Participating in the Outstanding Scholars program has been a highlight of his time at the University of Windsor, says Jason Duic.
A fourth-year student in civil engineering, he was one of this year’s class of graduating Outstanding Scholars honoured at a luncheon Monday in Katzman Lounge. The program gives top students scholarship support and an opportunity to work directly with faculty on academic projects, from research to administrative functions.
Duic worked in the structures lab with professor Sreekanta Das, testing the strength of concrete formations.
“It was really cool,” he says. “It’s nice to get to know the faculty better. The Outstanding Scholars program gave me some one-on-one time with the instructors.”
Luke Robert Norman, an electrical engineering major, is interested in pursuing a career in green energy once he graduates this summer. He said his experiences, working with a number of researchers, is helping him to find a path.
“It was very eye-opening and taught me that continuing in research isn’t for me,” Norman says. He has a position waiting for him at the firm where he served a co-op term. “Working in the labs helped me to be up on all the latest developments.”
Monday’s luncheon gave instructors and administrators an opportunity to congratulate the graduates and hear their plans for the future. A number are looking to continue their studies in graduate or medical school, while others, like Norman, are preparing to start their professional careers.