Chris Ni is a PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He hunts for the earliest signals heralding the birth of supernovae, from just a few hours to days after their explosion, in order to study their natal mechanisms. Chris received his Honors Bachelors of Science specializing in astrophysics from the University of Toronto. Aside from research, Chris often sets up his telescope on sidewalks around the city in order to share his enthusiasm for astronomy. Chris was featured in the Toronto Star in 2014 as one of the 5-person Canadian national team that won the International Olympiad for Astronomy and Astrophysics Team Competition in Romania.