Interview with Cherry Pun

Cherry Pun

H.BSc. Forensic Biology Specialist, 2012                 
                      
Forensic Services Technologist, Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit
Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (as of Oct 2012)

Cherry Pun

Cherry Pun completed her undergraduate degree as a forensic biology specialist, and was employed shortly thereafter by the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. She will be attending medical school at the University of Queensland, Australia, in January 2013 and hopes to return to Canada to receive specialized medical training in forensic pathology.

  • My passion in science rooted in high school and grew as I took biology courses in the higher grades. When I thought of what I would do when I grew up, I looked up all the possible types of scientific careers and knew I didn't want to just work with "boring" science. That's when I looked into the world of forensics and realized that this is where I could use my scientific knowledge in the coolest way possible.
  • The forensic science program at UTM seemed to have the best reputation in Ontario and is housed within one of the top universities in Canada. Knowing that UTM had numerous ties to the professional field in forensic science, with professors and lecturers who are active in the field, I felt that this institution would give me the best education and network ties needed for success. The internship opportunity also appeared promising in providing valuable research and work experience, which is rather lacking in many other university programs.
  • My undergraduate degree in forensic science has been beneficial, not only because it taught me the skills and principles related to all areas of forensic science as well as science in general, but it has also taught me a way of thinking - a methodology in solving problems outside of the university walls. These comprehensive skills have provided me with working knowledge required in my dream career and it also led me to make better decisions in life.
  • I believe the most valuable aspect of my undergraduate career is the ability to interact with professors who play active roles in the forensic science field. Through communicating with lecturers, professors, and teaching assistants I was able to learn more about the different areas in forensic science and the professionalism bounded to the field. It allows you to find out what the current practice in the field is and what opportunities are currently available. Sometimes knowing more about the field may make you feel repelled, but that is perhaps more valuable than not knowing what you are signing up for.
  • The faculty at UTM when I was a student there were very friendly and approachable. I found that most of the professors and lecturers were willing to share their experiences with you and help you with academics as well as planning your career. However, I do find that there is a lack of full-time faculty in all areas of forensic science, which is needed to improve the research arena in forensic science. There also seems to be a lack of progression in the forensic science courses. Most of the specialized courses are offered as a single course only and often times these courses are condensed and many topics are only brushed upon.
  • As someone who set out to pursue a career in forensic science, I am very glad that this program has confirmed my passion in life - though this may not be the case for most individuals. There were definitely times where I wanted to give up on forensic science, but it seems as though when you're meant to do something, you'll eventually find your way there.