Casey Wong

Immunology and Infection, University of Alberta to UW, 2020-2021 Killam Fellow


I am Casey Wong and I am in my third year in the Immunology and Infection Honours program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I cannot wait to meet all the people in the Killam Fellowship Program and students at the University of Washington. I believe I can meet a lot of like-minded people who want to explore life beyond their cities and learn about what other institutions have to offer.

Having done research for only a few months, I have grown to love it! The University of Washington is home to many established and brilliant researchers, many advances in immunology, such as immunotherapy for cancer patients, were able because of their research. I would love to meet and talk to these experts and form new bonds to widen my network.
The University of Washington also offers many interesting courses such as Swearing and Taboo Language that are not offered at my home university. I hope to take advantage of this experience and fully immerse myself into the American culture and the education offered by the University of Washington.

I have been to Seattle once with my family during spring a few years ago. Although our stay was short, this city was one of the most vibrant cities I’ve been to. From Pike Place Market to viewing the city from Kerry Park, I absolutely adore the Seattle community and am excited for an excuse to return. I believe this opportunity to learn more beyond home will truly be once in a lifetime. I look forward to the bonds to be made, the skills to be acquired and to begin this adventure.

The Killam Fellowship Program allows undergraduate students from Canada and the United States to participate in a program of binational residential exchange. This program, administered by Fulbright Canada, is supported by an endowment from the American Killam Trusts, Global Affairs Canada, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada). It is an integral part of the Foundation’s multidimensional strategy to foster mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America. The Canadian Studies Center is a partner institution with the Killam Foundation enabling up to two full academic year fellowships annually for UW students.