Nicolas Zdunich Awarded Thompson Rivers Co-op Student of the Year

Nic Zdunich is no stranger to success when it comes to co-op employment. Having completed five co-op terms ranging from working for the Canadian government to communicating nuclear physics to the non-physicist, Nic’s resume is made up of interesting and diverse experiences. He was recognized as the Thompson Rivers University 2016 Co-op Student of the Year for his joint work term in the IsoSIM (Isotopes in Science in Medicine) NSERC-CREATE program and the Life Sciences Division at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science .

Nic’s co-op co-supervisor, Monika Stachura, IsoSIM project coordinator at TRIUMF, nominated him for the position. “Nic is a natural at what he does. He is extremely positive,” said Monika. “Whenever you come to him with a problem, he will come up with a solution. He will just get it done – you can rely on him.”

“Nic believes you get out of things what you put into them and this award is a wonderful way to celebrate the sort of contributions Nic puts forward,” said Lisa Lambert, TRIUMF’s Head, Strategic Communications. “This award is a testament to Nic’s willingness to tackle challenges, his commitment to collaboration, and his dedication to consistently do remarkable work.”

Nic made significant contributions to the communications efforts for the IsoSiM program. With this, he played key roles in rebranding the program and coming up with its new “Choose your story” tagline, as well as developing the program’s refreshed website.

Applause for Nic’s constructive attitude and commitment to learning isn’t isolated to TRIUMF. "Nic is one of those rare co-op students who comes into co-op with a highly developed skill set and a willingness to learn, explore and excel at every co-op opportunity he pursues,” said Marion Oke, who was Nic’s co-op advisor during his time at Thompson Rivers University. “Nic approached every work term with energy, enthusiasm and confidence. Early on in the work term, Nic would demonstrate his initiative, share his ideas and bring a can-do attitude to any project or task he was asked to do.”

Having completed his undergraduate studies at Thompson Rivers University in spring 2016, Nic is currently the Strategic Communications Associate at TRIUMF.

Nic is not the first TRIUMF co-op student to receive this honour from his alma mater. Carlee Poleschuk, another former TRIUMF Life Sciences Division co-op student received this award in 2015. Clearly, co-op students looking for a successful term know where to apply!

Monika Stachura