From Jan 2011 to Dec 2012, I was a Master’s student at the McGill Department of Physics. The two years I spent at McGill were nothing short of amazing. In addition to a lot of practical learning and fun, I was also involved in interesting research and had great teaching opportunities, I leaped at the opportunity of becoming involved in many other things around campus such as Sustainability efforts and the Badminton team.
As I write this, Jan 2013 is winding to a close. I have recently resumed meetings with my former Master’s supervisors. Why, you might ask, would I do that? Well, I have worked very hard on two major directions of research during the last two years. One of them involved, for the most part, relatively simply signal analysis programs that could in theory be picked up rather easily by anyone interested in the subject in the future. The other is much more complicated, involving many different aspects of analysis, and several thousand lines of computer code spread across dozens of different programs. While both of these were written up into my thesis, the second topic seems like it will be an excellent candidate for a publication.
A bit more effort from me now should allow this publication to proceed and give quantum dot scientists another useful tool for future work. So, in addition to looking around for jobs and opportunities, I am also continuing my physics work. Luckily for me, I have a wonderful partner who I can rely on during this transition time, so money isn’t as large of an issue as it would be otherwise.
So far, I thoroughly enjoy being something akin to a modern day gentleman scientist.