Each month, SRSA nominates members of our team to be recognized for their exceptional work. On this page we will feature the winners of each month so that you can learn more about them and their role on SRSA!

SRSA Star – December

Kevin (Doyoon) Won

Director of Student Life

Hi everyone, my name is Kevin and I am entering the first year of my Master’s program in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. My research is focused on investigating the mechanism of anti-red blood cell antibodies in treating immune thrombocytopenia. I will be one of the Directors of Student Life for SRSA and I hope to bring new and exciting social events to our student body this year!

Zoya Tawhidi

Director of Student Life

I am starting the first year of my master’s program with the department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. My research focuses on understanding the mechanism of antibodies in the treatment of autoimmune diseases such an immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). This is my first year on SRSA and I am excited to be a part of the team!

This is what their teammates had to say about them: “Kevin and Zoya consistently put on fun, engaging and interesting socials that bring together students during this difficult time. Thanks to their dedication, students really feel like SMH is a community!



What do you love most about SRSA?

Being a part of SRSA doesn’t feel like “work”. I feel as though I am part of a team that truly enjoys what they do. We attend one another’s events, our meetings are always productive, positive, and constructive, and it shows that our team always has the interest of the research students at the forefront of our minds. I believe that enjoying what you do is a major contributor in bringing your best work forward, and SRSA exemplifies that quite wonderfully.

What colour would you be and why?

I’ve been thinking about this question for a while and can’t seem to come to an answer LOL. I’ll have to say gray and stay neutral.

What famous person would you want to spend a whole day with and why?

A musician named Jacob Collier. He’s found this crazy yet amazing balance between classical, jazz, and pop that makes his music sound so unique. He experiments a lot with the composition and production of his music by exploring tonalities and other musical elements that don’t necessarily exist (like B half flat…???). It’s so funky, but the novelty of his sound is so so refreshing. He is quite literally a modern-day musical genius. I would love to pick his brain for a day.


What do you love most about SRSA?

Starting graduate school in the middle of a pandemic has definitely not helped with meeting new people. What I love the most about SRSA is the sense of community it has brought for me with such an amazing SRSA team. It has provided me with a great opportunity for meeting and learning from people with various research and academic backgrounds.

What’s your favourite board game and why?

I think puzzles count as a board game so I would say that. For me, once I get the border done, it’s actually impossible to step back from it until it’s done!

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

I love food and trying new foods is my favourite hobby so this is the hardest question ever. My top 3 would be sushi, tacos or a really good shawarma plate. I simply cannot choose between the three!


November – Madison Walker (Director of Student Equity)

October – Victoria Ki (Communications Director)