This year’s valedictorians at the University of Northern British Columbia have been announced, and they’re both local students from the northwest.
Stephen Bennett is originally from Quesnel, and completed his undergrad at UNBC, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Honours.
This year he’ll be receiving a Master of Education in Counselling.
He says one of the big attractions of attending UNBC is its involvement in the north.
He also says being able to collaborate with fellow students were some of the highlights of his time at UNBC.
He plans to continue his education next year at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and combine his counselling background with medicine and go into psychiatry.
His research involved families who were raising children with suspected, but not yet diagnosed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Linda Horianopolous is originally from Kitimat, and she’ll be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
She says she chose to attend UNBC because of the scholarship opportunities, its location in Northern B.C., and it’s sense of community.
Like many UNBC undergraduate students she had the opportunity to conduct research early in her degree.
For the past two and a half years she’s been working in Dr. Brent Murray’s lab and she recently presented her undergraduate thesis on the mountain pine beetle.
She was able to teach as a supplemental instructor and lab teaching assistant.
This summer she will present her research at an international conference.
She’ll be attending the University of British Columbia next, pursuing graduate studies in microbiology and immunology, and hopefully starting a career in research.
They will each give a brief speech during the Prince George convocation celebrations on May 29 at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre.
Bennett will speak at the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences Convocation at 9:30am.
Horianopolous will speak at the College of Science and Management Convocation at 2:30pm.