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Alex Landry ('17)
First-year physics student Alex Landry was honoured as the 2013 recipient of the Luke Santi Memorial Award for Student Achievement.

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics chose Landry from a field of national candidates.

Originally from Moncton, NB, Landry says he is very interested in the big ideas of modern physics and is considering a career in theoretical physics or medicine. He is currently involved as the first-year physics rep at Mount Allison and spends a lot of time volunteering at the local hospital and shadowing in the ER.

This experience builds on two medical research projects he previously worked on at the Moncton Hospital, investigating the documentation of patient information upon hospitalization and examining the treatment of patients who had suffered fragility fractures in an attempt to better diagnose and treat osteoporosis.

Landry hopes to continue this research path at Mount Allison.

“Mount Allison’s small size and the access it provides to professors and research are some of the reasons I chose to come here,” says Landry. “Its national reputation as a strong academic institution added to that. I have absolutely no regrets.”

Landry says being invited to the visit Perimeter was a “pretty amazing” experience.

“I’ve always wanted to visit Perimeter. I’ve been interested in theoretical physics since I was pretty young and I knew this was the place where it happens.”

The Luke Santi Memorial Award for Student Achievement is presented annually at the Perimeter Institute to a Canadian university physics student who demonstrates academic performance, interest in science, extracurricular activities, and volunteering.

Photo credit: Gabriela Secara