Ambassador Program

The GRFAW Ambassador program started in 2014. The goal of the GRFAW Ambassador Program is to present the GRFAW (Gene Researcher for a Week) opportunity to as many Canadian high school students as possible. The ambassadors are GRFAW alumni from previous years wishing to give back to the program. In 2016, 32 ambassadors were recruited across six provinces in Canada. The Regional Chairs (RC), within the Ambassador program, coordinate all ambassador activities in their geographic area and report back to the Ambassador Program Chair. The Ambassadors present information about the Gene Researcher for a Week (GRFAW) program to schools, student science clubs and events that target students who are interested in genetic science and research after high school. As students who have participated in the GRFAW program, the Ambassadors can give first hand information on what it is like to participate in such an amazing program. They can also answer question about applying for the program. Ambassadors also actively advocate the GRFAW program through social media and may also assist in other aspects of the program. When possible, Ambassadors may contact labs to be a potential host lab. Ambassadors also mentor students who have been accepted into the GRFAW program so that those students can be better prepared for their life changing experience being a Gene Researcher for a Week!

If you are an alumni interested in being part of the program or a student who has recently met an ambassador and has follow up questions, email us at

GRFAW Ambassador Program National Chair:
Gabriel Sari, Health Sciences, Marianopolis College

Regional Chairs (RCs):
Ontario RC: Madalina Benea, Western University, London, ON
British Columbia RC: Lara Radovic, Prince of Wales Mini School, BC
Atlantic Canada RC (Includes NS, NB and NF): PAtricia Kennedy, Fredericton High School
Saskatchewan RC: Yuxin Bai,Walter Murray Collegiate Institute
Alberta RC: Madelene Faye Ho, University of Alberta