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Paige Murphy is the 2012 Recipient of the Luke Santi Memorial Award

Paige Murphy from Campbell River, British Columbia is the 2012 winner of the Luke Santi Memorial Award for Student Achievement, presented by Perimeter Institute.


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 Luke’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.


This year’s recipient, Paige Murphy, is a former student of Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River, BC.

Paige Murphy, 2012 Luke Santi Memorial Award winner posing with her award and shaking the hand of Greg Dick, Perimeter Director of Educational Outreach,
Paige Murphy, 2012 Luke Santi Memorial Award winner, and Greg Dick, Perimeter Director of Educational Outreach.

She is now in her first year studying science at the University of Victoria. Among Paige’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 the University of British Columbia. While attending Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River, Paige 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, Paige 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. Paige 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 PI

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 

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