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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Devon McLeod (BSc '20)

mcleod.jpgregulatory compliance officer, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

"Laurier provided me with a strong framework to build a network and create strong relationships with faculty members. These relationships have enabled me to learn and grow outside of the classroom while working with professors to participate in research throughout my degree and finish my degree with a few publications. These publications substantially increased my resume while the research has taught me what it’s like to apply classroom skills to real-world problems. Most importantly however I have been able to develop many essential skills for my future in the workforce."

Connor Martz (BSc '17)

martz.jpggraduate student, University of Waterloo

"During my time at Laurier, I took a keen interest in various projects. Firstly, I worked along side Professor Li Wei in her fibre optics laboratory where we received a research grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to design a tunable multimode fibre-optic sensor. We published a paper on our results in the IEEE Photonics Journal. I then began my undergraduate research project where I was mentored by Professor Ioannis Haranas. I presented this research in a poster at the annual FOSSA research conference at Laurier and we published a paper in Advances in Mathematical Physics. I was also one of the authors of a publication in Astrophysics and Space Science, titled 'The Poynting-Robertson effect in the Newtonian potential with a Yukawa correction.' After graduating, I went on to pursue my dream of studying astrophysics in graduate school at the University of Waterloo, where I studied galaxy clusters using the Chandra X-ray Observatory."

Gerard Tatel (BSc '18)

tatel.jpggraduate student, University of Ottawa

"My early years at Laurier were filled with engaging courses and labs, which prepared me for my latter years and allowed me to have my foot in the door to participate in research and extra projects with caring and devoted professors. I acquired an understanding of the dedication research takes and have developed the necessary patience it sometimes takes. Throughout my undergrad, I was given the opportunity to explore many branches of physics beyond in-class courses doing research and projects for professors Li Wei (fibre optics and photonics), M.S. Wartak (plasmonics) and Ioannis Haranas (astrophysics). These opportunities led to my interest and passion to pursue further education. After graduating, I continued as a research assistant to finish up the publication for IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, and I am set to start my Master of Science in Physics."

Cameron Naraine (BSc '18)

naraine.jpggraduate student, McMaster University and National Research Council of Canada 

"At the end of my third year at Laurier, I was invited by Professor Li Wei to participate as a research assistant in her fibre optics lab. My project focused on Mach-Zehnder interferometers for optical filtering and was eventually published in IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology. I also worked as a teaching assistant under Professor Hasan Shodiev and contributed to astrophysics research efforts under the supervision of Professor Ioannis Haranas. These experiences allowed and encouraged me to pursue further education in a research-based PhD program in Engineering Physics at both McMaster University and the National Research Council of Canada. Without the support of the faculty and community of the Laurier Physics program, I would not have been able to learn about or participate in my chosen field of work as much as I have to date. I have everyone in Laurier Physics who has helped me along the way to thank for allowing me to build my career and discover the best version of me."

Sheldon Van Middelkoop (BSc '17)

van-middelkoop.jpggraduate student, University of Western Ontario

"My first year at Laurier threw me by surprise and exposed me to many things I hadn’t done before, from electronics to math proofs and even computer programming. This breadth of areas sparked many interests in me that I didn’t know I had before. I began to see connections between these fields of study that I wanted to pursue. In my third year I had Professor Ioannis Haranas, who was very open to new ideas and wanted to take students on to help him in his research. We worked on papers (that were later published in peer-reviewed journals) in modified Newtonian gravity and the Poynting-Robertson effect. This was exactly what I was looking for; I was finally contributing to science. I also took on a fourth-year thesis project with Professor Ian Hamilton on using computer simulations on Carbon Quantum dots. This joined several of my passions: physics, technology and computer science. I completed my Master of Science in experimental and computation condensed matter physics at the University of Western Ontario and am currently finishing my Master of Engineering."

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