mean for other viruses? What public health measures are being taken in response to COVID-19, and why is the global impact of this particular virus so big?

  20. U of C students need more volunteers for their free grocery delivery service

    April 5, 2020

    Three BHSc University of Calgary students are helping out their communities by offering a free grocery delivery service for at-risk Calgarians unable to visit stores themselves.

  21. BHSc'07 alumna Meaghan Nolan, co-founder of Mikata Health

    February 13, 2020

    Kyle Nishiyama, left, and Meaghan Nolan, right, started Mikata Health about 2.5 years ago and it already serves 250 doctors and 250,000 patients.