It has been a pleasure working as Editor-in-Chief from 2019-2020. I have been granted an understanding of our strengths to celebrate and weaknesses to improve upon. With the upcoming year and obstacles presented by COVID-19, we can expect a few of the Catalyst’s operations to be affected, in areas such as issue distribution and events. However, we are no strangers to adapting and working online. Instead this is a time for us to thrive! Here are some ideas that I am interested in:
- More clarity on the publishing process and the valuable contribution of everyone
- Diversity of experiences:
- Introduce “assistant producers” for more involvement in digital designing
- Advanced author and illustrator positions known as “scribes” to lead other students through the creative process and catalyze their idea into writing or drawing
- Sustainability by presenting Catalyst members with awards
- Improved sense of community internally in the executive team, and externally:
- Introduce online forums
- Host more continuous events, compared to the annual Fall and Winter social, with free drop-in sessions online and alternating themes (Authors night, Art night, etc.)
Rédacteur en chef
Hi! My name is Sophie Suatac and I’m a fourth-year student in Biomedical Science in French. I am very thankful for the opportunity Catalyst has given me as the current Rédactrice en chef for the 2019-2020 year. I really enjoyed working with the team this year and I would like to continue being a part of this great group of people. As the re-elected Rédactrice en chef, I would continue to collaborate with the Editor-in-Chief to promote bilingualism in science and increased student involvement in scientific literature. I also intend to make the French editing and translation process more efficient and to help organize more (virtual) events for our members during the upcoming year. I believe my bilingualism and my leadership and teamwork skills, the latter two developed as a 101 Week Guide for the SSA in 2018 and 2019, make me a great candidate for this position. I am very enthusiastic about being re-elected as your Rédactrice en chef! Feel free to ask me about my campaign on social media! (Facebook, @sophiethewise on Twitter, sop1247 on Snapchat)
Hello, my name is Brian Kim and I’m running for the position of English Author Coordinator. I’m a third year Human Kinetics student with a lot of interest in science and writing about interesting scientific topics. It has been a pleasure over the past year to write different articles in the Catalyst as an author, and it is with excitement that I apply to this position. As an English Author Coordinator, I would like to enhance communication between the coordinator and the anglophone authors to encourage further brainstorming and discussion of the diverse scientific topics that they may write about. Each Catalyst issue has a broad theme, but I would like to communicate more with individual authors to adhere to their own interests as well as to provide some guidance based on some of my experience I had as an author. I would also like to make the communication between authors and other executive members more transparent and clear to preempt any miscommunication. Overall, I really hope to make a good and productive year in Catalyst (despite the chaos from COVID) and be a good support to our team and members. Thank you for reading my platform, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi everyone! My name is Emily Tran and I would like to become one of your Production Managers for the upcoming 2020-2021 year. I am a third-year student in the Biomedical Science (French Immersion) program, and I would love to offer my creative skills and experience to Catalyst through this position. Having been a translator for the journal this past year, I had so much fun being part of the team, translating and reading everyone’s articles! As a Production Manager, I would continue the design of beautiful, eye-catching layouts for the newspaper and making sure that the production of every issue, from beginning to end, runs smoothly. Through my experience as an executive and deputy editor-in-chief for my high school yearbook, I’ve become familiar with the overall process of how the newspaper would go from screen to stand, and how to produce an awesome final product. Lastly, I will always be open to any of your suggestions for upcoming issues to ensure the quality of the Catalyst newspaper. I would also be happy to answer any questions about my candidacy, so please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. Thank you for reviewing my platform!
Fellow Catalyst members, look no further for an experienced art director that will foster community and build on your skills. I’m Myriam Hamza, a third-year biomed student and I’ve been the art director for the Catalyst for the past year. It has been such a pleasure to work with such amazing talent, and I would love to continue to build our team this coming year. As an illustrator, I found that Catalyst connected us science-art people (we’re a rare breed). As your art director, I will use my experience as last year’s director to make this year our best yet! As always, you will decide how much to contribute in each issue. Got an exam coming up? Skip this issue and contribute to the next, I get it. I believe that we can make a difference with our art. I have years of experience in selling my art for charity, and I hope to share that with you all to generate real change. By the end of the year, you will be proud to say that you are part of the Catalyst team. Let’s catalyze our creativity: Re-elect Myriam to be your art director!
Hi everyone! My name is Veronica Leal-Correia and I’m a biology and fine arts student here at uOttawa. During this past year, I have adored the opportunity of being an illustrator for the Catalyst, being able to further develop my illustration skills and intertwine my art with my love of science. It isn’t always easy to find ways to bring the arts and the sciences together, but Catalyst has opened up many possibilities for us to express ourselves creatively while also keeping in touch with our scientific journeys. Therefore, I would love the chance to take my contributions a step further and become even more involved with the journal I have loved being a part of for the past year! I have experience in designing play posters and putting together magazine covers for projects in the past, and I adore experimenting with different media and techniques, from digital to traditional. I plan to put my best efforts forward and act as a trustworthy liaison between the artists and the rest of the Catalyst team. Thank you for your consideration!
Hi there! My name is Jacey and I’m running for the position of Art Director. When I’m not laboring over lab reports, I like to draw for fun. I love the idea of making science visible using compelling illustrations and I hope I can do more of that this year. I believe I am experienced and reliable with my technical design skills from my time as Graphics/Promotions Coordinator in university and highschool clubs. If given the opportunity to work as the Art Director, I will work hard to fulfill the responsibilities and ensure that everyone’s art can be showcased to the fullest potential!