Physics PhD Graduate, Steven Large, Awarded Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal

September 01, 2022

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Science, Dr. Steven Large is being recognized at this year’s convocation with the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal

The Department of Physics is proud to announce PhD Graduate, Dr. Steven Large as a recipient of the prestigious Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. The Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal is awarded to one student from each faculty and recognizes graduating students with CGPA in the top five per cent of their class.

Dr. Steven Large came to SFU from the University of Guelph, where he completed his B.Sc. Honours in Nanoscience and graduated at the top of his class, receiving the Guelph University 2015 Nanoscience Graduation Medal. To top it all off, Dr. Large’s hard work during undergrad earned him an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship to start off his graduate career.

As Dr. David Sivak’s first PhD student, Dr. Steven Large set the bar high, receiving many SFU Physics Awards for his academic excellence, including two of SFU Physic’s top graduate awards: Yhe Billy Jones Graduate Award in Physics, as well as the Dr. Howard Malm Graduate Award in Physics. Throughout his graduate degree, Dr. Large attended many conferences across North America, as well as the Telluride School for Theoretical Chemistry by the Telluride Science Research Center.

Under the supervision of Dr. Sivak, Dr. Large’s research worked in collaboration with experimental biophysics researchers at the University of California, Berkeley to apply the theoretical to the experimental.  On top of his stellar academic record, Steven’s research in Theoretical Statistical Mechanics and Biophysics resulted in five first author publications.

As a Theoretical Biophysicist, Dr. Large worked on modeling physics of strongly fluxuating nanoscale systems. His doctoral thesis, Dissipation and control in microscopic nonequilibrium systems work was motivated by the efficiency found in biological molecular machines, which are protein complexes that convert between different forms of energy and perform essential functions in cells.

Dr. Large found his expert knowledge of statistical mechanics and stochastic processes translated well to the financial world, and was quickly acquired by Viewpoint Investment Partners in Calgary, Alberta as a Data Scientist.

The Department of Physics sincerely wishes Dr. Large congratulations for this tremendous achievement and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.