Science Advice Centre Advisors


Karen Cooper

Karen is a UFV Science Academic Advisor. She completed her Master of Science in Biology at Simon Fraser University, during which she studied the effects of whole lake fertilization on production of zooplankton and juvenile sockeye salmon. Upon completion of her degree, Karen worked as a Fisheries Biologist in private industry for eight years. She then worked as a Co-op Education Coordinator at Simon Fraser University before moving south and settling in Eugene, Oregon, where she worked as an Academic Advisor at the University of Oregon for eight years. Karen’s interests include walking, reading and gardening.

Rilla Apostolakis

Rilla has come full-circle at UFV, having been a student during the Fraser Valley College days and now as an employee since 2001. She has worked in a variety of departments such as Marketing and Communications, University Advancement, Health Sciences, and in Computer Information Systems. But advising was where she found her passion and she has been advising students at UFV for close to 10 years. She has been an advisor in the Science Advice Centre since 2011 and in the past has also advised students in the BA in Adult Education, Computer Information Systems, and ECE/CYC programs. She received a BFA degree in Theatre from the University of Victoria and a MSc degree in Academic Advising from Kansas State University (Go Wildcats!). Rilla’s interests include beachcombing, baking, gardening, and seeing as much live theatre as she can.

Cory Beshara

Cory’s diverse education began at Waterloo with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry. After some soul searching during a one year academic hiatus as a general labourer, during which time his preferred job was that of a garbage loader, he decided to complete his graduate degree in synthetic chemistry at Dalhousie University. Now an expert in pyrrole chemistry three post-doctoral positions allowed him to gain experience in medicinal chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and protein engineering at Dalhousie University, University of Victoria, and University of Alberta, respectively. Organic chemistry is still his favorite subject after all these years.

Jeff Chizma

Having completed a B.Sc at the University of Manitoba, Jeff went on to the University of Guelph to complete both a M.Sc and Ph.D in theoretical Physics. Jeff has been at the University of the Fraser Valley since 2007, when he started a 4 year run as a sessional instructor in the Physics Department. While a sessional, he represented the interests of other sessionals on the FSA, and has now thrown his hat in the ring to help students out in Science Advising. Currently a full-time faculty member of the UFV Physics Department, he continues his passion for teaching and enjoys nothing more than to see students succeed.
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