Rising stars

  • Brianna Thomas

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    Winter 2022

    Schulich Leader Brianna Thomas joins our Life Physics program

    Brianna Thomas was recognized as a Schulich Leaders Scholars, awarded to encourage the next generation of technology innovators. She was drawn to the Life Physics program and the University of Waterloo's innovative and experiential learning opportunities.


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  • Parshant (second from left) and the Wombo team

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    Winter 2022

    Mathematical Physics student uses Deepfake AI for viral smartphone app

    Mathematical Physics student Parshant Utam co-founded Wombo.ai, the artifical intelligence powered lip-synching smartphone app that has been downloaded over 50 million times. His company has attracted nearly $6 million (US) in seed funding.


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  • Jake Malliaros

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    Winter 2021

    Jake Malliaros

    The First Virtual Convocation Host for Science at UWaterloo

    University Convocation was a little different this year due to COVID-19 and the global pandemic. The Class of 2020 shared this important milestone with the Faculty, fellow graduates, friends and family at a live virtual celebration with Jake Malliaros, BSc ’20 (Honours Physics) as the first virtual Convocation host for the Faculty of Science.


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  • Bethany Bouchard, Tim Whittaker, Anya Forestell and Jyler Menard the creators of

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    Winter 2021

    Students take on physics problems with first annual Schrodinger’s Hack

    Exploring physics in a way that hasn’t been done before… The Schrodinger’s Hack hackathon will provide students with an opportunity to experience collaboration, gain new connections, test problem solving, and have fun doing physics. It will also encourage meaningful connections between industry and research leaders in physics and the students outside of the classroom environment.


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  • Ria working in the lab

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    Winter 2021

    Ria Chakraborty

    Ria Chakraborty, a 2A Mathematical Physics student, has a wide range of talents and interests ranging from the traditional and digital arts to quantum computing. Ria has been taking full advantage of the opportunities offered in Waterloo in research and in quantum startup culture.


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  • Martin working in the lab

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    Winter 2021

    Martin Le

    Martin has had quite the accomplished undergraduate career as he reflects on his experience in the Life Physics (Medical Physics Specialization) program at UWaterloo. Read about his contributions to groundbreaking research in real-time imaging of cancer cells during a tumour resection surgery, and his interests in the field of quantum optics.


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  • Joscelyn investigates a standing wave on a string

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    Spring 2020

    Joscelyn Van Der Veen

    Mike Lazaridis Scholarship in Theoretical Physics & Destination Physics Scholarship Winner

    Joscelyn Van Der Veen is a winner of the Destination Physics Scholarship, a donor funded award that enables Waterloo’s top undergraduate physics students to focus on learning and the pursuit of discovery. The scholarship will support Joscelyn’s interests in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics and her aspirations to perform research that will impact society.


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  • Justin Marchioni

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    Spring 2020

    Justin Marchioni

    Destination Physics Scholarship Winner

    Justin Marchioni is a winner of the Destination Physics Scholarship, which recognizes the top undergraduates in Physics and Astronomy. The award will support Justin’s career in Physics and his aspirations to study exoplanets and galaxies in graduate school.


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  • Zeel Patel (courtesy Brandon Sun)

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    Fall 2019

    Schulich Award Winner to study Physics at the University of Waterloo

    A self-proclaimed “toddler at heart,” Patel’s innate curiosity for uncovering the world’s mysteries influenced her with dreams of one-day becoming an astronaut.


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  • Sainath Motlakunta

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    Fall 2019

    Sainath Motlakunta wins UW Dean of Science Award

    The Dean of Science Award honours Master’s students in the Faculty of Science who demonstrate outstanding performance. Sainath Motlakunta, now a PhD student in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), was awarded the Dean of Science Award for Physics at the Spring 2019 Convocation.


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  • Anna Golubeva

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    Graduate student in a quest to learn how machine learning works

    Anna Golubeva, PhD student in theoretical condensed matter physics at U. of Waterloo, works in the group of Prof. Roger Melko who was recently awarded a prestigious Vanier fellowship


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  • Andrew Cameron

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    Spring 2019

    Quantum optics as a means to effective quantum communication

    Andrew Cameron investigates spatially structure light for quantum information purposes. Last fall, he was awarded a prestigious Vanier scholarship.


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  • Emily Pass looks through a telescope

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    Fall 2018

    Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy student wins co-op triple crown

    Emily Pass, now a fourth-year undergraduate co-op student in the department of Physics and Astronomy won faculty, provincial and national Co-op Student of the Year Awards in March 2018. This co-op triple crown award was given for the work Emily did developing a data analysis program that rapidly detects objects in the Kuiper Belt, a region of space beyond Neptune. Emily acknowledges her long term passion in Astronomy combined with Physics education  she obtained at Waterloo for her success leading to “wonderful opportunities and possibilities” for the future career growth.


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  • 5 of 6 2018 Vanier winners

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    Fall 2018

    Vanier Scholarship Success for our Graduate Students

    Out of the about 160 scholarships awarded each year nationwide over all fields, five of our students have been awarded in this funding round.


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