Cassidy Swanston is the founder and executive director of Pulsar Collective, a nonprofit initiative with the mission to improve gender equality in science and technology. She is the Communications Director of the Pelling Lab, a curiosity-based laboratory that thrives on innovation and exploration. Additionally, she has worked with the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Let’s Talk Science, and Canadian Science Publishing in their efforts to make science more accessible to all. Her work is fueled by her belief in the power of storytelling and the importance of science literacy.
Nina is the Director of Volunteer Services for Pulsar Collective. She works in the Harper Lab as a research assistant, and studies all things mitochondria. She additionally also directs the Heart of the City Piano Program, and is Vice-President of Social Activities on the Science Students’ Association at the University of Ottawa. Nina strongly believes that all education should be available to anyone, and that this can be achieved by simply having enough people willing to make it happen.
Emily is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Pulsar Collective. She works in the Lavallée-Adam Lab as a research student, studying computational algorithms and machine learning for her work in the field of bioinformatics. She additionally works for Employment and Social Development Canada as a Junior Researcher, working to continuously improve internal and external webpage-user interfaces and accessibility. Emily strongly believes that, with adequate guidance and exposure, young students can find genuine inspiration in a time of their lives that is often coupled with a lot of uncertainty.
Catalina is the Social Media Coordinator for Pulsar Collective. She works in the Chan lab as a junior researcher, assisting with the Giant Mine Health Effects Monitoring Program. Catalina believes that STEM is a field that should be equally accessible to everyone, and is grateful to be a part of an organization like Pulsar that emphasizes this idea and inspires women and non-binary folk to reach their full potential.
Rahna is the Co-Director of Programs for Pulsar Collective. She is currently a research student at the uOttawa Piano Pedagogy Lab, bringing together her prior experience in neuroscience with music to study various cognitive implications of musicianship. She also works with various nonprofits in the domain of education and special-needs, such as Student Links and Let's Talk Science, in order to improve the accessibility of education and opportunities to all. Rahna strongly believes that all youth have world changing ideas and just need a catalyst to make them a reality.
Alex is the Co-Director of Programs for Pulsar Collective. She is currently enrolled in the Biomedical Science program at the University of Ottawa, and nothing excites her more than having the opportunity to share her passion for science! Alex is also the Assistant Director of Operations at CAUSE Tutoring. She has additionally worked with the Canadian Cancer Society to coordinate one of the top-fundraising Relay For Life events across all educational institutions in Canada. Alex’s work is driven by her belief in the great potential education holds; in the words of Nelson Mandela, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Joshua is the Director of Finance for Pulsar Collective. He’s a third year Biomedical Sciences student at the University of Ottawa. He participates in Let's Talk Science's classroom outreach, volunteers at the Ottawa Hospital, and is part of a lab that studies cancer and looks to create chemotherapies. In his spare time, he also enjoys winter sports such as skating and skiing.
Patricia is the Co-Director of Community Outreach for Pulsar Collective. She is currently a second year Biomedical Sciences student at the University of Ottawa. When Patricia is not studying extensively the structure of all 20 amino acids and neuron action potentials, she is working part-time at IKEA Ottawa as a Sales Coworker. She has also volunteered her time with Humber River Hospital and St. Joesph's Health Care Centre both located in Toronto, close to her hometown. Patricia believes that success is not only measured by personal gain, but also by the number of people you have helped along the way.
Kailey is the Co-Director of Community Outreach for Pulsar Collective. She is a fourth-year Biomedical Science and English student who aspires to work with Doctors Without Borders in the future. She is also the Senior Editor and Editor of the Entertainment team for Her Campus uOttawa. Kailey believes that women should be allowed to pursue any career or education that inspires and engages them and is excited to contribute to the positive growth and acceptance of women in STEM fields.
Hali is a Co-Director of logistics with the Pulsar Collective. She is currently a second year science student, majoring in mathematics and minoring in chemistry. She has spent much of her time volunteering with the marine mammal rescue in Vancouver, BC, as well as the Vancouver Aquarium, where she used her experience and knowledge to educate a variety of ages. She believes that one of the most crucial ways contribute to the scientific community is to engage and inspire the youth, and plans to continue acting upon that belief in the future.
Jenny is the co-director of logistics for Pulsar Collective. She works at Stanford University as a Teaching Assistant and a Residential Advisor during the summer when they are holding their Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Summer Internship. Because of her interest in STEM field, Jenny has also pursued on going to NASA in Houston, Texas and built a simulated space mission to one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa. During the school year, Jenny is volunteering at the The Ottawa Hospital, Civic campus. She believes that ambition is what drives advancement of the STEM field. Through mutual encouragement and support through the STEM community, young students can have the courage to step into the STEM field and be the bright future minds of science.
Lotty is the Director of Business Development for Pulsar Collective. She is in her last year in Biotechnology, a dual degree in Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering. During her university life, Lotty has maintained Vice President positions at the Engineering Student Society and the Chemistry Club. She was a member of the Varsity Badminton Team, co-captained competitive volleyball teams, and is currently trying out bouldering. Some of her recent projects include: volunteering abroad as a doctor’s assistant, placing first in uOttawa’s App Design Competition, and completing her Honours research project in medicinal chemistry. Lotty is excited to work with her executive team to build lasting partnerships with organizations, students, and the press, to promote STEM and create mutual opportunities for growth!
Rangin is the Director of Partnerships for Pulsar Collective. She’s a fourth year biomedical sciences student at the University of Ottawa. Her pastimes include watching horror movies, Harry Potter, and true crime stories. She’s extremely excited to be part of Pulsar’s initiative, setting out to improve gender equality and diversity in STEM fields.
Sam is the Director of Equity and Inclusion for Pulsar Collective. She is a first-year rep on the Science Students' Association at the University of Ottawa and the Vice-President of Marketing for Helping Hands - Driven by Youth, a non-profit that partners with a different homeless shelter each year and that aims to encourage youth to give back to their community. Sam is passionate about making quality health care and education accessible to everyone around the world and building allyship with marginalized communities, especially with Indigenous people in Canada.
Shainuka Kannathas is the Director of Fundraising for Pulsar Collective. She’s in her fifth year of Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Psychology, in the French stream, at the University of Ottawa. She’s also working at the Ottawa Heart Institute, as a Research Assistant with the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation. She loves being involved in extracurricular activities, such as being a part of the amazing UOSERT on campus, cuddling babies at CHEO, and swimming! Ask her anything about badminton - she’s your girl! A fun fact about her is that she used to be a competitive fencer. She’s always supported gender equality in all aspects of life, so she’s super excited to be part of such a wonderful team that strives to do its part in bringing equality to STEM fields!