Vicki Zhang

The Arctic Researcher

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 10:07am

Vicki M. Zhang started her graduate studies in January 2020, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Kotanen.

Vicki is not your ordinary Master's student. She "boldly goes where" few researchers have gone before, way up to Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world, "to study why non-native plants invade some areas but not others." (

Firm believer in communicating her science and ultimately in science literacy,  Vicki is involved in several outreach programs. Vicki is a Mississauga Chapter Volunteer for the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS), and also a mentor for the Side by Side Agency, a non profit student led online tutoring program for Ontario students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Recently, Vicki co-led a lab meeting discussion about Race and Racism in Science and Academia, starting with acknowledging that race is a hard topic to think and talk about, and ending with how grad students can address racism as academic scientists. Read more here:

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