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Alex Oprea - President

Hi! My name is Alex Oprea and I’m currently in my third year pursuing a major in neuroscience and a minor in philosophy. During my first year at Dal (2017/2018), I joined the DSS’s first year committee because I wanted to pursue my goal of bettering the lives of all science students. As President, I want to set a new course for the DSS. Through multiple projects like increased professional development opportunities as well as a peer mentorship program, I want to increase the role of the DSS in a typical science student's life. Aside from the DSS, I am also Co-Coordinator for Dal’s Let’s Talk Science chapter, which focuses on bringing hands-on STEM activities to students around Nova Scotia. Outside of school, I enjoy swimming, soccer, and playing violin.

I will be holding office hours in room 354 in the SUB on Fridays from 1:30-2:30pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at alex.oprea@dal.ca

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Sandra Sunil - VICE PRESIDENT

Hello! My name is Sandra Sunil and I’m in my fourth and final year here at Dal. I’m pursuing a combined honours degree in neuroscience and political science. As this year’s Vice President, I want to ensure that students have an avenue where they can find the information they need and to know that the DSS can be that avenue. One of the biggest things I have been working towards throughout my years at Dal is to create an inclusive and welcoming community. So, as Vice President, I will continue striving to do just that. I am looking forward to interacting, connecting, and bringing the voices and concerns of all science students to the forefront of the Faculty and campus. During my time at Dal, I have also been involved in many different departmental and community societies. For the 2019/2020 year, I am the DSU Residence Rep and am also sitting on the Society Review sub-committee. Off-campus, I work with my family on our non-profit, 4 Love 4 Care. During my free time, I enjoy dancing and watching movies.

I will be holding office hours in room 354 in the SUB on Thursdays from 12-1pm. If you have any questions, I can be reached at sandra.sunil@dal.ca

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Jessie Rankin - Vice president of Finance

Hi there! My name is Jessie Rankin and I’m currently completing 2 degrees - a concurrent commerce degree in finance and a science degree in economics. I chose to get involved with the DSS this year because, through connections on past executive councils, I saw an opportunity to diversify my involvement as I became a science student. As VP of Finance, it is my goal to bring a new perspective to finances and funding through my experience in commerce and working in the financial industry. I hope to achieve effective and efficient use of DSS funds. Aside from my role as VP of Finance for the DSS, I am also VP of Projects for the Enactus Dalhousie Team and VP of Finance for the Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta. Outside of school, I am interested in market and industry research as well as investing.

I will be holding office hours in room 354 in the SUB on Mondays from 12:30-1:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact me at jessierankin@dal.ca

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Ali Macdonald - director of student life

Hello! My name is Ali MacDonald and I’m in my third year of science, majoring in biology (honours). I chose to attend Dal because I wanted to live in a city with lots of opportunities for personal growth and was also attracted to the professional programs Dal offers. As Director of Student Life, I would like to plan and host events that provide science students with opportunities to engage with and learn from one another. Additionally, I want to be accessible and supportive to science students during the academic year. Outside of the DSS, I am a Senior Residence Assistant in Risley Hall, a Volunteer Medical Responder on the DMCRT, and am also involved with Let's Talk Science, Period, Relay for Life, Holiday Helpers, and Dalhousie Students Supporting Sick Children. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, hiking, cooking, and going to the gym.

I will be holding office hours in room 354 in the SUB on Fridays from 10:30-11:30am. If you have any questions, I can be reached at alimacdonald@dal.ca

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Evelyn Akow - Director of communications

Hi! My name is Evelyn Akow and I’m a fourth year student pursuing a major in neuroscience and a minor in chemistry. I’m originally from Ontario and decided to attend Dal because of the close-knit community offered here. I chose to get involved with the DSS because I like what they stand for and want to help them pursue their goals. As this year’s Director of Communications, I hope to promote science related events and opportunities and to create a welcoming community within the Science Society. Aside from being the Director of Communications for the DSS, I am also the fourth year representative for the Undergraduate Neuroscience Society. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, hiking, and art.

I will be holding office hours in room 354 in the SUB on Tuesdays from 10-11am. If you have any questions, please contact me at ev347272@dal.ca

Autumn Carleton - Director of Marketing & public relations

Hi there! My name is Autumn Carleton and I’m currently in my second year at Dal. My story’s a little bit different than the other execs; I started last year in science but decided in June to switch into health promotion. Even though I’m no longer a science student, I pay the science levy which allows me to continue my involvement with the DSS. As the Director of Marketing & Public Relations, my goal this year is to increase overall awareness of the DSS among science students through the use of our different social media platforms. Outside of school, I enjoy reading and finding people who will let me hang out with their dogs.

I will be holding office hours in room 354 in the SUB on Tuesdays from 11:30-12:30pm. If you have any questions or want to promote anything through the DSS’s social media platforms, please contact me at at746638@dal.ca

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ARLENE JIaNG - chairperson

Hi everyone! My name is Arlene Jiang, and I’m a third-year neuroscience student. As Chair, I look forward to facilitating a welcoming and engaging meeting environment. Outside of school, I enjoy (and would highly recommend!) taking DalDance classes.

I will be holding office hours in room 354 in the SUB on Mondays from 11:30-12:30pm. Please feel free to email me at arlenejiang@dal.ca.