The People Who Put the TEAM In TeamUP Science

TeamUP Science is run by a team of passionate University of Alberta students. From STEAM-based competitions, to workshops, to classroom talks that take place in schools all across Alberta, the executive team of TeamUP Science plans, advertises, and host events that inspire youth in the fields of STEM.

Without our executive team, their directors, and our general volunteers, TeamUP Science would be unable to work towards our mandate of cultivating scientific imagination, curiosity, and leadership abilities of youth.

President – Marissa Zhang 

Hi! I’m Marissa and I’m currently in my fourth year of Biological Sciences. I have a passion for science and working with youth, which probably explains why I have stuck with TeamUP Science for four years! I can’t wait to work together with my team to provide engaging and interesting science events for the youth of Edmonton. In my spare time I like petting cats, adventuring and eating good food.

VP Youth Science Innovate Program – Leslie Guo

Hi!! My name is Leslie and I’m a second year student studying Pharmacology. I really enjoy the hands on side of science as well as teaching! I found YSIP the perfect place for me to pursue these passions. The students and teachers I’ve met continue to inspire me every day. I’m super excited for what this year and this team has to offer. Outside of that, I love to run (away from my problems), eat McDonalds ice cream (and ignore my lactose intolerance), and communicate through How I Met Your Mother Quotes 🙂

VP Youth STEAM Innovation Challenge – Jessica Bennett

Jessica is in her fourth year of the Cell Biology Honors program. She has been a part of TUS since her first year, when she pitched the idea for YSIC. Jessica is passionate about engaging her artistic side in her STEM pursuits, and has been involved in STEAM advocacy for the past 6 years. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, playing the flute and piccolo, and flexing her neuroblastoma fridge magnet collection!

VP STEM Potential Enrichment Camp – Anna Romero

This is Anna Romero, the Vice President of SPEC for the 2018/2019 year! She has been a part of SPEC since it first started running by being a participant in the camp herself, where she found the path she wanted to take. When she got into University, she took part in being a Director for Outreach for SPEC where she tried to reach out to a wide group of students, along with creating some activities of her own. This then led her to work in the summer for the camp to execute the planning she’s taken part in. Her experiences in SPEC helping her run it with this passion and belief in its ability to help students realize their potential in STEM, no matter their circumstances. Furthermore, she strongly believes in the interdisciplinary nature of science and encourages students to join all 3 camps to explore their options!

VP External Outreach – Shezel Muneer

Shezel Muneer is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science in Honours Physiology. She is passionate about promoting scientific curiosity and education in young children. This year marks Shezel’s third year with TeamUP Science and she hopes that this year’s events and workshops are the most successful yet. When she’s not studying, you can find Shezel playing and coaching basketball, drinking an Iced Capp, or watching Grey’s Anatomy.

VP Finance – Eric Chao

Eric Chao is currently in his 4th year of the General Science program, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Business. Having been a TA for ISC for the past 2 years, he is very happy to contribute more to the TeamUp programs and events. When he has free time, he enjoys playing basketball and watching funny movies/TV shows. He is very passionate about sports in general, and would love to meet new friends if you see him around!

VP Events – Teresa Nguyen-Pham

Teresa Nguyen-Pham is currently a fourth year Pharmacology student in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. She has a passion for the sciences and aims to promote science opportunities to youths everywhere and from all backgrounds. Teresa has worked with TeamUP Science’s Interdisciplinary Science Competition for three years and hopes to make this year’s ISC just as inspiring as the rest. When she has some down time, you can find her eating poke or sushi, chatting away somewhere on campus, or sleeping at John W. Scott library.

VP Interdisciplinary Science Competition – Jing Huang

Jing is in her second year of a Doctor of Pharmacy program after spending two years in a Bachelor of Science, Honours Pharmacology. She is both passionate about Science itself but also the diversity of opportunities STEAM can provide beyond what’s commonly known. You can find her usually running around campus like a madman between classes, or at Starbucks.

Executive Director of External – Lele Xiao

Hello! My name is Lele and I am in my second year of a Bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Nursing! In high school, I attended the Medical Sciences Workshop with TeamUP Science, which inspired me to pursue healthcare, and later became a TUS Ambassador in my senior year. I am passionate about growing awareness for the sciences, and I love meeting new people with the same passion through my role with TUS. I am looking forward to helping youth discover their love for science!