Raliat Abioye has been named UNBC’s Class of 2019 Valedictorians alongside Emilio Caputo.
Abioye is graduating with her Bachelor of Science – Honours degree with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology.
She is from Brampton, Ont. and in the Fall of 2015 enrolled at UNBC where she quickly developed her passions in research, mentoring, community service and leadership.
Working under the guidance of Chemistry Professor Dr. Stephen Rader, her research involved RNA splicing and she is a three-time recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Undergraduate Student Research Award.
Abioye excelled in her studies and besides working as a Teaching Assistant, she became a biology, chemistry and math tutor to help other UNBC students achieve their academic goals, positions that she says allowed her to improve her confidence and gain valuable knowledge.
On campus, she was Vice-President of the Chemistry Club; a Peer-Led Team Leader; a Student Life volunteer at Orientation; a member of the Synthetic Biology Club; a Research Ambassador who helped promote the abundance of research opportunities available at UNBC to her peers and high school students; and was one of the founding members of the Afro-Caribbean Student Association.
Off campus, she volunteered at the Crisis Prevention, Intervention and Information Centre where she provided much-needed emotional support to people who suffer from mental illness or suicidal thoughts.
Abioye has set her sights on pursuing a career in medicine, but that’s after she completes a Master’s degree in Biochemistry based on the passion for research she developed as an undergraduate student.
Raliat Abisoye and Emilio Caputo will each give a brief speech during the Prince George convocation celebrations on May 31 at the Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre.
Abioye will give her valedictorian speech at the College of Science and Management Convocation ceremony at 2:30 p.m.