Congratulations to the 2017 gold medalist Nora Nahornick

Faculty of Science gold medalist Nora Nahornick tells us about her University of Alberta experience, future plans, and advice for current and incoming students.

Katie Willis - 21 June 2017

Each year, the Faculty of Science recognizes those graduates with outstanding academic achievements and community contributions. For the class of Spring '17, we are pleased to celebrate Nora Nahornick, recipient of the Faculty of Science Gold Medal winner for highest academic distinction in a specialization program.

Nahornick graduated from the BSc program in mathematics and inance. This interdisciplinary program is offered by the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in collaboration with the Alberta School of Business. A degree in Mathematics and Finance prepares students for careers in the financial and risk industries, as well as for graduate studies in quantitative finance.

What has been your most memorable experience at the Faculty of Science?

My passion for mathematics changed when I sat in Math 214 taught by Christoph Frei. My interest, grown from a single course, led the way to continuing onto graduate studies and my aspiration to pursue financial mathematics.

My university experience has been shaped by meeting inspiring professors, being mentored by Dr. Frei, and having the opportunity to work on projects at the University of Alberta and beyond. Summer research gave me the opportunity to participate in conferences, explore interesting topics in mathematics, and gain a skill set that would not have been possible otherwise.

What is next for you after graduation?

Next year, I will be attending the University of Toronto, where I will pursue a doctoral stream masters program in economics.

What advice do you have for your fellow students in the Faculty of Science?

I have three pieces of advice for students: get to know your professors, get involved on campus, and start research as early as possible!

My university experiences have been broadened through volunteerism and activism. My biggest personal achievement has been my involvement with University of Alberta Women in Science and Engineering (UA-WiSE). Being involved in a variety of causes on campus has been one of the most rewarding experiences as I have had the opportunity to see the tangible differences made in the community.