Celebrating Excellence

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Celebrating Excellence


Michelle Przedborski, MSc student Physics
Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award
Graduate supervisor: Dr. Kirill Samokhin

Michelle’s research story

I have had a fantastic experience here at Brock from every angle. I have been able to get involved in interesting and important research projects, and my current research focuses on the theoretical aspects of superconductivity. Superconductors are very interesting materials with many technological applications.

In addition to their current use in MRIs, NMR spectrometers, and particle accelerators, potential applications of these materials include high speed superconducting levitation trains, and their implementation into the world’s electrical power grid could help sustain the world’s increasing power needs. Of course, to harness these potential benefits, we must understand from a theoretical perspective how these materials work and thus how to manipulate them.

In my time as a graduate student, I have also published multiple papers, and attended international conferences to give presentations about my research. These conferences have also given me the opportunity to meet students and faculty at other universities, and get a glimpse into the research that is being conducted elsewhere.

Graduate Awards and the Brock experience

Receiving recognition means the world to ambitious researchers and students, and scholarships and awards are important for a multitude of reasons. First, they remove the financial stress associated with attending University, allowing one to focus completely on doing the things they love. These prestigious awards also open doors to future opportunities, and I know that having these awards on my CV will help me stand out from other applicants when I am entering the workforce, giving me a better chance to fulfill my dream of becoming a University professor.

To me, there is another level of importance associated with these awards that is perhaps sometimes overlooked. Receiving scholarships admits awareness to aspiring researchers that someone out there believes in them. This is so important because this awareness only reinforces confidence in their abilities, which further gives the motivation to continue down the path to success, and so in a sense these awards are like self-fulfilling prophecies.

It’s an amazing thing to stand here today and know that all of the effort I have put into my research and coursework have not gone unnoticed. And for all of the students here today, I hope that what you take away from this reception is that you are all appreciated for the contributions you have made as researchers, as students and as mentors. Let this appreciation drive you to continue to work hard to reach your goals, and help others reach their goals as well.

For each student here today, this is just the beginning of a long successful journey, perpetuated by the support of the faculty and staff at this university, and by the generosity of the donors here today.


Michelle Przedborski, right, with Jennifer Brant and Kevin McDonald
Graduate Student Award Winners

Michelle Przedborski, right, with Jennifer Brant and Kevin McDonald