Student Stories


David Brandson (Wood Products Processing)
I spent the final co-op term of my undergraduate degree at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the UK. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are known for their extensive use of wood on the interior components of their automobiles. I was involved in a variety of projects seeing new wood and non-wood interior components into production within the Woodshop. Read more...


Christina Lam (Natural Resources Conservation – Global Perspectives)
My 4th co-op term consisted of the development and delivery of programs aimed at reconnecting people to Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. In partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium, I’ve worked to engage guests through touch tables, talks, and various other activities designed to peek interest and build knowledge on the amazing work that both organizations are doing to maintain these special places. Read more...


Shucong (Ansel) Nie (Forestry – Forest Resources Management)
For my first Co-op work term, I have been working as a research assistant in the Evenden Lab, which studies plant-insect interactions and insect chemical and behavioural ecology at the University of Alberta. This is an incredible opportunity for me to work with some excellent people in this summer. As a field and laboratory research assistant, I have learnt a lot about the endemic niche of mountain pine beetle which is the most damaging biotic disturbance agent in mature pines in western Canada. Read more...


Nicole Stevens – (Natural Resources Conservation – Global Perspectives)
Last summer I worked with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Uttarakhand, India for my second co-op work term. Not only was it an incredible experience personally, through being able to explore and engage with a new culture, but also professionally. My fellow college, Christina Howard, and I conducted research on the perceptions of Himalayan villagers towards climate change. We were able to spend time in the field conducting social surveys with the mountain communities. Read more...


Zoltan Mityok (Natural Resources Conservation)
Traversing the Sierra Madres in Wyoming, USA, climbing trees with a chainsaw in White Rock, BC, and working for two different community forests as a co-op student! Having completed five different work terms allows for such a breadth of experiences and I would encourage anyone to set themselves on such an adventure! Read more...