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Student Profile: Gemma Malagon
master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences
My name is Gemma, I am a first year MSc student in the Sensorimotor and Neuroscience Lab led by Dr. Daniel Marigold. I grew up in a small town in Mexico and completed my BSc in Biomedical Engineering as a student-athlete in Track and Field. I had the opportunity to come to Canada for the first time during my Bachelors degree for a MITACS Globalink research internship related to the mechanics of nerves and muscle movement. Since then, one of my dreams was to come back and pursue graduate school.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I was driven to pursue my MSc at SFU as an opportunity to be part of a team that would pioneer in current research challenges. It is well-known that SFU has high quality research facilities to conduct collaboration and interdisciplinary research projects. I wanted to experience that.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
My research will investigate strategies to improve how we retain and transfer new learnings under different environments to enhance neurorehabilitation programs.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
What I like the most at SFU so far, is the flexibility that I get to do work that I enjoy on my own hours. Also the multicultural environment feels friendly and with great opportunities for networking.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
I am grateful to have received the MITACS Fellowship award and the Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship, it has been a major source of financial stability specially when moving your whole life to a new country.
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