Valentina Mazzotti

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Affiliation: 4th year of a combined Honours degree in physics and computer science at the University of British Columbia (UBC)


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Hey everyone!

I am entering my 4th year of a combined Honours degree in physics and computer science student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. I was born and raised in Milan by a German mum and an Italian dad, so I have both citizenships, which is pretty cool!

After my first year at UBC, I had the opportunity to work as a researcher and software developer in the ARPES group of the Quantum Matter Institute of UBC. My passion for solid state and quantum physics motivated me to join the Quantum Pathways Program at UBC, which gave me the opportunity to do research in different domains of the field of solid state physics. Last summer (2022), I joined the Kaiser Group at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, which focuses on studying the ultrafast control of complex quantum materials. During my time there, I learnt a lot about advanced nonlinear optical methods such as ultra-broadband pump-probe spectroscopy. For the summer of 2023, I joined the Hallas Group at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (UBC) where my work will involve using an experimental and computational approach, specifically utilizing Density Functional Theory (DFT) combined with Monte Carlo simulations, to characterize deviations from perfect disorder and uncover new functional properties in high-entropy oxides. My interest in quantum materials goes hand in hand with a passion for sustainability, leading me to envision a future focused on the development and application of quantum materials and technologies to tackle climate science challenges. Besides physics, I’m passionate about anything outdoors, especially running, skiing, and hiking. But you will also find me playing the piano and reading novels and books whenever I have the time to do so.

As the social media lead of the SAC and an international student studying at UBC, my goal is to improve the digital presence of the SAC as well as increase the connection among physics students around Canada and plan exciting projects and activites for STEM students. Feel free to reach out to me for any project or idea!


Favorite Quote: “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” ― Richard Feynman