Skip to main content
Science › Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
SFU Co-op Alumni

empty
Picture of Katelyn smiling
I knew that gaining hands-on experience outside the classroom is not only one of the best ways to learn, but an excellent opportunity to explore and shape my career goals. The diverse work and cultural experiences I had challenged me and contributed to the growth of my independence and maturity.

The following article was adapted from a news release sent out on Monday March 23rd, 2009. The full release is published on the SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations page

During National Co-op Week 2009, the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education in partnership with SFU announced that SFU Biology and Biochemistry Co-op student, Katelyn Mueller , was awarded the 2008 National Co-op Student of the Year award.

In her back pocket, Katelyn holds a CGPA of 4.16, has received the Governor General Bronze Academic Medal, the BC Science Achievement Award, and has a hand full of nationally and internationally published articles. Katelyn has been described by the SFU Co-op Program as an “exceptional scholar, Co-op student, and community member.”

After working on developing cancer treatments at the Biology III Institute at the University of Freiburg in Germany, Katelyn's supervisor, Dr. Kristian Müller, commented, “I can only praise her personality and immaculate work and I foresee a great future for her in science.” Locally, Katelyn worked with Dr. David Granville at St. Paul's Hospital working towards reducing heart transplant rejection, and also worked with Merck Frosst in Montreal on studies looking into reducing high blood pressure.

Katelyn recognized that the exposure to Co-op work experiences would enhance her university career. “I knew that gaining hands-on experience outside the classroom is not only one of the best ways to learn, but an excellent opportunity to explore and shape my career goals. The diverse work and cultural experiences I had challenged me and contributed to the growth of my independence and maturity."

Katelyn's motivation to continue in Co-op was also closely tied to her academics, "my academic work became more relevant as I saw its practical applications. For this reason, I strove to apply to a variety of Co-op positions that would give me the broadest and most valuable experiences possible.” Katelyn notes, “I am grateful for the opportunities I have gained through Co-op. Now that I have completed the Co-op program, I look forward to applying my experience and challenging myself in new ways.”

Muriel Klemetski, Director of SFU's Co-op Education Program comments, "Katelyn is now the third SFU student in the last seven years to receive this prestigious national award. It truly speaks to her incredible accomplishments and her ability to serve as an ambassador for Co-op Education around the world. We're extremely proud of her and our Program."

The national awards program recognizes two students enrolled in an accredited Co-op Program (out of a pool of 80,000 students studying at CAFCE member institutions) who have gone above and beyond their expected performance and achievements in areas including job performance, academic performance and responsibility. It also includes particular contributions to their employer, to Co-operative Education, and the community at large.

In addition to receiving a certificate and plaque from CAFCE recognizing her achievement, Katelyn receives the $500 Emery-Dufault Award in recognition of the contributions of two of the founding members of o-operative education in Canada, Dr. Charles Leslie (Les) Emery and Professor George Joseph Dufault along with a $500 CAFCE Award.

Beyond the Blog

SFU Co-op Alumni

You Might Like These... Co-op Reflections, Professional Development, Career Exploration, Seeking, Work Term Extension

author, courtney, smiling
A Second Term in Government: More of the Same?

Having completed my first work term for Health Canada as a Communications Officer Intern, I was eager to try something new, and the government was not where I believed that was going to happen. That is until I was offered a position at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada...

picture of glichelle pondering a though
Surviving Workplace Politics

Ever been peeved with workplace politics? Have you ever been a victim of office politics? One student shares her experiences from the workplace with tips on how to survive.

 

person with their head in a book
Responsibility and Success

One of the most memorable parts of my time in co-op was the collection of accidents, errors, mistakes, and mix-ups that happened in the course of working in the laboratory.

 

You Might Like These... Co-op Reflections

a girl writing an essay
From Classroom to Cubicle: How My Student Skills Led to Co-op Success

Once you land a job, the skills you’ve learned in your classes make surprising appearances in the workforce. Discover how Rebecca’s ability to navigate university helped her attain co-op success!

Banner of Canucks Game
Scoring the Job

If you have a passion for hockey and can afford to work without a weekly pay cheque (a $1000 honorarium is provided at the end of the term), then applying for a Co-op job with the Vancouver Canucks could prove to be an unforgettable experience. Landing a coveted internship isn't easy, but if you're up for the challenge, read on and you could soon be calling yourself a Canuck.

Jazmin and her campers
Piecing the Puzzle Together
My time at Parks Canada has been the most dynamic placement with experience working at the Visitor’s Centre in customer service to creating a day camp program from scratch. As a young person working at the site, I was approached by a co-worker to write an article for our internal newsletter. I wrote this article in celebration of August 12, International Youth Day!