UWinnipeg students earn chemistry prizes

Two UWinnipeg students have been recognized for their efforts in the field of chemistry.

Both Alannah Hallas and Arzoo Sharma have worked with researcher and UWinnipeg professor Dr. Chris Wiebe of the Department of Chemistry; Dr. Wiebe is also the Canada Research Chair in Quantum Materials Discovery (Tier II) at the University of Winnipeg.

“I am very proud of the talented students that I am fortunate enough to work with,” commented Dr. Wiebe.  “They all started as undergraduates at the University of Winnipeg and have come so far in their careers.”

Alannah Hallas, a graduate student working with Professor Wiebe

Alannah Hallas, a graduate student working with Professor Chris Wiebe

Graduate student Alannah Hallas recently won a Best Poster prize at the International Conference for Neutron Scattering in Edinburgh, Scotland.  This conference attracted nearly 1,000 participants from all around the world and highlighted recent developments using particles called neutrons to investigate matter.  Alannah recently defended her MSc thesis from the University of Manitoba and is now a PhD candidate at McMaster University as of September.  She is a former University of Winnipeg BSc graduate and recipient of the Gold Medal.

 

Arzoo Sharma, an undergraduate student currently working with Professor Chris Wiebe

Arzoo Sharma, an undergraduate student currently working with Professor Chris Wiebe

Arzoo Sharma, an undergraduate student currently working with Professor Chris Wiebe, has won the Best Undergraduate Poster at the Manitoba Materials Conference.  This meeting occurs every year at the University of Manitoba through the Manitoba Institute for Materials.  Arzoo’s project involved the investigation of new materials that seem to defy the third law of thermodynamics at low temperatures.   The synthesis of her compounds and her measurements were all made at the University of Winnipeg’s PRIME lab (The Prairie Research Institute for Materials and Energy).

Professor Chris Wiebe of the Department of Chemistry is the Canada Research Chair in Quantum Materials Discovery (Tier II) at the University of Winnipeg.

His CFI funded lab, PRIME, is located in the Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex.  His research website is http://quantummaterials.weebly.com/index.html

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