Antoine Belley

Probing beyond standard model physics through ab initio calculations of exotic weak processes in atomic nuclei
Jens Dilling, Jason Holt
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

At the end of my undergrad, I felt like I had only scratch the top of where physics is nowadays and I wanted to really dive in. I had also already found a project that I was really interested in and wanted to continue.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

What drove me to UBC is really my research group. I started with my group during a summer internship at TRIUMF and really like the research, and so I decided to continue it for my graduate studies. Having the mountains at my doorstep was also something very attractive to me.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

I was really driven by the research group first. My field is pretty small and UBC is pretty much the only place in Canada where I am able to do research in it.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Moving to Vancouver at the beginning of the pandemic, it is really hard for me to answer this question as I haven't had the chance to explore much. However, I think something that I really like about Vancouver is how much greenery and flowers there are in the city.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

I think that starting with my group during my undergrad as really allowed me to get a head start when it comes to research.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

The best way for me to relax is to go hiking with my puppy, Boson. And of course a nap is always welcome!

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Don't be afraid to ask questions and go talk to other professors/researchers in your field, and use conferences to network! You never know when a simple discussion with someone can turn into a collaboration for a publication.


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