November 3rd -5th , Bethune Alumni will be coming to speak about their experiences in the work force!
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See their Bios Below
Brothers Matthew and Geoffrey Sem
Geoffrey Sem is a third-year medical student at the University of Toronto, with concurrent studies in the MSc Systems Leadership and Innovation program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in 2018. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he and fellow medical students scaled the Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP), a nation-wide initiative which helps build social connections between student volunteers and older adults. Geoff's previous volunteer work with refugees, immigrant youths, and Canadian war veterans further inspired him to advocate for social justice. Outside of school, he is passionate about breakdancing, being in nature, and spending time with loved ones.
Matthew Sem is a third-year medical student (Class of 2022) at the University of Toronto after completing three years of the Kinesiology and Health Sciences program at York University. As a previous athlete, his research throughout undergrad was in the realm of mild traumatic brain injuries, specifically concussions. His current research at St. Michael’s Hospital focuses on methods to optimize defibrillation outcomes after cardiac arrest. He has interests in emergency medicine, education/mentorship, and is passionately involved in suicide prevention within his community as a past crisis-line responder and current board member with Distress & Crisis Ontario. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching hip-hop and breakdance to youth.
Olga Andriyevska is a PhD student in the department of Physics and Astronomy (PHAS) at York University. She has completed two Undergraduate degrees and a Master’s degree at York. During her lengthy time in the PHAS department, Olga has become heavily involved in the its community through student clubs and diversity-focused initiatives. Since her second year of a Physics Undergraduate degree, Olga has been involved in Physics research – first, in SOLTA, then in the Antimatter Lab (which lead to a major project at MIPBF and a 6-month research stay at CERN in Switzerland), and finally a graduate research position in the HEATED laboratory. Olga’s academic performance and extensive community service has helped her secure multiple prestigious awards and scholarships, as well as have her name added to the awards plaques in Vari Hall.
Topic: Navigating the Undergraduate-to-Graduate program transition in Physics, with a special emphasis on (dis)ability, queerness, gender, and poverty
What Olga Andriyevska’s CV and list of accomplishments in academia does not show is the turbulent pathway she has navigated to get to where she is now. Transitions between life stages are generally full of anxiety, doubt, and uncertainty, but they can be further compounded by struggles with discrimination and poverty. Majority of Olga’s success can be attributed to the ability to find and make use of resources around her – both on and off campus. This talk will focus on 1) what it takes to transition from Undergraduate to Graduate programs, 2) what resources anyone undertaking this transition could benefit from, 3) what obstacles people from diverse backgrounds can face, and 4) which resources are available specifically for people facing discrimination and poverty.
Artem is the CEO of YuRide - A tailored rideshare service for Universities. His idea originated from the Hack Lassonde hackathon by targeting major pain points of commuting, sustainability, and community. Since graduating from Lassonde with a Bachelor of Software Engineering in 2019, he has brought the company to launch, went on a trip to Isreal to study technology entrepreneurship and greatly engaged with the York community by having YuRide part of the ENG4k and C4 capstone. He is also greatly involved in the York and Schulich entrepreneurial communities proudly representing the BEST-Lab.
He is currently pursuing his Master in Civil Engineering at Lassonde and is seeking to get his Professional Engineering Licence in the future. His research is connected to his company YuRide, by combining passenger commutes and package deliveries to campus.
Outside of work, Artem is an extrovert, avid outdoors person, and passionate yes-man who enjoys portaging, backpacking, skiing, and traveling the world. Above all, he is an opportunist.
You can find out more about his professional experience on LinkedIn and get in touch with him anytime!
I graduated from YorkU in 2011 with an undergraduate degree in space engineering and a masters degree in earth and atmospheric science. Throughout my time at York University I was fortunate to take part in many interesting research and learning opportunities. While in my 3rd year of undergrad I started a position as a research assistant in an atom trapping lab where I got to perform a lot of exciting work with lasers. During my masters I participated in two major field research campaigns that involved lidar technology to study ozone concentration in the Arctic and dust and water-ice particles in the Australian desert and ultimately on Mars through NASA's Phoenix Mission in 2008. After graduating from York University I started my engineering career as an electrical test and automation engineer at L3Harris Wescam, an aerospace defense company specializing in imaging sensor systems. As of 2017, I joined the Canadian Space Agency as an electrical engineer, which gave me the opportunity to rekindle my appreciation for space research and also apply much of the education and experience I previously acquired at York.
Patricia Dhup graduated from York University in 2018 specializing in Geomatics Engineering. During her time at York she worked at the Lassonde Advising Centre as a Student Advisor for 5 years. She was involved in many student groups by being apart of the first council on the Lassonde Student Government as Secretary for 2 terms. Patricia was very active in her Geomatics community by the taking on the role as President of the Geomatics Club for 1 term. She enjoyed helping other students by giving advice in advising and as a student representative on the Petitions committee. Now, Patricia works for the Ministry of Transportation in the Engineering Development Program working towards her Professional Engineering Licence. Her hobbies include watching and playing basketball and training in Muay Thai. On her down time she enjoys reading historical fictional books.