2014 UFV BSc Graduate Andrew Alexander … Where is he now?

andrew_alexanderAndrew began his studies at UFV in 2010 and graduated with a BSc honours in biology with a chemistry minor in 2014. In his first year at UFV, he was recognized for his outstanding achievement as a 1st year BSc student. He continued to excel academically over the years and received several other scholarships. He was on the Dean’s Honours roll for all 4 years of his academic career at UFV and was presented with the Faculty of Science Dean’s medal upon graduation. Andrew received the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell NSERC scholarship to pursue graduate studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The University of British Columbia. He quickly settled in and continued reaching for the stars.

After completing his first year Masters he transferred into the PhD program and received a Doctoral Research Award in a priority area of infection and immunity for his work entitled ‘Trouncing the superbug: the biophysical characterization of proteins involved in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) antibiotic resistance’. He also received a 4-year fellowship at UBC.

Andrew didn’t stop there. His outstanding talent earned him the prestigious 2016 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, an international scholarship only granted to students who possess outstanding academic picture1achievement, research potential, and leadership ability.  He was awarded the Killam Doctoral Scholarship, UBC’s most prestigious award available to graduate students. It’s worth noting that only five Canadian universities receive sponsorship under the Killam Trust; Dalhousie University, The University of Calgary, University of Alberta, The University of British Columbia, and the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University.

This month, he is attending the CSHL x-ray crystallography course being held in Cold Springs Harbor, NY. Admission to the CSHL is very competitive, so it is quite an honour to have been accepted.

sailingWith Andrew’s busy schedule it’s hard to believe he has any spare time on his hands, but when asked what he enjoys doing outside of his studies? He enjoys cycling, running, sailing, hiking with friends and reading on a variety of subjects.

2016 has been quite the year for Andrew. We can only presume his future will be the stars!

We wish him continued success!