Aditi Pradeep

Direct dark matter search using the first SuperCDMS SNOLAB detector towers
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I've always been passionate about research and wanted to be a scientist. Being the study of what was, what is and what will be of the universe and its workings, I fell in love with Physics. I hope to pursue a career in academia which lets me follow my love for research and let's me share that passion with the next generation of physicists through teaching. A graduate degree was the natural next step in this direction.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is one of the top universities in the world. With world class research facilities, a supportive and nurturing scientific community and financial support through scholarships and teaching, UBC offered everything I needed to follow my dreams.

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

The PHAS department offers a niche intellectual environment that allowed me to connect with experts in any research field. Also, the program is well supported financially and part of the financial support comes from TAing. I loved that I get to teach in addition to learning.

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

My biggest surprise in Vancouver was how much people loved beach volleyball!!

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

I love the time I spend on my research. Also, the PHAS department has many outreach activities and I've started volunteering for these.

What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

A challenge I see for my carrer is the limited opportunities in academia

How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?

The program lets you make a lot of connections that may be helpful. UBC also holds workshops that are relevant.

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

My research experience and internships from my undergrad helped me streamline the area of research I wanted to work in. This was very helpful in picking my graduate school and gave a lot of points on my CV.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I've been more sporty since I moved to Vancouver and have reconnected with badminton and swimming.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

It's important to try showing up to events, be it social or academic. You would learn a lot from just being there and also get to connect with people who are passionate about the same things as you.

SuperCDMS SNOLAB Data Acquisition hardware testing at TRIUMF: This is me in front of the hardware setup for testing at TRIUMF. The setup is inside a clean room meaning that we must have proper coats, head covering and even a beard covering for those folks with a beard. We also wear boot covers after which we walk on a sticker mat to get any dirt off the covers. This is me in full gear inside the clean room.

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