After spending a year as an AuPair in Würzburg, Germany, Sam has returned to his hometown, now as a PhD student in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at UW. His current research interests include Conversation Analysis, Second Language Acquisition, and Study Abroad. In his Masters Thesis he combined these three interests, analyzing the use of the German particle also from Canadian students studying in Germany. He is continuing this work as a research assistant on the Transcultural Encounters Project being conducted in his home department.
Sam received his BKI in Knowledge Integration from the University of Waterloo in 2013; for his Honours Thesis he compared native and non-native German speakers' perceptions of grammatical errors. In 2015, Sam completed his MA in Intercultural German Studies, a joint program between the University of Waterloo and the University of Mannheim in Waterloo.
Sam's other interests include reading, running, swimming, and music. He plays the cello and enjoys going to the opera. He also regularly competes for UW in lifeguard competitions around the province.