Congratulations to 2020 FYSRE recipients: Tiffany Matthé and Justin Lawrence

May 20, 2020
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Tiffany Matthé (left) and Justine Lawrence (right)

Every year, a few exceptional first year students are offered summer research opportunities through the Erich Vogt First Year Summer Research Experience Program. We would like to congratulate Tiffany Matthé and Justin Lawrence for receiving the 2020 FYSRE awards! 

FYSRE (pronounced phyzzer, as in physics) offers summer research experiences to budding academic stars after their First Year Physics courses. It is difficult for first year students to compete against more experienced upper year students for research opportunities, and FYSRE aims to give a few outstanding first year students research opportunities This award honours Dr. Erich Vogt (1929-2014), one of the most distinguished Canadian nuclear physicists of his generation - who strongly believed that first year students with a passion for physics deserve a chance. 

Congratulations both, and we look forwarding to hearing more from you about your research experiences soon!

2020 Recipients

Tiffany MatthéTiffany Matthé is working off-site with Dr. Sarah Burke (Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute), whose research focuses on understanding important electronic and optoelectronic processes in a wide range of materials from the atomic scale up. Tiffany is planning to enter Engineering Physics next year.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to engage in physics research after my first year of studies at UBC. Working with the LAIR group (Laboratory for Atomic Imaging Research) on atomic scale research has been an incredible experience and I look forward to learning more from these talented researchers."

Justin LawrenceDue to Covid-19, Justin Lawrence will be applying his 2020 FYSRE award in the summer of 2021. Justin just completed the Science One program, and plans to enter the physics program in his second year. 

"Coming into university, I never would have thought I could have had this kind of opportunity. I can't wait to work with and learn from some great physicists, and discover a little bit more about the universe along the way."

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