Alise Gaiser

What education have you taken?

I am currently in my last year of a four-year Bachelor of Science Honours Degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Prior to BU, I attended Neelin High School, from which I graduated with a French Diploma.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

It is of extreme importance to me to be able to give back to the community that has been so generous to me. For this reason, throughout high school and continuing to the present, I have been an active volunteer. I have volunteered as well as worked in personal care homes, volunteered with the midwives at the BRHA as well as in the emergency room. I have also coached a variety of basketball and volleyball teams at Neelin High School over the last 5 years. At university, I have received a Board of Governor’s entrance scholarship, the Louis Riel scholarship as well as the MMF Bursary.

Tell me about yourself/ your background/ your history.

I was born and raised in Brandon and remained here for my post-secondary education. I am a bilingual undergrad student with the ambition to become a doctor.

How did you become interested in your field of study?

Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be a doctor. From a young age, I made it my goal to help others in any way that I possibly could. This led me to my various volunteer opportunities as well as work experiences. Throughout my science courses at BU, I have developed a passion for the workings of the human body. I became interested in this field of study because it allows me to fulfill my dream of helping others as well as to continue study the subjects in which I am most interested.

What is your philosophy in life?

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

In the future, I see myself attending graduate school where I will become an MD. Following this, I would like to return to Brandon or the surrounding area to practice medicine.

Nominator’s Comments:

Alise is a Métis student with a superior GPA and in recognition of this, she was awarded an NSERC-Undergraduate Student Research Award last summer. During this time, Alise developed a model to study the effects of chemotherapy-induced baldness. For her honours thesis, Alise is using this model to investigate the ability of certain chemicals to prevent this toxic effect. Alise plans to either attend medical school or graduate school in the fall, following her graduation from BU.