Prize Recipient

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Lauren E. Hayward
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics


"For developing outstanding educational resources that are distributed free to physics teachers in 130 countries, for fostering an international peer-to-peer teacher training network, and for delivering inclusive and inspiring educational programs to students around the world."


Dr. Lauren Hayward is the Associate Director of Training Programs at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. Lauren works within the field of computational quantum matter physics, and her research interests involve using numerical methods to study phases of quantum many-body systems. She develops academic and outreach programs, and has taught courses in statistical mechanics, condensed matter theory and machine learning. With Perimeter’s Educational Outreach team, she develops programs for students and teachers, combining cutting-edge science with best practices in pedagogy. She is also the co-host of the podcast "Conversations at the Perimeter", where she interviews scientists working to unravel the mysteries of the universe. She received her BSc in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Manitoba in 2011, followed by an MSc in 2012 and a PhD in 2017, both of which are from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute.