Grenfell physics students conquer summer job market

The entire third-year physics class at MUN's Grenfell campus has landed big-time summer research jobs.
On of the physics students at the Grenfell campus of Memorial University will be headed to the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, this summer. (Anja Niedringhaus/The Associated Press)

The entire third-year physics class at Memorial University's Grenfell campus has landed big-time summer research jobs.

Jessica Strickland won a research award, and will be heading to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland to study the large Hadron Collider,

She will be focusing on exploring the Higgs Boson.

Nathan Windsor is heading to the University of Toronto to study black holes and the Milky Way.

These two students make-up the entire third year class, because physics is still a very new degree program at Grenfell.

Strickland and Windsor will be the first-ever Grenfell students to graduate with physics degrees.

Instructor Doug Forbes said he's thrilled to see physics students going through a program at Grenfell, rather than having to seek their education elsewhere after some initial courses.

"Its absolutely fantastic," says Forbes.

"It's nice to have first year students, but you never get to see them blossom and go on and do stuff. But to watch these two go through has been really exciting."

He called these jobs "a real coup" for the two students.