We are Women in Science…

…and we hope to inspire other women and girls to join us.

Lessons & Memories from the women of the Active Aging Research Team

“If you don’t see a clear path in front of you, you might have to make your own. Take it step-by-step. It’s ok if you don’t know if you don’t have it all figured out yet.”

“I wanted to understand how to take research findings (e.g., physical activity is good for you) and apply them to help improve peoples’ lives.”

“Find a mentor that you admire and that will take the time to challenge you to succeed, and make sure the area you go into is one you are passionate about, it will show in your work!”

“Self-doubt was/is probably the greatest challenge — regularly feeling like an imposter (not uncommon in academia!)”

“Incredible people who became lifelong friends and mentors [helped me to stay with my career goals]. My greatest incentive as I ‘pay that forward’, is working with talented, passionate, and committed young women. They surprise and inspire me every day.”

“Knowing where your passion (potentially) lies is truly a blessing! Disregard the false stereotypes in the field and do what your heart desires.”

“My parents didn’t see Kinesiology as a great field of study and think it’s the equivalent of personal training. It was challenging to convince them otherwise.”

“My early training and research was in neurovascular physiology. In this space, not only did I learn about an incredibly complex and connected physiological system, but I realized that communication, translation of evidence, and relationships between people and organizations had a huge influence on health science advancements.”

“Let your curiosity guide you. There are many areas and career paths in science and it is important to love your area. Keep exploring until you land where you feel passion for change!”

“I think there is probably a field out there for everyone and so many skills are transferrable between fields. You can’t know everything — build a community, collaborate, find a supportive mentor, create a great team — people who will stand behind you and beside you.”

Meet the Women of the Active Aging Research Team

Professor Heather McKay with her trainee and mentee, (now) Dr. Anna Chudyk
Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould at the Gerontological Society of America conference with Dr. Paul Stolee.
Samantha Gray presents her research poster at The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference
Sarah Lusina facilitates a collaborative scientific meeting
Dr. Thea Franke shares her research
For Callista Ottoni, fieldwork is in the community.
Christa Hoy gives keynote address at a public health conference in northern British Columbia



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Active Aging Research Team @ UBC

Empowering people to live independent, active and connected lives as they age. Community-based research and evaluation team at University of British Columbia.