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Jul 15, 2020

From Mars exploration to Earth conservation: alumni mentor Julius Lindsay helps physics students navigate career options

When asked how he developed an interest in physics, Faculty of Arts & Science alumnus Julius Lindsay laughs. “I was — am— a big Star Trek and Star Wars nerd,” he says. “I’ve always been interested in math and science, but Grade 8 was a watershed year for me.”

That year, his class participated in the Canadian National Marsville Program. Students studied space exploration and planned a trip to Mars, building models of habitats and human life-support systems. His group’s research topic was nuclear fusion, and he was fascinated by the crossover he observed between complex NASA reports and Star Trek. 

Lindsay’s interest in science led him to U of T, where he double majored in physics and mathematics as a member of New College, graduating in 2006. In 2017, he returned to U of T as an alumni mentor.  

“Coaching is one of my personal strengths, and I feel like I've gotten to the point in my career where I have valuable information to share,” he says. “I wanted to give back and also feel more connected to the school.” 

One piece of advice he gives to all his mentees — “just get your foot in the door” — stems from firsthand experience. His first job after university was a clerical job at the Ontario Realty Corporation, where he’d previously worked as a summer student. Little did he know, the role would be the catalyst for his career in climate change.

Read the full story from A & S News here:
https://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/news/mars-exploration-earth-conservation-alumni-mentor-julius-lindsay-helps-physics-students

More information on the Physics Mentorship Program can be found here:
https://www9.physics.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/physics-career/mentorship/