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Science college students just love going to school
The top four graduating students in the Science College love school
unabashedly. With near-perfect GPAs, they have been bombarded with scholarships
and awards throughout their undergraduate careers, but thats secondary
to the rewards of knowledge.
Once you gain momentum, its easy to get high marks, she said. Past
success makes you motivated to maintain it.
Next year, Pohl will continue her research on drug addiction at Queens
Debiparshad, who will receive an honours degree in cell and molecular
biology this spring, was exposed to the sciences through his mother. When
he was a teenager, she was completing degrees in nursing and practiced
clinical procedures on him.
Though Debiparshad is attracted to the intellectual demands of research, his experiences as a peer tutor and a volunteer in schools and day care centres, among others, made him realize he needed to be around people.
Recently accepted into Mc-Gills medical school, he finds medicine
to be the ideal compromise. If youre in the lab all the time,
you contribute to society, but in medicine you can make a contribution
to individual people and to society.
The correlation between dance and math is perfectly logical to Farnesi.
For her thesis, she studied how math was used in dance notation, a written
language similar to musical notes.
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Zal Karkaria has a global perspective
Like many grad students, Zal Karkaria had difficulty coming up with a
thesis topic. The history masters student was interested in genocide
studies, but he also wanted to work in the country he studied. Bosnia
was still unstable; an internship in Somalia was unlikely.
Political machinations have always interested Karkaria. Next September,
he will be leaving academia behind to enter Canadas foreign service
as a visa officer. He had hoped to work on policy but, once again, he
finds that he will be more involved with the local population than he
The position will allow me to be face-to-face with people,
he said. Having interactions with the people will be really interesting
but much more stressful than sitting behind a desk in an office all day.
this summer. After that, the travelling aficionado and news junkie hopes
that his new job, and all those after it, will send him off to exotic
places around the globe.
Im very interested in working in foreign offices, he
said. I guess Ill always have an international perspective.
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Toula Tsifourdaris is flying high
Panagiota Tsifourdaris, known as Toula to her friends, carefully inspects
the airplane every time she flies. She examines the flaps, scrutinizes
the engine, and checks the wings. Its not for fear of flying, though.
Tsifourdaris is an aerodynamicist, a mechanical engineering PhD student
with a penchant for planes.
Its one of the greatest technological companies in the world,
said Tsifourdaris. Im proud to be there.
When she was hired, the company placed Tsifourdaris on the aerodynamic
design team and she was given the responsibility of designing a vane on
a new turbine engine. It was a great honour, but not without its share
Both her dissertation and the final design for the turbine component
were due the same week, which made for long hours and little rest.
However, with long-distance support from her parents and the guidance
of her supervisors, Georgios Vatistas and Wahid Ghaly, she got through
her winter workload, earned her PhD and is looking forward to taking on
the challenges of her new job.
Theres always so much to learn, she said. I love
being part of this industry. She is going back to Greece this summer
to visit her parents and give a
- Scott McRae
Photo by Robert Winters
Graduating art students get ready for their end-of-year show, opening
this weekend in the lobby of The Gazette at 245 St. Jacques St.