2016 Executive Team
Project Pulse Toronto is back with the 2016 conference! Meet our 2016 team.
Ashlee Jiang is a grade 11 student currently attending the Academy of Gifted Children – PACE. She is passionate about her academic studies and is interested in the sciences, mathematics and computer science. She also is very involved in school activities, such as running extracurricular activities at her school and being the yearbook editor. She has attended SHAD, as well as other programs to further develop her leadership skills. Her hobbies include, reading, painting as well as writing.
Ashlee is extremely passionate about the health sciences and she believes that Project Pulse is an excellent way of educating and inspiring youth who are equally as passionate about health sciences as she is.
Angelina is a grade 12 student attending the International Baccalaureate Program at Bayview Secondary. She is passionate about STEM and humanitarian aid and envisions a world where the two fields can work collaboratively. At school, she is currently the president of her school’s Red Cross Chapter focusing on fundraising and awareness campaigns for disaster relief and international humanitarian efforts and is also the president of the Bioethics Club that emphasizes the social repercussions and ethical dilemmas associated with cutting-edge laboratory activities. In her spare time, she can be found watercolour painting or inventing creative and healthy baking recipes.
Angelina is excited to be serving on the Project Pulse team and hopes the 2016 Conference will challenge youths to view the world of health sciences on a holistic level.
Abdulrahman Al Bochi & Lauren Sobot
Abdulrahman Al Bochi is a grade 12 International Baccalaureate French immersion student at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville. He has a passion for helping others, being involved in leadership opportunities and giving back to his community. He aspires to pursue a career in the medical field and spread a message for healthy living. Some of his favorite subjects include Biology, Chemistry and French. He enjoys participating in public speaking tournaments and being involved in extracurricular activities such as debate and various humanitarian organizations. He is also a proud 2016 SHAD fellow.
Abdulrahman believes that Project Pulse is an amazing opportunity for anyone to become familiar with the world of health sciences as well as develop a passion for it. He is confident that with the help of the incredible panelists, no questions will be left unanswered. He believes that this conference is so special because of its opportunity to create lifelong connections with individuals in health sciences and beyond. Abdulrahman is excited to make Project Pulse Toronto 2016 a conference you won’t want to miss!
Lauren Sobot is a grade 12 student enrolled in the Advanced Placement Program at Assumption Secondary School in Burlington. Biology is by far her favourite subject, followed by math and American history.
Lauren makes a conscious effort to seek out enrichment opportunities wherever possible. She has participated in Waterloo Unlimited, University of Toronto’s Medical Youth Summer Program, McMaster Mini Medical School, and MacMEDucation. At school, she plays on the badminton and tennis teams, and is a part of the Student Ambassador club where she acts as a mentor and tutor to younger students. In her free time, Lauren works toward obtaining her black belt in karate, playing the drums, and volunteering in the Emergency and Day Surgery departments at her local hospital. This summer she can be found at the Public Health Ontario Labs researching gonorrhea. Ultimately, Lauren aspires to become a doctor, and through her involvement with Project Pulse, she hopes to inform and inspire like-minded peers about the amazing world of health sciences!
Jenny Chang & Sharon Low
Sharon Low is currently an 11th grade student studying at the University of Toronto Schools, Sharon is an avid learner with a passion for health sciences and food. Academically, her favourite subjects are world issues, physical education and English. Her interest in STEM has led her to participate in a wide range of activities such as the Waterloo Unlimited Program, Science Expo, and research at the University of Toronto. Sharon also enjoys volunteering at the St. John’s Rehab hospital, where she works as a meal-tray deliverer and as an administrative assistant for the program assistant. When she isn’t cramming AP chemistry material or working as a lifeguard, Sharon can be found organizing indigenous awareness activities for the school community, playing ball, or attempting to bake all sorts of desserts (which she’s good at making, but better at eating)! A firm believer in following one’s passion, Sharon is excited to join Project Pulse in helping more students discover and grow their interest in the field of Health and Life Sciences.
Jenny Chan is a grade 11 student at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School enrolled in the Health and Wellness/Biotechnology Specialist High Skills Major program. Her favourite subjects in school are biology, psychology and math, with a medical career being her goal since early childhood. In school, she participates in a variety of clubs with DECA, Science Olympics, and Tech Crew being the most prominent. Her hobbies include skiing, drawing, and playing the drums and piano. Currently, she works as a pharmacy assistant at Shoppers Drug Mart as well as a hobby artist accepting commissions. Jenny joined Project Pulse to educate both her peers and herself in what it means to be a Health Sciences student or a doctor. She hopes that through this experience, students would be able to discover, re-evaluate, and nurture their interests in the field of medicine.
Neha Gulati is an enthusiastic grade 12 student in the French Immersion program at Grimsby Secondary School. She has a passion for all things STEM, ranging from statistics, to environmental studies, to medical sciences. Not only has Neha taken part in many STEM related contests and programs, she has brought STEM into her everyday life by interning at McMaster University, the Rare Genomics Institute and is currently developing an environmental sustainability startup. Neha also enjoys being involved in both her school and community through student council, prefects, peer mentorship, DECA, STEM Fellowship and volunteering at different local organizations. She is an alumnus of both the SHAD and Students On Ice programs. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kickboxing and writing. Neha is extremely excited to begin her first year as a member of the Project Pulse Toronto Team. She hopes to show students the vast degree of opportunity present in the health sciences field.
Arani Kulamurugan & Amanda Mac
External Relations Directors
Amanda Mac is a grade 12 student at Bur Oak Secondary School and she is also one of your External Relations Directors for the Project Pulse Toronto 2016 Executive Team. To keep herself busy, some of her hobbies include playing the piano, gardening, running, watching Netflix and looking at pictures of places around the world that she would love to visit but probably never will. At school, she enjoys English, math and science, as well as being involved in student council, managing the school store, leading her school’s HOSA chapter and accompanying the senior choir.
She decided to become part of Project Pulse because she is extremely passionate about health sciences and believes that students like herself should have opportunities to learn more about what it’s like to work in the field. Along with her executive team members, her ultimate goal is to help high school students network with universities, health professionals and other students who are also interested in health care. Amanda is also very passionate about international development and helping those in need, so she founded Project 10K, which is an initiative in support of Plan Canada with a goal of raising $10,000 to build a health clinic in Nigeria.
Arani Kulamurugan is a grade 11 student at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute’s TOPS program and is one of the External Relations Directors for the Project Pulse 2016 Executive Team. Her favourite subject by far is biology, and specifically, neuroscience, but she can also be seen either singing, listening to insanely loud rap music, or out and about in nature. She may look like a shy person, but she's actually really crazy once you get to know her and is often heard before seen. Besides being president of MGCI’s Initiative for Neuroscience and Dementia club, and vice-president of biology club, she’s also involved in labs outside of school, and multiple charity organizations. She also loves travelling, and is always looking for someone to explore the world with!
Arani joined Project Pulse because she wanted to help other highschool students find their future career like she found hers: through passion. She wants to use Project Pulse to help others find their passion, and their possible love for medicine. Alongside the other executives, she hopes to help others find out more about the field of healthcare.
Sophia Ge is a grade 12 IB student from Bayview Secondary School with a great passion for the fields of STEM and entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and teaching piano, watching movies, and volunteering. Some of her favourite school subjects are biology and history, but she is always striving to take her interests beyond the academic level. For this reason, she has dedicated her efforts to join organizations and take on a leadership role in her school community. This past year, Sophia has been involved various initiatives, such as her school’s Red Cross chapter, Target Alpha Ontario, and competing in DECA. She prides herself with her ability to help and inspire others, and cannot wait for an exciting year with the Project Pulse Toronto team and being a part of the conference’s success!
Suffia Malik is a Grade 12 student in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute and a gifted program alumni. Academically, the subjects she enjoys the most are physics, biology and business. She has been a part of several student run organizations and is regularly involved in extracurricular activities. She is a Creative Diretor at Doing Wells Not-For-Profit, Secretary of her school's DECA chapter, a 2014 Project Pulse Ambassador, a 2015 SHAD Fellow and a member of her school's Multicultural Club, Debate Team, and Curling Team. She is a writer for a regional magazines and has forayed into the world of entrepreneurship with a Graphic Design and Freelance Writing company.Suffia joined Project Pulse because she wanted to start her difference-making journey not after finishing years of education, but before then. Her love for medicine came from an early realization that regardless what profession she chose, she wanted to improve people's lives. She thought of Project Pulse as a way to guide those individuals who want to make a direct positive impact on the lives of human beings. By being a part of this organization, she is a part of a team hoping to inspire their own generation of world-changers while becoming ones themselves.
Laughter is the best medicine; a favourite quote of Raja, a passionate premed student on his journey of lifelong learning to heal, revive and inspire all patients in need of help. He is a grade 11 student at Turner Fenton Secondary School and as a person, Raja is a huge medical enthusiast, and also enjoys reading and hanging out with his friends, creating memories.
In addition, Raja carries abundance of significant achievements such as serving as a President of ClubMed+, Event Supervisor for Canadian Cancer Society, and General Volunteer for a healthcare trip to Africa. After realizing his obsession of becoming a surgeon, he plunged into the depths of science and genuinely believes that the world can be a better place with the advancement of science to cure the souls in the society. And, Raja found that there is no better place than Project Pulse to reveal and even share this fascinating world of medicine with others and to be a part of this great community filled with dreamers. On this year of 2016, Raja aims to make this Project Pulse event the most memorable and enlightening to each and every single person who attends it.