Germain’s quantum leap

14 Jul 2021
Germain Tobar
UQ physics graduate and Cambridge Australia Allen Scholarship recipient, Germain Tobar

University of Queensland physics graduate Germain Tobar was recently awarded the Cambridge Australia Allen Scholarship, which will see him heading to the University of Cambridge to complete a master’s degree in theoretical physics this October.

The program, run through Cambridge Australia Scholarships, is funded by private philanthropy, providing competitive scholarships to allow Australian graduates to undertake master’s and PhD studies at the esteemed English university.

Germain, a standout UQ Science Leaders Academy student, will be studying the Cambridge Master of Advanced Study (MASt) program in applied mathematics and theoretical physics.

“It is a one-year master’s level taught course with a broad range of courses in areas from pure mathematics to theoretical physics, but I will be focusing completely on the theoretical physics courses,” he said.

Germain said the proposition of studying abroad is just one small part of what makes this opportunity so exciting for him.

“I’m also excited to make new connections with people that have similar interests as well as learning about advanced topics in theoretical physics that could help me discover new interests and give me more knowledge and experience before I start my PhD.

“Of course, going to Cambridge to do this is very exciting as well, and I think it will be inspiring to study and live in a place with such a rich history – especially in physics.”

Upon completion of the master’s degree, Germain aims to continue pursuing a research career in quantum physics.

“After I’ve completed this course, I hope to start a PhD in quantum foundations and quantum information,” he said.

“I’m not sure where I’ll complete my PhD yet, but I want to pursue a research career working in both fundamental and applied quantum physics.

“I’d like to have a strong focus on fundamental physics, addressing key foundational questions as well as simultaneously helping in the development of quantum technologies.”

As part of the preparation process for his big move, Germain will soon meet with fellow Cambridge Australia scholars before they head off to the UK to begin the next exciting stage of their academic careers.  

“So far, I’ve only connected with a couple of the donors and one current Cambridge Australia scholar, but I’m excited to meet the others very soon and begin the process of getting to know one another before we kickstart our studies,” he said.

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