Vincent Chalifour - 2019 Winning Essay

When I was younger, I always had a passion for mathematics, but life made me enter the job market at an early age. For ten years, I worked at Hydro-Québec, notably as a trainer, but I didn't feel accomplished enough. In 2008, I decided to go back to school in order to become a professor-researcher in mathematics. This professional reorientation will allow me to realize myself through my mathematical curiosity and to pass on this passion that is mine to my own students.

My plan of attack began with an intensive mathematical revision every morning before work. I then completed a bachelor's degree in mathematics (4.1/4.3), supplemented by an internship at the Quebec Electrical Research Institute. I am currently completing a master's degree in applied mathematics and computer science in surface theory at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières (4.3/4.3). In September 2019, I will begin my doctoral studies at the University of Montreal. My research project will find applications, in particular, in quantum mechanics. I have received eleven awards over the course of my academic career, including the Quebec Research Fund - Nature and Technology Fellowship.

I wrote a peer-reviewed scientific paper (2nd author) and made a scientific paper at an international conference in Italy in 2018. I am currently finishing the writing of a second article, of which I am the first author. I am also a member of the Graduate Program’s Committee of the Department of Mathematics. I'm getting closer and closer to my professional goal.