12 Feb 2020
Christopher Qiu is a 2019 Canada Student Merit Award winner. He achieved this award for obtaining the highest standing of his class in the fourth and final year of his degree. Here is a brief biography of the winner.
Christopher Qiu grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and earned his B.Sc. (Hons.) in chemistry and a minor in mathematics from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2019. Chris was the recipient of the University Medal of Excellence in Chemistry for academic achievement during his degree and was awarded the Lou Visentin Award from the Faculty of Science for being named to the Dean’s List for all four years of his degree.
During his time in chemistry, Chris had the opportunity to work as a research assistant with Dr. Yuming Zhao and Dr. Chris Flinn. With funding from awards such as the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) and MUN Faculty of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURA), he specialized in computational chemistry and its applications in physical organic chemistry, earning several publications. In his fourth year, he conducted his honours research in the computational determination of the energetics and the mechanism of the C-Si/B-Br exchange reaction. Chris has had the chance to present his research in numerous conferences including the Summer Organic Chemistry Conference on Everybody’s Research (SOCCER) at MUN (2017-2019), ChemCon 2018 and 2019, and the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition 2018.
Chris is currently in his first year of pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing the violin and the piano, and tennis.
Memorial University of Newfoundland