Catalyst 2021-2022 Executive Election Platforms

Brian Kim
Hello everyone, my name is Brian and I am running for the Editor-in-Chief position to co-lead the Catalyst for this upcoming year. For the past two years, I have had the honour to take part of this amazing club, contributing to making science narratives more accessible and fun to read for students within the uOttawa community. In my first year, I wrote multiple articles as an English author, ranging from health effects of vaping amongst young people to an interesting story about the discovery of LSD by Albert Hoffmann. In my second year, I was the English Author Coordinator, overlooking many great articles our authors have written. For the past year, many of us had the struggle to cope with school in amidst of the COVID pandemic, and the Catalyst as well had its own struggles. Because school was conducted virtually online, Catalyst’s online presence via our website grew to be more important, as it was the only way our readers can access our journals. As such, one of my goal as Editor-in-Chief is to expand readership of our journal by actively managing our social media platforms so that we can attract more students to read and more authors to contribute to our journal. As Editor-in-Chief, I would also like to have more activities, both online and offline, within the executive members and general members so that our members can connect with each other. I had a lot of fun reading and writing for the catalyst, and I would love to continue to this club as Editor-in-Chief during my last year here at uOttawa. Thank you for reading my short platform, and I look forward to having a great year at Catalyst once again.

Rédactrice en chef
Sophie Suatac
Hi! My name is Sophie Suatac and I’m a fifth-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 past two years. I love working with this team and I would really enjoy continuing to be a part of this great group. As the re-elected Rédactrice en chef, I would continue to work with the Editor-in-Chief to promote access to scientific literature by Francophone students and increased student involvement in research. I also intend to promote the Catalyst through (virtual) events such as movie nights and yoga sessions. I believe my bilingualism, my experience as the Rédactrice en chef and my leadership and teamwork skills, the latter two developed as a 101 Week Guide for the SSA in 2018, 2019 and 2020, 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! (Sophie Suatac on Facebook, @sophie_the_wise on Twitter and Instagram, sop1247 on Snapchat)

Production Manager
Emily Tran
Hi everyone! My name is Emily Tran and I have been a Production Manager for the past 2020-2021 year. I had so much fun working with you all to produce our fantastic issues, and I really hope you’ve enjoyed our issues as much as I did! I would love to continue as Production Manager for the upcoming 2021-2022 year, and continue working with such an amazing team to present science topics through stunning issues. I have had a year of experience in designing layouts, putting together the final copies of issues, and have become familiar with the process of overseeing both production and distribution. As always, I will be open to any of yoursuggestions for future issues to ensure the quality ofCatalyst. I would also be happyto answer any questions about my candidacy, so please don’t hesitate to contact me atetran015@uottawa.caor message me on Slack. Thank you for reviewing my platform!

Art Director
Myriam Hamza
Fellow Catalyst members, look no further for an experienced art director that will build on your skills. I’m Myriam, a fourth-year biomed student and I’ve been your Catalystart director for the past two years. It has been a pleasure to work with suchamazing talent, and I would love to continue to build our team of science-art people (we’re a rare breed). I hope to continue our work together as we head into this year having learnt from and adapted to the obstacles presented by COVID-19. Here are some points that I’d like to focus on this year:

  • Building a sense of community among the illustrators and photographers
    • Hosting more events like coffee shop sketch nights and photography outings
  • Generating change through fundraisers and charity art shows
  • Continuing our tradition of the illustration/photography contest
  • Maintaining flexibility in your commitment to keep things stress-free around your workload
If you have any questions about my platform, you can reach me at By the end of the year, you will be proud to say that you are part of theCatalystteam. Let’s catalyze our creativity: Re-elect Myriam to be your art director!