Kathryn Ovenell-Carter
Student, Faculty of Education

Engaging students

SFU students help shape communities while discovering their own potential

Kathryn Ovenell-Carter entered university certain she would be a research scientist. A Governor-General’s medalist with several prestigious scholarship offers on the table, she chose SFU because they offered her the chance to work in a real lab right away—a rare opportunity for a first-year student.

But in third year she took a chance detour on her academic road and accepted a summer job with SCIENCE AL!VE, one of SFU’s many community outreach programs and an Actua member organization. It was while teaching science to elementary school children in remote Haida Gwaii that she woke to her true calling: a desire to make science more exciting and accessible to young people.

She continued to work with SCIENCE AL!VE in the Lower Mainland over the next couple of years while completing her degree in molecular biology. Now, she is training to be a teacher in the Indigenous Perspectives module of SFU’s Professional Development Program.

SFU’s flexible learning environment allows students to discover their passions and change the course of their lives—sometimes in just one summer.

Engaging students means empowering them to apply their coursework beyond the classroom. And that makes the world a better place—because when knowledge hits the road there’s no limit to how far it can go.