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physCAP Career Events

The physCAP Career Events are designed to give students a sense of what opportunities exist for students with the analytical and quantitative skills that are developed during an undergraduate physics degree program.

Open to 3rd and 4th year students in Physics Majors, Specialist and Joint Specialist programs.

physCAP Career Event
Physics Careers Outside Academia

Hear from a panel of physics alumni who used their physics degrees in ways you may never have thought of!

Wed, Feb 2, 2022
Registration is now closed!
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Alumni Panelists:

Brian Bi
C++ library engineer
BSc (2014) - Major Physics, Major Chemistry

Brian Bi's interest in particle physics since an early age led him to study physics as an undergrad at U of T, but he later realized that trying to pursue a research career in this subfield wasn't the right choice for him. Brian has worked as a software engineer at Google on the Google Scholar team and at Citadel Securities, one of the world's largest high frequency trading firms. During his career, Brian has met several colleagues who also majored in physics. Brian believes that a physics education helps students develop excellent problem solving skills that can be applied to a wide variety of professions and has some tips for students who are curious about software engineering careers.

Jen Hoecht
VP Operations – Strata Health Solutions
HBSc (1999) – Physics (Major), Mathematics (Minor), Political Science (Minor)

Jen has worked in software since graduating, holding roles at a variety of levels and across different sectors. Her current role is responsible for teams that implement and support an application catering to the healthcare sector, which astonishingly rivals astronomy in its fondness for acronyms. The skills learned in the physics undergrad come in handy in a bunch of indirect ways – troubleshooting, analysis, problem solving, preference for elegant solutions – that have served well throughout her career.

Dylan Trotter
Founding Partner, Bit Complete
BSc (2005) Physics, University of Toronto

Dylan Trotter has worked in software development for over 20 years in domains from computer graphics, to programming language compilers, to web applications. Originally from the GTA, he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 10 years where he learned to build teams and scalable software at YouTube and Thumbtack. Now he’s back in Toronto where he co-founded Bit Complete, a consultancy with a mission to help startups and technology companies build great software. Throughout this journey the problem solving and communication skills he developed while working on his physics degree have played a big role in every project in which he’s been involved.

Samantha Mauti
Meteorologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada.
BSc (2013) – Major Physics, Major Physical Geography, Minor Math
Post-Grad Certificate (2014) - Meteorology

While studying for her BSc at U of T, Samantha developed a deep curiosity and passion for the Earth and atmosphere. A background in Physics and Math is needed to help understand the atmosphere’s complexity. Samantha deepened this understanding after completing a certificate in Meteorology at York. In 2014, she began working as an Operational Meteorologist at The Weather Network. More recently, in August of 2021, Samantha moved to Edmonton Alberta, where she works for Environment and Climate Change Canada as a Meteorologist within the Canadian Meteorological Aviation Centre.

physCAP Professional and Graduate School Event

Hear from a panel of physics alumni who pursued professional or graduate degrees after their Bachelor degrees

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When asked what they learned/gained from the career event, participants said....

  • Gained more confidence about their degree
  • Learned how to start a job in finance field, how physics can be applied, what kind/level of job to look for
  • Learned about possible career paths in physics and how to apply for them
  • Learned that an education in physics gives you many skills and attributes that are coveted by people in many fields
  • Learned how diverse a career a physicist can have and how unbounded the options are

Next Event: Fall 2022

Preparing your Graduate School Application
Open to 3rd and 4th Year Physics Students

In this two-part workshop, you will learn about

  • Determining which graduate schools to apply to
  • Messaging potential supervisors (and getting a response)
  • Creating a document to track deadlines, application requirements, and more
  • Obtaining quality reference letters
  • Writing a personal statement and grad school resume
  • What the university does with your application once they receive it (Joseph H. Thywissen Associate Chair for Graduate Studies)

Photos of Speakers from the years 2016-2020

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