Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University student to study at TRIUMF Research Facility

  Posted on: April 4, 2008

Samantha Lloyd, an undergraduate student from Thompson Rivers University, will be one of only five students selected from regions across the country to have the matchless opportunity to work and learn among the world-leading researchers at Vancouver-based TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.

“I could not be more excited,” said Samantha who is studying general physics at Thompson Rivers University. “This is an incredible opportunity to learn from international scientists who are at the frontiers in their field. Having access to TRIUMF’s facilities will enable me to significantly advance my studies and make meaningful contributions to the ongoing research of how the world was born.”

Samantha did an eight month Co-Op term last year with TRIUMF’s scientists studying how stars evolve, where the precious metals came from, and how this knowledge can lead to improved medical isotopes.

In addition to working with internationally-renowned scientists in their field, each of the five students will be assigned a research project which was chosen with consideration of his or her stated interests; Samantha will be working on a project titled “Proton and Neutron Irradiation”.

All five students are compensated during their four-month internship and are also eligible for a $2,000 scholarship upon satisfactory completion of the work term report.

This year marks TRIUMF’s eighth consecutive year of offering the Summer Research Awards program to students. “TRIUMF is thrilled to be providing students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in the field of physics” said Nigel Lockyer, Director of TRIUMF. “We strongly believe in the investment of education and look forward to working with Samantha this summer.”


TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. Based in Vancouver, the facility is a world-class physics research facility. TRIUMF hosts scientists from around the globe who conduct fundamental research in advanced materials, life sciences, particle and nuclear physics to understand the building blocks of our world. TRIUMF is funded through a contribution via the National Research Council Canada with support from the Province of British Columbia and commercialization of research at the facility. It is jointly operated by seven Canadian universities, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, Carleton University, l’Université de Montréal, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, University of Victoria.