10th Annual Undergrad Research Winners

December 3, 2015  |   Found in News

In front of a crowd of 110, more than $20,000 was awarded to undergraduate researchers at a special ceremony last night. The winners of the 10th annual Students’ Union’s (SU) Undergraduate Research Symposium were announced in 14 different categories.  A team of more than 50 judges made up of faculty and staff from the University of Calgary had the difficult task of determining the best submissions.

During the ceremony, Dr. Douglas Hamilton, a former NASA flight surgeon from the Cumming School of Medicine, presented a keynote.  He shared his experiences. working at NASA, being the head physician at the Houston Astro Dome during Hurricane Katrina, and helping save the lives of 22 Chilean miners; all after completing a degree at the University of Calgary.

This year, 98 students shared their research through poster presentations in MacHall on Nov. 26. The symposium provided a great networking venue for student researchers and a chance to meet a number of professional researchers.  More than 200 members of the campus community took time to visit the symposium.

“The diverse array of projects provided a sample of the astounding quality of research undertaken by undergraduates across our campus” said the SU’s VP Academic Stephan Guscott.  “I’m extremely impressed by the work of these students, and I want to congratulate the award recipients and all the symposium presenters for their achievements.”

Dr. Hamilton, Keynote speaker.

Dr. Hamilton, BSc. MSc. MD, PhD, P.Engg, delivers his keynote.

Erika Friebe (left) Provost's award Motivation for the Integration of Social Entrepreneurship in Secondary Schools to Enhance Sanitation and Hygiene: An Experience From Rural Tanzania, with Students’ Union Vice President Academic, Stephan Guscott (right)

Erika Friebe (left) Provost’s award Motivation for the Integration of Social Entrepreneurship in Secondary Schools to Enhance Sanitation and Hygiene: An Experience From Rural Tanzania, with Students’ Union Vice President Academic, Stephan Guscott (right)

Philip Jan Surmanowicz (left) John Hickie award Cryptoccocus Subverts the Human Immune Response, with Students’ Union Vice President Academic, Stephan Guscott (right)

Philip Jan Surmanowicz (left) John Hickie award Cryptoccocus Subverts the Human Immune Response, with Students’ Union Vice President Academic, Stephan Guscott (right)

 

Full URS 2015 Winners List

Faculty of Arts (1 x $1,000)

  • Claire Ferguson

Cumming School of Medicine (4 x $1,000)

  • Medical Research MDRE – Chaitanya Biren Shah
  • Bio/Molecular Research MDBI – Asha Jessica Hollis
  • Pathology/Disease Research MDPD – Jessica Cao
  • Family/Community Health Research MDFH – Emily Macphail

Faculty of Science (3 x $1,000)

  • Pauline DeJesus
  • Cassandra Klune
  • Anish Arora

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1 x $1,000)

  • Kelsey Kearns

Faculty of Kinesiology (1 x $500)

  • German Eduardo Martinez

Werklund School of Education (1 x $1,000)

  • Maria Guadalupe Herrera

Office of the President (1 x $1,000)

  • Douglas Doyle-Baker

Office of the Vice-President (Research) (2 x $1,000)

  • Cynthia Thu Nguyen
  • Getanshu Malik

Graduate Students’ Association (1 x $1,000, 1 x $500)

  • Winner– Mark Lee
  • Runner up – Christine DeGagne

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Internationally-Focused Research (1 x $1,000)

  • Erika Friebe

Schulich School of Engineering (2 x $1,000)

  • Douglas Andrew Kondro
  • David Garrett

Sustainable Energy Development Graduate Program (1 x $1,000)

  • Amanda Brianna Josie Calleberg

The John Hickie Award (1 x $1,000)

  • Philip Jan Surmanowicz

SU Sustainability Fund (1 x $1,000, 1 x $500)

  • Winner – Maggie Leng
  • Runner Up – Jeremy Jordan Wong