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 – Shezel Muneer

Shezel Muneer is in her fourth 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 fourth 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 or watching Grey’s Anatomy.

VP Youth Science Innovate Program – Alan Han

Alan has been volunteering for TeamUP since his first year of university back in 2018 and initially became interested in the group by participating in ISC! His first volunteer position came as Material Coordinator for YSIP and he has been volunteering for YSIP the past 3 years, developing a passion for Junior High Science development, education, and growth. He is extremely excited to be able to provide an amazing hands-on opportunity for Inner City Youth in Edmonton and continue growing YSIP to reach a wider audience this coming 2021-2022 school year!

VP Youth STEAM Innovation Challenge – Jessica Bennett

Jessica recently graduated from 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 – Lele Xiao

Hello! My name is Lele and I am in my third 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!

VP Finance – Xu Hong Chen

Xu Hong is now in his fourth year of the Honors Biochemistry program and his second year with TeamUP Science! Having contributed to the TeamUP’s internal affairs as Internal Director and Director-at-Large, Xu Hong now hopes to take care of and add to the group’s finances with good budgeting and sponsorships. Apart from helping out with TeamUP events, Xu Hong enjoys playing piano and reading in his spare time.

 

VP Events – Amy Phung

Amy is a fourth-year education student with a love for all things science, all things education and all things organization! This love of science and planning means that she’s super excited to organize THREE TeamUp Science Events as VP Events: medical sciences workshop, engineering workshop and the computer science workshop! Although she’s not the most extroverted or the biggest party animal, she loves getting to know people and talking about their interests! If you want to strike up a conversation with her— show her a picture of your pet or a funny animal meme!

VP Interdisciplinary Science Competition – Tommy Tu

Tommy Tu has finished his Pharmacology degree in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. After being a director for the ISC committee last year, he loved it so much and decided to be Executive Director of ISC this year. Tommy has a passion for inspiring scientific curiosity in youth and is excited for the future of TeamUP Science. You can find him on campus, either procrastinating by talking with friends or eating a chicken teriyaki sandwich from Subway in SUB.

Executive Director of Interdisciplinary Science Competition – Zaid Tahir

Zaid Tahir is in his fourth year of his specialization in pharmacology degree. This is also his fourth year with TeamUP science, and third year with the ISC team. He is passionate about STEAM related events and can’t wait to help make ISC a success! When he isn’t working on ISC or last-minute studying for an exam, you can find him napping in his room or maybe on the sofa.

Executive Director of External – Anna Bailey

Hello! My name is Anna Bailey. I am currently in my fourth year completing my Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Psychology. I first started with TeamUp Science as a volunteer for YSIC and in my third year, I joined the External Team as a Director for outreach. I am passionate about giving youth an opportunity to explore their interest in science. I am excited to continue being a part of the External Team to help engage as many youths as possible to foster their enthusiasm for science!