Elizabeth Provost

University of Toronto • Chemistry
The Medium • Editor-in-Chief

Liz is a Russian-Canadian writer, editor, and science student born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She now works, lives, and studies in the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently attending the University of Toronto, completing an Honours Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry and Art History. She is also serving as Editor-in-Chief of The Medium's 48th Volume.


I was born in Montreal, Quebec. I spent my childhood immersed in the arts and travelling the world with my mother. At a young age I learned four languages: Russian, French, Italian and English, which I speak to this day.

My mother, an artist, and my grandfather, a distinguished musician of Russia, exposed me to an environment steeped with music, art, love, and creativity. As a child, I was instilled with the belief that a boundless future was ahead of me, and that anything I put my mind to was achievable. This is where my determination, passion, and hunger for success comes from. At a young age I was enrolled in Russian school in Montreal where, apart from mastering the language, I took part in singing, drawing, acting, and piano classes. I continue to sing, perform, and channel my creativity to this day, despite being part of a scientific field.

In 2011, I moved to Ontario. No longer being able to grow in the comforting environment of Russian school, the yearly visits to my grandparents in the small town of Kirov, Russia, helped me cultivate a worldly understanding of myself and of others.

In high school I completed a co-operative education placement at St. Michael's Health Centre in Toronto. While working alongside various general practitioners and healthcare professionals at the family clinic, I realized my deep-set passion and goal in helping those in need—particularly individuals from marginalized, vulnerable, and low-income communities.

I am currently completing an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga with a double major in Chemistry and Art History. I will be graduating in April, 2023.

Aside from being immersed in my studies, I am serving as the Editor-in-Chief of The Medium, the University of Toronto Mississauga's independent student newspaper since 1974. As I lead a team of 12 and coordinate the publication of weekly issues and various other projects, I will give a space for students of the institution to feel represented and heard. I will help foster an environment where editors can be introduced to the newsroom dynamics and writers can feel the thrill of publishing inspiring work that they care about.

I am currently completing a for-credit research placement at the Rauscher Lab as well as serving as a Work-Study Research Assistant for the Bernini Project under the supervision of U of T professor Evonne Levy.

I was recently employed as an Optometrist Assistant at Oakville Eye Care.

When I'm not studying, working, writing, or editing countless articles, you can find me singing Motown hits at my piano, going on long walks by the lake, or simply listening to music.

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