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The two course unions related to the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics are networks of enthusiastic students. Though the course unions are unique, they are both committed to fostering a great academic experience through member engagement, events, advocacy, and increasing access to resources.
The CSCU’s goal is to enrich the UBC Okanagan experience as a computer science student and improve your employment prospects. They do this by organizing professional workshops, career events, and UBCO’s own hackathon, BCHacks.
Visit the CSCU website.
Shreyasi Chauhan, President Computer Science Course Union and President BC Hacks
Shreyasi finished the third year of her computer science major in April 2021 and is currently working as a Software Engineer Intern at Cisco. She comes from Lucknow, a city in North India which has lots of love and good food to offer. She is passionate about learning new things, be it a new recipe or programming language. In the past, she has done web design and development, app development, UI/UX and some digital art. In her free time she likes to dance, cook, journal and go on walks. This is her third year as a CSCU executive and second year as the Lead Organizer of BC Hacks. She has had the wonderful opportunity to work in the CSCU as the Vice President in 2021 and the Secretary in 2020.
Shreyasi’s main role as the President of the Computer Science Course Union is managing strategies, operations, collaborations and finances. She provides leadership to the union and helps other execs with their responsibilities. Reaching out to tech companies, other course unions, UBCO professors, industry professionals and collaborating with them to create events and partnerships that UBCO students can benefit from is a major part of what she does. Besides that, she works with CSCU exes to create events, career fairs, marketing strategies, budgets, sponsorship packages etc. One of the biggest events at UBCO that Shreyasi and her team organize is BC Hacks – a 24-hour hackathon attended by over 150 students.
Harman Sahota, Vice President
Harman is a fourth-year computer science major from India and his biggest interest in the field of computer science is in web development and UI/UX design. He believes that design is everywhere and it affects the experience of a product/app/website and wants to make sure that people have a smooth experience with a product/app/website that he has designed and brought to life with coding.
Aside from academic work, Harmon likes to play my guitar and sing, he has been doing both for a long time, he also likes to just talk or hang out with his friends when he is free.
His job is to oversee and assist all executive members with their respective position and collaborate extremely closely with the President to guide the CSCU’s direction and supervise everything including all the events. Another thing he does is maintain contact with the Computer Science Department to circulate relevant information and upcoming events.
Abhinav Thota, Vice-President BC Hacks
Abhinav is a third-year Computer Science student from India. He loves how programming and technology can help turn ideas into real products that can benefit others. He is currently learning how to build websites in his spare time. He also loves going on hikes, cycling with friends and cooking.
As vice-president, one of his priorities involves organizing CSCU’s annual hackathon, BCHacks. He will also be working closely with board members so that they can secure funding, sponsorships and arrange events throughout the year. He will also be in contact with the Computer Science department in order to promote future events to students.
Lakshay Karnwal, Sponsorship Coordinator
Lakshay Karnwal is in the third year of his Computer Science degree. He is from the city of Navi Mumbai in India. As an avid gamer since a young age, his love for computers and technology is intrinsic. From trying to troubleshoot a piece of code to practising a new note on his guitar, you will find him exploring and learning new things all the time. He is enthralled to be a part of the new CSCU team as the Sponsorship Coordinator. Not only will he be responsible for bringing the big sponsors for the annual hackathon but he also wishes to help the course union expand and helping out a larger mass of tech enthusiasts.
Onwuvuche Jordan Chukwuka, Finance Co-ordinator
Jordan is a third-year Computer Science major from Nigerian and from Uganda. He took this major because he believes everyone has a different way of making an impact in the world given the tools one learns in this discipline. Beyond academics, he spends a lot of time wondering why the world is the way it is and how a difference can be made economically, physically and culturally.
Jordan’s work at the CSCU involves collaborating with the president to make annual budgets for the year, ensuring the conformity of the club’s activities to these budgets, following the accounted flow of funds from the sponsors to the club account and completing the monthly requisition forms that would have to be emailed to the SUO.
Kirti Mahato (she/her), Events Coordinator
Kirti is a third-year psychology major and the events coordinator of the Computer Science Course Union. Born in India, she has travelled to different countries and enjoys interacting with people from different cultures and learning about them. She loves programming and has delved into many programming languages such as java, python and c++. She is really passionate about computer science and is looking forward to learning new things in this field.
As an events coordinator, she hopes to organize more workshops and events for the members and help organize BC hacks. She will be planning to organize events monthly to help develop skills and help members interact with one another. Her vision for the CSCU is to foster a welcoming environment for students by organizing interactive events and help more people from different ethnicities and backgrounds to be interested in the field of computer science.
Visit the QSCU website.
Emily Medema, President
This is Emily and she is the President of the QSCU! She is in her fifth-year of my BSc with a honours in Computer Science and Data Science minor. She loves all things data and tech. You might see her frantically running around campus organizing events, TAing, studying, researching, searching for food, or just relaxing (as much as possible) in the library. Outside of school, she enjoys camping, baking, movie marathons, and travelling. Her goal as President is to create a welcoming environment for all in the QSCU and be a great resource for students on campus. Her hair colour changes frequently but if you see and recognize her, feel free to come up and say hi or if you have any questions regarding the QSCU, TAing, Co-op, Go Global, or research feel free to ask and she will answer to the best of her abilities
Gillian Godden, Vice-President
This is Gillian, and she is the Vice-President of the QSCU. She is in her final year of her BSc in physics and her biggest interests in physics are astrophysics and cosmology. In her free time, she likes to read, crochet, and play video games. As Vice-President of the QSCU, her job is to support the President and assist them in completing their tasks when needed. It is also her responsibility to support the other executives so that they can successfully perform their roles. She is excited to meet all new QSCU members this year, and she hopes to continue to foster a welcoming environment for all students within the department.
Livia Jonnatan, Treasurer
Livia is from Indonesia, and she is a third-year Data Science student with a minor in Economics. She loves studying Data Science because it equips her to be able to tell stories from data. Outside of school, she enjoys photography, design, and cooking. As the VP Finance of QSCU, She is in charge of managing finances, budgeting, organizing funding, and event planning. She is excited to get more involved with the QSCU and help make this year great.
Izgi Kocacelebi, Events Coordinator
Izgi’s in her second year at UBCO, studying data science. She is going to be the Events Coordinator for the QSCU this year. Izgi already has a BEng in Systems Engineering from CityU of Hong Kong. She really likes travelling and trying out different foods. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, swimming and reading. She is looking forward to meeting new people and organizing some fun events in the upcoming year!
Position yet to be filled.
Position yet to be filled.
Ian Kennedy, Review Session Coordinator
This is Ian and he will be the Review Session Coordinator for the QSCU this year. He is a fifth-year student completing his honours in physics. He is also a TA for several first and second year physics labs. He is very excited to help others enjoy the quantitative sciences as much as he does. He loves spending free time in the lab as well as getting fresh air outside skiing and hiking. He looks forward to seeing you all around on campus and at the QSCU review sessions!
Alexander Iannantuono, Graduate Student Representative
Alexander is an MSc student in mathematics (with a computer science background). While not fantasizing about theorems, he likes to cycle, cook, and tinker.
As we make a hybrid return to campus, he is hoping to reignite the enjoyment of school through workshops relating to math, computer science, and graduate school.
Feel free to say hello, or ask him any of your graduate studies questions!
Joey Fraser, Mathematics Representative
Joey is a fourth year student studying math and biology. When he’s not working on his own math problems, he enjoys helping others with theirs. Off-campus you will usually find him playing music, in the gym, or cooking up plant-based recipes. Joey is excited to be a part of the QSCU and hopes to contribute to a positive and supportive environment for all students studying quantitative sciences at UBCO. If you see him on campus, go say hello!
Data Science/Statistics, Computer Science, and Physics Representative
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Math and Science Centre
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