Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
After completing my undergraduate degree, I knew I wanted to continue exploring experimental particle physics and a graduate degree is the next step in pursuing a career in physics research.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
In my undergraduate degree, I participated in research with the University of Toronto ATLAS group and for graduate school I wanted to explore a new city and expand my professional connections by working with a new ATLAS group. I chose UBC because the ATLAS group is one of the best in Canada and has an amazing team of professors, post-docs and graduate students all working together to make important contributions to the ATLAS collaboration.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
My previous research experiences taught me that I thrive in collaborative environments and enjoy working on hardware projects, such as particle detectors and electronics. UBC has a strong research and academic graduate program and the UBC ATLAS group has expertise with both hardware and analysis projects that were a perfect fit for my research interests.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The best surprise about UBC was meeting a great group students in the department who share my love of physics and the outdoors. On weekends we often will ski, hike, camp and explore Vancouver and the surrounding area.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
My best advice to future graduate students is to find a program and a research field that you love. Of course, your choice of research area and supervisor are important, but it is also the other professors, post-docs and graduate students around you that well help guide you toward success.