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"Co-op has given me the opportunity to gain unique experiences that you would never get in the lecture hall. This summer, I was hired as a Research Analyst with Precision Xtract, a consultancy that conducts Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) primarily for pharmaceutical companies. My colleagues and I compile current data on a client's drug such as its efficacy, safety, economic cost, etc. This research supports clients in future drug development. My favourite part about the position is that I get to learn about different diseases and the current therapeutics used to treat them. When it comes to advice for students considering Co-op, apply as soon as you can! When I joined Co-op, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do post grad, but after working in different positions and trying many different things, I can confidently say I have a much clearer future direction."

Seana Semchishen is a 5th year Psychology Honours student who is currently completing a Co-op term at Precision Xtract. She previously completed a Co-op at Canadian Heritage and is involved on campus as a Research Assistant in the Behavioural Endocrinology Lab, Editor for the SFU OLC, and Volunteer for the Student Ambassador Program.

This post was originally posted on the SFU Psychology Instagram on August 27, 2019.