|Current Studies||Post Undergraduate|
|Degree||Doctor of Medicine, UBC Faculty of Medicine|
|Hometown||Fort McMurray, AB|
A recent Biology undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science here at UBC, Denna is now pursuing a medical doctor degree (MD) at the UBC Faculty of Medicine. She was born and raised in Fort McMurray, AB, and is Cree from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Denna worked with Cedar for 2 years as the Program Coordinator.
What are three adjectives that describe you?
Bubbly, optimistic, motivated.
Why did you choose to major in Biology at UBC?
I’ve always been interested in sciences, specifically relating to human physiology and psychology. What really drew me to major in biology was the flexibility in the degree – I can choose to focus my courses on those that integrate my interests. For example, I have chosen to take courses that primarily allow me to study animal physiology and the nervous system rather than plant science (no hate to plants, though). This has also been helpful as I prepare for professional school and am able to take classes that will help me work towards my goal of working in health care.
How has the Faculty of Science shaped your experience as an indigenous student at UBC?
Since coming to UBC, the support provided by Indigenous Advising in the Faculty of Science has brought me closer to my culture than I have been since I was a child. I’ve been able to recognize the value of being an indigenous woman in STEM rather than feeling like an outcast. I’ve also been able to connect with opportunities unique to indigenous students such as sitting on a STEM panel for high school students or even receiving a research grant to spend a summer working in a UBC neuroscience lab. The Faculty of Science has connected me with many indigenous professionals working in different fields which has ultimately shown me the potential I can unlock with my degree. I’ve felt incredibly supported thus far in my time at UBC and am thankful for those who have guided me through this journey.