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Queen's University

Nominees for 2015-2016 BGSC elected representatives (term starting May 1, 2015)




CHAIR (1) 





Shakira Azan


I am interested in running for the position of Treasurer on the BGSC for 2015-2016. Not only do I bring several years of experience as Treasurer from high school clubs and civil clubs, but I have managed the portfolios of several projects prior to attending Queen's. I am still responsible for several portfolios in Jamaica and have a consistent record of being on top of all financial transactions. As a member of the BGSC, I feel I will continue to make a good contribution to the Biology Graduate community.


1) Leslie Holmes 


I am interested in running for social coordinator to continue to bring a sense of community back to this department. Students and faculty are often busy and overwhelmed by their day-to-day activities, and sometimes just need a break. Whether you need to vent about the latest trials and tribulations of your research, seek feedback on your research projects,  discuss the latest published research, or simply just need to escape it all for a moment, as social coordinator, I will open these portals by organizing social activities and events that the entire department can take advantage of. For the past year as social coordinator, I was challenged to plan and execute social events that satisfy all parties involved, and although there were several obstacles to work through, in the end it was rewarding to see many new faces come out to the planned events. Therefore, I would like to continue to reach out to the department and provide the necessary opportunities for staff, faculty and students to interact freely and restore the collaboration between staff, faculty, students and labs in this department once more.


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Irena Peytchev


Running for sports coordinator is something I really want to do because I have been actively involved in intramural sports for the past 5 years at Queen's. I have been a member of a variety of different sports teams and have played organized sports both casually and competitively for a number of years. I hope to have the pleasure of bringing my knowledge and experience with organized sports to the BGSC so that we can all have a great and active year playing sports together like volleyball, soccer, inner-tube water polo, curling etc. I am also an avid rock-climber and hope to spark some interest within the department so I can organize group climbs at discounted rates.






Amanda Tracey


I have completed six field seasons now at the Queen's University Biological Station and have spent well over 1000 days at the Biology Station over the course of those six field seasons. I have a deep appreciation for the research that goes on at QUBS and for the natural history of the area. As I start my next field season, I would really like to get more involved with QUBS both as a research station and a facility for public and community outreach. I will make sure that grad students in our department stay current with any happenings at the Biology station and that any grad student issues or concerns are brought up at the QUBS meetings.


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Sarah Hasnain


I am interested in running for the position of Staff and Faculty Representative on the BGSC for 2015-2016. I have two years of experience with the BGSC as the graduate student representative on the Renewal, Tenure and Placement committee for both 2013-2104 and part of 2014-2015. I was also the academic coordinator with the BGSC in 2012-2013. I feel that my experience with these positions has helped me understand and advocate graduate student interests when dealing with faculty and staff, making me a good fit for this position.

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Detailed outlines of job duties can be found in the constitution. If you are interested in running for a position, you must present, to any current member of BGSC, by Tuesday March 17th, 2015:

1) Written notification of your candidacy, including 5 signatures from other Biograds. You can complete the nomination form here.

2) A short blurb about why you are running for the position. 


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