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Student Profile: Aniqa Shahid
I came to Vancouver as an international student in 2012 and have lived here since then. I am a basic science researcher by education and training. After finishing basic education in Pakistan, I worked at the Aga Khan University in Karachi. Then I relocated to Canada and joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU) to pursue my MSc degree. After graduating from SFU, I worked at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AID. I returned to SFU for my PhD in 2019.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
Firstly, SFU offers a culturally diverse environment which makes it easier for international students to adjust to their life in Canada. Secondly, the Faculty of Health Sciences is at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research. Since my research interests and previous experience were well in line with the ongoing basic science HIV/AIDS research in FHS, it was an easy decision to make to come to SFU.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.
Ah, this a tough question to answer. Over the years, I have tried many times to explain my family what I do in research. I came to a relatively easy explanation in the end that I am trying to find a cure for HIV/AIDS.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I highly appreciate the well-equipped research laboratories at SFU, which is essential for our research work to progress smoothly. In addition to this, students are always encouraged to present their research at local and International conferences. I know it's a little different this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and most conferences will be virtual next year as well. Nevertheless, it gives students the opportunity to build a global network and collaborate.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?
BC Graduate Scholarship
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?
Yes, I have been awarded the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship from CIHR. This award supports doctoral research work up to three years. It is always encouraging for a student to be recognized for their academic excellence and research accomplishments. In addition to support my university education and research, this award will certainly help me secure better post-doctoral opportunities once I graduate.