Celebrating the graduates of Fall 2021: Christopher Heggerud

Meet some of the amazing members of the graduating class of Fall 2021 from the Faculty of Science.

Andrew Lyle - 18 November 2021

Meet Christopher Heggerud, member of the class of Fall 2021 graduating with a PhD in applied mathematics.

Meet Christopher Heggerud, member of the class of Fall 2021 graduating with a PhD in applied mathematics

This year, the University of Alberta is celebrating the achievements of our graduates with a virtual convocation ceremony on November 19. As we acknowledge the achievements of our graduating class, we’re sharing just a few of the amazing stories of our graduates.

Meet Christopher Heggerud, graduating with a PhD in applied mathematics, and hear from him on the interpersonal connections forged in the Faculty of Science — and how they are interconnected with the critical research conducted by faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students.

Congratulations, Christopher! 

What led you to pick the University of Alberta for your studies?

Alberta and Edmonton have always been home to me. The choice to study at U of A depended on two key things. The reputation and quality of its research and the amazing people that make it happen. Of course, Edmonton is close to where I grew up, so it was nice to be back home.

Tell us about your experience in the Faculty of Science.

I had such a great time being a student in the Faculty of Science . I've made so many great friends, met so many interesting and smart people and have had some amazing interactions teaching undergraduate students. The amount of interesting and crucial research going in the faculty will always resonate in my mind and the willingness of staff and fellow graduate students to just meet and chat creates such a special environment that cultivates great science and friendships. 

I'm so thankful to have been part of the MathBio group. This led to so many wonderful opportunities to network at conferences all over the continent and to attend some very talks and seminars.

What is one of your favourite memories from your time at the U of A?

Some of the memories that stand out to me were the Mathbio, or Lewis Lab retreats. From canoe trips, cross-country skiing and tobogganing we always so much fun in the outdoors. 

What advice do you have for current and future students in the Faculty of Science?

Talk to people! Everyone is so friendly. You can learn so much by just chatting with someone outside of your field. For me, this led to some pretty great friendships, discussions and ideas for my research.

How have you spent your time during COVID-19 distancing?

Learning how to be a parent! Our twins were born right before the second wave. I also got really into mountain biking and disc golf. What great sports!

How do you plan on celebrating convocation?

With a couple of craft beers on the patio with my family.

What's next after graduation?

I'll be a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California - Davis for a while. Then I’ll be looking for some more permanent jobs in mathematical biology.