Ella Chan

Student, University of British Columbia

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Try and get your voice out there, even if you think it might be embarrassing, or that no one will listen. Trust me they will!

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am currently a student at the University of British Columbia studying pharmacology, but I also run a science outreach organisations, Sci Files and Fission Learning. I also work with local organisations here in British Columbia such as Genome BC and Science World.

I try to communicate science from the perspective of a student, for students. I have been making educational YouTube videos since I was 12, and try to share what I love about science with others!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

When I was younger, I first got interested in science after my younger brother was diagnosed with a kidney disease. I then began watching all the science YouTube videos that were available, and decided that I wanted to join the club! Alex Danis and Emily Graslie were my two biggest inspirations!

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

I was awarded a STEAM Horizon scholarship for my outreach in 2018 and was a keynote speaker at the Creating Connections 6.0 Conference here in Vancouver. As a young girl I often thought nothing would come out of my videos, but have since realised that people really do care and enjoy hearing my perspective!

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I look forward to making a difference in the lives of others by getting them engaged, interested and excited about science.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Try and get your voice out there, even if you think it might be embarrassing, or that no one will listen. Trust me they will!

INSPO / FUN FACT

“[My mission is] to get as many people as possible excited about the incredible unlikelihood of our collective existence.” By Emily Graslie

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