Since 2021 I am coordinating a partnership between NovaUkraine nonprofit in the US and Teach for Ukraine nonprofit in Ukraine, being actively involved in both organizations. At Caltech, Tom Miller, Jeff Mendez and I designed a computational component of the freshman laboratory chemistry course, Ch3 based on Envision.
I tutored chemistry, physics and math to high school students throughout my Undergrad. Many of them are currently studying in their dream schools: University college in UK, Columbia University in USA, University of Toronto in Canada. I also trained several Olympiad participants: Kozibroda Bohdan (bronze for Ukraine, IChO-2016) and team Canada for IChO-2018 (2 bronze and 1 silver medals). During the Covid-19 pandemic I was doing Zoom science tutoring for high school students on behalf of the CAUSE tutoring nonprofit.
I worked as a research assistant in HLVC project, headed by Prof. Naomi Nagy at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto for two years. As an RA I recorded several Ukrainian heritage speakers in Toronto and native speakers in Ukraine, processed and analyzed tens of interviews and helped finish data collection and preliminary analysis for Ukrainian part of the project.
I listen to all kinds of rock music, and I always have a pair of wireless headphones on me.
Many people guess these are for listening to music 24/7. And they are wrong! These are
mostly so I can listen to audio-books every time I am bored.
Nonetheless, I do enjoy good music, just not as a constant background and I went to the live shows of Metallica, Scorpions, Iron Maiden and many more. I also play the guitar, base and contrabass and I used to be a bassist in an orchestra in Lutsk.
I used to read a lot of books when I was a kid, by which I mean over 80 of them a year. As I got busier, I read less and less fiction and more science textbooks. Nowadays I almost never read non-science, but I miss it a lot. I use audiobooks as an effective remedy, managing to squeeze in a few hours of listening a day, while performing routine tasks. You can check out the books I have read so far at my Goodreads account. One word of advice: if you are listening to a book, speed it up between 1.5 and 2 times, otherwise they are incredibly boring.
Toronto has a vibrant Ukrainian community, that I am proud to have been a part of. I helped to organize several cultural events, that promote and develope Ukrainian-Canadian identity. Most prominently, I led the volunteer effort during Vyshyvanka days in Toronto in 2017 and 2018, helped organize several UCPBA and MEGA Zabava events.