Mike Hamilton - Chemistry
There are many reasons students choose to study at UVic. For Mike Hamilton (chemistry), it was the friendly atmosphere, smaller class sizes and reputation of the co-op program. Through our co-operative education program (co-op), students alternate terms in class with paid work terms in positions related to their fields of study.
Mike was drawn to chemistry after interactions with the medical field, and he’s pursuing an interest in the pharmaceutical process. Now he’s completing his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Honours and taking part in UVic’s co-op program.
Undergraduate research experience
Mike says, “I’ve managed to do research co-op terms with two UVic professors, as well as an honours project with a third. Nowhere else would you have this opportunity to sample and do research in three different aspects of a field during your undergraduate degree.”
Of the UVic experience, Mike responds, “What stands out for me is the small class size and collegial atmosphere in the chemistry department. It’s possible by the end of your degree to be on a first-name basis with most professors in a department. This makes classroom interaction much more beneficial than at a larger institution.”
Student support: awards and scholarships
The chemistry and co-op programs have given Mike a competitive edge. He’s received scholarships to pursue research at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Through the co-op program he’s been able to achieve his goal of pursuing research in medicinal chemistry at the Centre for Drug Research and Development.
Mike has received numerous awards and scholarships throughout his time at UVic. When not busy doing research, he can be found climbing, reading, playing the saxophone or participating in a soccer match.