Mentor of Distinction
Dr. Linda Sandercock plays a very active role in both her research field and in the community. Dr. Sandercock has made many contributions in the field of medical research, while in the community she has acted as an advocate to promote Science through her involvement in science outreach programs and as an active member of various organizations. Her enthusiasm for teaching and interest in science has made her a respected member of her department and in the community.
Dr. Sandercock is a bright individual who graduated from the University of Alberta in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honors) in Cell biotechnology. At the end of her undergraduate study, she received a distinguished Dean’s silver medal in science award. Her love for science led her to then pursue and attain a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. During her graduate studies, she held many distinguished awards such as NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and UBC Graduate Fellowships. Along with awards, Dr. Sandercock published two first author papers, presented her research at scientific meetings.
Currently, she is in her second year of an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Post-doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Frank Jirik at the University of Calgary, in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She recently published an important paper from two years of research on DNA repair. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, including the Annual International Fanconi Anemia Scientific Symposium, the American Association for Cancer Research and Radiation Research Society special conference on Radiation Biology and Cancer and the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network Annual Meetings.
Contributions to Science and Society
When Dr. Sandercock is not busy contributing towards scientific research, she is involved in various organizations to help promote science. She has extensive experience in teaching and supervising; for example, she has been a teaching assistant for university courses, a co-supervisor for high school, co-op and summer students. During her current post- doctoral position she has helped instruct in the Bachelor of Health Science’s program and has been a Team Leader and instructor for the Protein Skills Workshop in the Faculty of Medicine at U of Calgary. In addition, she and some co- workers authored the manual and helped run the AHFMR summer high school biology teachers’ workshops for the past couple of years at U of C.
With all this teaching experience, she has tried to reach out into the community and increase awareness about science. For instance, during her graduate studies she was a volunteer workshop facilitator for the Shad Valley UBC Program and active in the Scientist’s in the School program in Vancouver. In Calgary, for two years now, she has spearheaded the lab’s involvement in a summer research program for high school students called the Heritage Young Research Scientist program and in Operation Minerva which is a program where Grade 8 junior high girls spend a day with a science professional. For the past three years, she has also volunteered her time being a SciberMentor where she mentors a girl in grades 6-12 for the school year. Currently, she is on the executive of the Post-doctoral association at the University of Calgary and volunteers for the Alberta Women Science Network (AWSN) and was recently elected their treasurer. In association with AWSN, she is involved with the organizing committee for the AWSN and University of Calgary’s joint conference for the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Technology and the Trades (CCWESTT) to be held in Calgary in 2006.
Besides her interest in science and contributions to the community, she is an avid downhill skier and mountain biker. Given her background and skills, her dedication to science, commitment to teaching others, the respect she commands of her colleagues and students is very admirable. Thus, to say that Dr. Sandercock is passionate about Science and involved in her community to promote science would be an understatement.