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Deanna Pineau - Physics and Astronomy

Deanna Pineau has always had an interest in space, and started her physics and astronomy undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria with a $26,000 UVic Excellence Award.

Deanna took part in co-operative education (co-op) during her degree, and spent exciting work terms at Science World in Vancouver, BC; the Joint Astronomy Centre in Hilo, Hawaii; the Space Physics unit at the University Of Calgary, AB; and the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, ON. Co-operative education integrates classroom and work place learning. Students alternate academic terms on campus with relevant, paid, full-time work experience.

She was selected to attend the opening ceremonies of the International Year of Astronomy in Paris, France, in 2009, and delivered a public lecture on the evolution of the universe in 2010. She kept busy as president of the UVic Physics and Astronomy Student Society, and graduated from UVic in April 2011 with a Combined Honours in Physics and Astronomy Bachelor of Science, with Distinction and Physics Co-op.

With her BSc behind her, Deanna will be heading to the Perimeter Scholars International Master’s program in theoretical physics. After her master’s degree is complete, Deanna intends to pursue a PhD and eventually become a professor/researcher in theoretical physics.

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