Master of Science graduate Alicia Anderson (BSc '20, MSc '22) has been recognized for her hard work over the last few years with the Silver Medal of Merit, Master of Science award. Her thesis, Development of the dispersing component for a cryogenic post-dispersed polarizing Fourier transform spectrometer, showcases her passion and dedication to her field. Alicia's passion for science shines bright when she discusses her work with her peers and shares her experiences with us.
What does this academic recognition mean to you?
This award was an acknowledgement of the hard work I have put in over the years. It is also a recognition of the quality of training I received from my supervisor.
What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience?
I saw the train bridge for the first time when I moved to Lethbridge. I had never seen a bridge that tall.
What is the most important lesson you learned during your time at ULethbridge?
To seize every opportunity for growth that comes your way. Even if you have in your mind exactly how you think your life will play out, circumstances change, and you have to be willing to change as well.
Is there someone specific who had an important influence on your ULethbridge experience?
Professor David Naylor was integral to all of my success. I was lucky to have met him.
What are your hopes/plans for the future?
I plan on completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge, studying astrophysics. After which, I hope to work towards a faculty position somewhere.
What advice would you give those about to begin their journey at ULethbridge?
You get out what you put into your courses. Even if there is a class you don't enjoy, do your best to learn something from it.
Alicia's words of wisdom to new graduate and undergrad students are foundational in building your experience in academia and setting yourself up for future careers or grad school. There is always something to learn or take away from each experience. We at ULethbridge know that Alicia will excel in her PhD program at the University of Cambridge. We can't wait to see what other amazing things she will accomplish in her field.
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