History & Context
TeamUP Science was developed by three student researchers at the University of Alberta, Jacqueline Ha, Danny Huang and Amit Persad, during the Summer of 2011.
We have worked together as a team for the past two years, investigating a potent cancer promoting protein called beta-catenin. As research assistants, we have ventured into the unknown trying to understand the pathology of cancer. Our experiences include presenting our research studies at various local, provincial, national and international conferences and competitions. The development of TeamUP Science was inspired by our experiences and achievements in the research labs at the University of Alberta.
We both understand and value the power of mentorship, as our own mentors have guided and inspired us to explore our options and pursue intellectually stimulating careers. We both have experiences in teaching high school and undergraduate students about the progression of cancer and the related techniques used to study cancer within a laboratory. This summer we had the opportunity to train and teach a bright rural Alberta student about the power of research, and how coupling various laboratory techniques with a critical and imaginative eye could lead to innovative and even groundbreaking change. Although our time with the student was short, the student was amazed by the science and the intricacy of research. At the end of her orientation, what struck us the most was her comment that these types of educational opportunities were not available at her high school, nor was she even aware that such opportunities existed beyond the high school level. From this experience, we saw that there was a need for active promotion and exposure of the wonderful opportunities and programs available to Alberta youth in advanced education, especially our under-represented rural and Aboriginal students.