Last year, Science Borealis debuted the New Science Communicator series in collaboration with Science Atlantic and Canadian Science Publishing. We ran four outstanding posts by students who had won communication awards at one of the various Science Atlantic conferences in 2015-2016, covering everything from plant conservation to computational physics. All four posts can be found here, and if you missed them the first time they’re well worth a read!
Since the first series was a success, we are running a new season of the NSC series, this time with five posts from undergraduates in the physics and nanoscience programs at the University of Guelph. A science communication class was just added to the core physics and nanoscience curricula, and Science Borealis collaborated with Dr. Joanne O’Meara (who teaches the class) to give her students an opportunity to take their writing beyond the classroom. The class was unfortunately too large to run posts written by each student, so students pitched an article to one of our editors. The editor read all the pitches, provided some feedback, and chose five pitches for posts to run on the site. Over the next five weeks, we will run one of these posts each Wednesday.
But before we run their articles, let’s meet some of our newest contributors!
I am a recent graduate of the University of Guelph, obtaining a Bachelor of Science. I completed my degree with a major in Physical Science and a minor in Physics. I grew up as a member of a large Italian family in Brampton, Ontario, sharing with them, a passion for food, the environment, and of course, science.
My name is Yiorgio and I’ll be entering my 4th year in physics at the University of Guelph in the fall. I enjoy physics because of the significant philosophical aspects that often accompany the math. Though my interests lie in a variety of different fields, I plan to pursue a career in scientific communication. I am an avid cook, and enjoy sports, creative writing, and gaming in my free time.
Danielle St. Jean
Hi, my name is Danielle, I am an undergraduate physics student at the University of Guelph Physics Department. I hope to use my skills gained in physics to become an actuary specializing in analyzing financial risk. In my free time I love to hang out with my dog Lucy, and go hiking and camping!
My name is Kaitlin Williams and I’m an upcoming 4th year student at the University of Guelph. I greatly enjoy student life and after undergrad I look forward to living in interesting times. When not in the physics building, I like getting lost in the woods, petting dogs, and eating ice cream a little too often. I’d like to thank my family, classmates, professors, and Bill Nye for being a constant source of support and inspiration.