2012 Undergraduate Student of the Year Award

BA 2013: Interdisciplinary Studies

This year, Rebekah Parker is distinguished as the Arts Co-op Student of the Year through her work term with UBC Student Development, Engineering, her involvement with the Arts Co-op community and her academic achievements. These accomplishments also earned Rebekah Honourable Mentions for the Student of the Year Awards at both the provincial and national levels, through the Association for Co-operative Education in BC/Yukon and the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education, respectively.

As a Student Development Assistant with UBC Student Development and Engineering Student Services, Rebekah was responsible for several projects, including supporting the Engineering Mentoring Program, assisting with planning the Imagine Day UBC Orientations for engineering students and developing web content for the Student Development Engineering and Women in Engineering website. Her supervisor, Emily Wyatt, Student Development Coordinator, Engineering praised Rebekah for her “exceptional professionalism, initiative, and quality of work in all aspects of her role” and notes that Rebekah is “one of the strongest students” that she has ever worked with. Rebekah is also actively involved with the Arts Co-op community as the Mentorship Chair and Web Chair for the Arts Co-op Students’ Association.

Excellence in the Workplace

As a Student Development Assistant, Rebekah improved the programs at UBC Student Development, Engineering. A key project Rebekah worked on was the Orientation and Transition Programming for engineering students. Rebekah helped hire, and train 87 student volunteers to guide transfer students on Imagine Day and directly supervised 14 transfer student volunteers. Emily commends Rebekah for her ability to take initiative, apply her training in storytelling and share her knowledge with these volunteers: “Rebekah effectively engaged our volunteers in the process of reflecting on their own stories at UBC to share with new-to-UBC engineering students.”

Rebekah also oversaw and managed two major events for the Engineering Mentoring Program for approximately 130 participants. On top of this, she helped edit and develop content for the Student Development Engineering website which, her supervisor compliments, made the site “more user-friendly” for students. In order to improve the website, Rebekah utilized her technical skills and took initiative to attend WordPress learning support sessions. Rebekah’s skill set and knowledge helped her succeed in the role as Student Development Assistant.

Through her experience with Student Development, Engineering, Rebekah saw her classroom theories in action. One focus of Rebekah’s interdisciplinary studies degree is on community development. Through her work term, she lead focus groups of Engineering students to access their needs to foster a community within the faculty, specifically for new-to-UBC students. She learned about the required factors to build a community.  Rebekah plans to pursue community development work in the future and this experience will be something she looks back on when she graduates with her BA in 2013.