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Minya Bai

Graphic Designer

Hey! I am a first year in the faculty of science who has no idea what she’s doing with her life. I have yet to decide exactly what to do after university, but I really love math and physics which is what I am most likely going to double major in. I also have an eye for art and design. I paint, sketch, knit, crochet, etc. (the list goes on) which is why I was glad to be able to help out with organizing the 2019 CUPC as it allows me to combine my interests of art and science. I think research is really cool and I am really interested in space, so I might go into research as well, who knows! Anyways, I am really looking forward to helping organize this event and I can’t wait to learn about your research when you come to Montreal next fall!

Antoine Belley

Finance Coordinator

I am a U2 (third-year) honours physics and math student who is aiming to pursue a career in theoretical physics, probably in particle physics to be precise. When I’m not studying or investigating the fundamental nature of neutrinos in my lab, you’ll most probably find me singing with one of my choirs, hiking, backcountry skiing or, let’s be real, napping.  Finally, a “fun” fact about me is that I was charged at by a grizzly bear last summer while I was hiking in Jasper after CUPC 2018 – I had to pepper spray it in order to make him go away and make it to the campground!

Tessa Condon

Programming Coordinator

I’m a U2 in the majors physics program with a minor in computer science. I started off at McGill in the environmental program but decided to switch to physics after an interesting Energy and the Environment class within the physics department. The past few summers, I’ve been working as a camp counselor instead of getting a real job, so my research experience is nonexistent, but next summer, I’m looking for research involving the sustainable energy applications of nanotechnology. I’m very excited to be working as part of the CUPC team!

Sarah Christensen

Sponsorship Coordinator

I’m a first year student at McGill University pursuing a degree in physics. I’m originally from Toronto, but I spent my high school years in Canberra, Australia with my family. My interest in physics began with astronomy in year 9 science class and has since grown to a broader appreciation and general curiosity about the physical world. During my gap year, I had the opportunity to work in the lab of Dr. Elena Ostrovskaya at the Australian National University, working on experimental and theoretical studies of strong light-matter interactions in semiconductor microcavities. Aside from university, I love playing hockey, spending time with my dog and drinking tea.

Marco Di Francesco

Web Designer

Hey Everyone! I’m a U2 Physics major and I’m minoring in German Language. I’m also taking mandarin courses on the side because why not? And before you ask, yes, I mix up my words all the time. I love otters, caramel, video games, Avatar: The Last Airbender, dabbing (yes, I know it’s a dead meme, that’s why it’s so funny), and Betty White. Although physics is hard, I love it. I could use a semester without weekly lab reports though... Also, I met some pretty rad people in the program (<3) and I’m really excited to be working with them for CUPC 2019!


Thomas Hardy

Social Coordinator

Hey, my name is Thomas Hardy and I’m one of the coordinators for the social events of CUPC 2019. I am a third year physics major at McGill and I’m from Brazil. I got interested in physics because of a teacher in high school who showed me how amazing and interesting this field could be, particularly astrophysics. I joined the CUPC committee because I think it is important for undergraduate physics students to understand what is out there for them, be it in research, potential grad schools or even working in the private sector. I am extremely excited to be able to organize and host this conference at McGill and I hope to see you all there.

Sarah Fairbrother

Logistics Coordinator

Hi! I’m U1 in the joint major physics and computer science program. I’m really excited to be a part of CUPC and to hear about all the different topics in physics being researched by undergrads like myself! I’m not really sure in which field I would like to specialize but as of now I find particle physics (and really anything on the quantum scale) to be super interesting. Not related to physics - I like to play tennis, listen to music and hang out with friends!! I grew up in Toronto and have been living in Montreal since I started at McGill last year. And most importantly, I have the same birthday as Sir Isaac Newton.

Elisa Jacquet

Logistics Coordinator

I’m a French and Spanish student at McGill, currently in an honours physics program set to graduate in June 2020. With this, I hope to be able to work in research later on - I have not yet quite decided which fields I prefer, although astrophysics is a very strong contender for the moment. When I don’t have assignments or midterms to study for, I love to read, dance, play the piano, and hang out with my friends. I also spend a lot of my time out of the classroom participating in the McGill Rocket Team and working on research with a professor on exoplanets. I’m very excited to be part of the CUPC team because I believe it is an amazing opportunity for students to meet, share interests, and learn more about potential career and research paths for their future.

Katie Simzer

Accommodation Coordinator

I started my undergraduate degree at McGill in the fall of 2016 after graduating from high school. Currently, I am a U2 student with a joint major in Atmospheric Science and Physics and a minor in Computer Science. Last summer I received a student research award at UOIT working with Professor Greg Lewis using the equations of motion to determine the shape of convection rolls in a stratified atmosphere. At the moment, my research interests are anything related to atmospheric physics, climate, or astrophysics. In my spare time, I enjoy doing yoga, playing my flute and violin, hiking, and taking trains everywhere I can (since trains are the most superior mode of transportation!!).

Leslie Unger

Sponsorship Coordinator

Hey guys! This is my first year at McGill (U1) doing a joint major is physiology and physics. I hope my interest in life-sciences and physics will bring me to a future career in biomedical physics. I’m beyond passionate to research innovative ways to better human health care with my love for physics! Cannot wait to see all the amazing research that has been done by physics undergraduate students all over Canada!  I’ve lived in Montreal my entire life, and my love for this city is unmatched. I’m so excited for CUPC to be hosted in this gorgeous metropolis that I get to call home. P.S. One great thing about Montreal is the FOOD. So please, if you come to Montreal trying new places to eat is a MUST!!

Thomas Vandal

Social Coordinator

I am a second year physics student. I was born in Shawinigan, a small town in Quebec, and I have lived in Montreal since 2017. My main field of interest in physics is astrophysics. I also think that the role of AI and new technologies in fighting climate change is a very interesting field. So far, I have done two internships. During the first one, I was working with photonic integrated circuits at AEPONYX, here in Montreal. The second one was at the Institute for research on exoplanets (University of Montreal), where I was testing the possibility of using Gaussian processes to remove stellar noise from Doppler spectroscopy measurements. In my free time, I am a soccer referee at the provincial level, and I enjoy long-distance running. I also like to explore Montreal, which is still relatively new for me!

An Vuong

Lab Tour Coordinator

I am a U2 Honours Physics student at McGill University. I am originally from Vietnam and came to Canada for the first time three years ago. I believe that Physics plays a pivotal role in every technological innovation, and I want to pursue a career in experimental Physics, ambitioning to make an impactful contribution to the advancement of science and technology. That being said, my research interests include, but are not limited to, Condensed Matter Physics, Material Sciences and Applied Physics in Medicine. I joined the CUPC 2019 planning committee with a mission to disseminate the knowledge of physics across Canada and make cutting-edge discovery accessible to all my peers. For such reasons, I am joyful to see everyone here in Montreal for CUPC 2019 and wish you all the best of luck in pursuing your research and career later on.

Yilin Wang


I am a third-year physics student at McGill University. My most recent research experience has been my work as a summer student in an engineering physics lab at Queen’s University, under the supervision of Professor James Fraser. The main topics of my research are additive manufacturing (AM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), on which I had the opportunity to present at CUPC in 2018. The 19 years of my life have been spent in China, Canada, and New Zealand. Aside from my major in physics, I am also pursuing a minor in Russian literature. Things I love (almost) as much as physics are Dostoyevsky, dogs, coffee, horology, fitness, the colour black, and filling up pages in my passport.

Alessia Woolfe

Publicity Coordinator

Hello! Unlike the others here I am not pursuing a major in physics – to be honest, I’ve changed my major so many times that not even I am sure what I’m in. I am currently in third-year Cognitive Science with a minor in math, but previous majors have included physics and computer science. A field that I am very interested in is the applications of computer science in physics. Despite my indecision I retain a deep love of physics and I am pumped to be part of the CUPC team! Other hobbies of mine include playing saxophone and piano, dancing, cooking, eating, running, and crying over my broken code. I can’t wait to see you all at the conference!

We hope to see you at CUPC 2019!