Paige Murphy from Campbell River is this year’s recipient of the Luke Santi Memorial Award for Student Achievement, presented by Perimeter Institute.
Murphy hails from Carihi Secondary School, and she is in her first year studying science at the University of Victoria.
The Luke Santi Memorial Award is presented annually to a Canadian student who demonstrates high academic performance, interest in science, extra-curricular involvement, and volunteering. Paige has an incredible roster of achievements worth celebrating.
The award honours Luke Santi, a student at Resurrection High School in Kitchener, Ontario who volunteered with the Institute’s Outreach department and attended Perimeter’s International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP) in 2007. Later that year, he passed away at the age of 16 from brain cancer.
The award is presented annually to a Canadian student who demonstrates Santi’s many qualities – academic performance, interest in science, extra-curricular activities and volunteering – and has begun post-secondary education in a physical sciences program at a Canadian university.
Murphy is now in her first year studying science at the University of Victoria.
Among Murphy’s many academic achievements, she received the BC Science Counsel Award, given to the top grade 12 science student, and represented her high school at the Fermat Math Contest and the Physics Olympics at UBC. While attending Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River, Murphy was an active member of the school’s band and the Campbell River Children’s Choir. She has trained as a competitive gymnast for 11 years, and was also a member of the Carihi Recreational Soccer team.
In 2012, Murphy was recognized for her incredible volunteer and community service endeavours by being presented with the RCMP Citizenship Award. This award is given to a grade 12 student who most demonstrates community service and citizenship outside of a school environment.
Murphy has been active in volunteer trips to both Mexico and Kenya where she worked in orphanages and helped with various outreach activities in undeveloped areas. She has also volunteered with both the Salvation Army for local volunteer activities, as well as the Rotary Club International, to perform humanitarian tasks in the community and abroad.
About Perimeter Institute
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization located in Waterloo, Ontario working to advance our understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter, and information.