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CST Graduate Award winner Zion Lee

Zion approaches his future with equal parts excitement and humour. He acknowledges outright that his parents are quite surprised with the way he turned out. He was a rebellious teenager and his parents, immigrants from Hong Kong, considered him an unlikely candidate for university. However, Zion credits the support of his parents and his brother for the success he has found now that he has chosen to apply his talents to an academic career.  This support has come with considerable sacrifice since Zion describes his family as low income.

CST Graduate Award winner Tim Wu

Tim Wu is curious.  From a very early age, he has always wanted to understand and improve the world around him. Throughout his high school years, Tim channeled his curiosity into the sciences.

CST Graduate Award winner Simon Beshara

When asked about his future in medicine, Simon emphasizes the importance of being both a physician and a scientist; “Classically, academia and medicine have been on two different tracks: You had people who went into treating people based on what we know, and you had people who dedicated their lives to helping us know more.  As medicine and research evolved, we realized that we need people to do both because it’s those practitioners who see what people need who are the ones best placed to find where we can go next.  So, there’s a big push for this sort of physician-scientist balanc

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