Ryerson Faculty of Science - 5th Anniversary - 27

Hard Work and
Engagement Lead
to a New Career

Role
Model

Jill Padgett gained the
edge she needed to
make a career switch

celebrates all-round achievement
and contribution.
Looking back, Padgett says Ryerson offered
her lots of support as a mature student. "When
I first started, there was a lot of mathematics
that I had forgotten and the professors were very
supportive when I had questions." In particular,
she credits her thesis supervisor, Dr. Silvana Ilie:
"She spent so much time and energy ensuring
I was successful at Ryerson. She provided me
with solid mathematical training and support
throughout the research; and then provided me
opportunities to present my research."
Today, having graduated from Ryerson with
a master's in Applied Mathematics, Padgett
works in Toronto as a risk management
associate at a major Canadian bank. She
credits the rigorous education and engagement
opportunities at Ryerson in helping her
successfully transition to her new career.

PHOTO BY MIKE FORD

Jill Padgett

Faculty of Science

Department of
Mathematics

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JILL PADGETT'S STORY ILLUSTRATES the
transformative power of education. "I came in
as a mature student," says Padgett (MSc '15),
explaining she arrived at Ryerson in 2013 with
three undergraduate degrees (two in science
and one in teaching) and considerable work
experience. But she also carried a burning
desire to change careers.
Having selected the mathematics degree
as her springboard, Padgett quickly involved
herself not just in compelling interdisciplinary
thesis research, but a string of extra-curricular
involvements. "I was quite active in the
Science Rendezvous, GRADCafé and as a
graduate assistant. I did a lot of volunteering
and was very engaged."
Padgett also received a list of scholarships
and awards, most notably the Ryerson
University Gold Medal in 2015. The
university's highest award, the medal



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