September 24 @ 10:24 pm

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The SU’s 17th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is happening this week. On Wednesday, we are hosting six different research workshops with topics like how to find research opportunities and even presentation techniques. On Thursday, we celebrate the undergraduate research award winners with an all-day drop-in event in MacEwan Hall.

Drop by any time beginning at 10:00 a.m. to see short presentations from across all faculties!

We wish to thank our keynote speaker, Penny Pexman, for opening the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium.


Penny Pexman is currently Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Calgary. Penny earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in 1998 and joined the University of Calgary the same year. Her research expertise is in psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience, and social-cognitive development. In broad terms, she is interested in how we derive meaning from language, and how those processes are changed by context or experience. Her research investigates several aspects of language understanding, ranging from lexical-semantic processes to figurative language. Penny has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters on those topics. An award-winning teacher, mentor, and researcher, Penny is an elected Fellow of both the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.




Full schedule of presenters:

End TimeNameAward NamePresentation
10:00AM10:05AMShaziah Jinnah
 Welcome Speech
10:05AM10:25AMPenny Pexman Keynote Address
10:25AM10:30AMShaziah Jinnah
 Awards Introduction
10:30AM10:40AMMuhammad AnsariSchulich School of
Engineering Award
Persistent-Post Concussion Symptoms Using Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping
10:40AM10:50AMEmily ChowFaculty of Science
Identifying signal
transduction pathways in breast cancer that contribute to bone metastasis.
10:50AM11:00AMBen ShiOffice of the
Vice-President Research Award
The Assessment of
Saccadic Eye Movements Post Stroke
11:00AM11:10AMGabriella Joyce
Faculty of Science
Precision Mass
Measurements of Exotic Nuclei with TITAN
11:10AM11:20AMClaire McPhersonCampus Mental Health
Strategy Award
The Prevalence of
Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation, and Suicide Attempts in Bulimia Nervosa: A
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
11:20AM11:30AMCeleste HolyDepartment of
Psychology Award
Global Changes in
Child and Adolescent Mental Health from Prior to During COVID-19 Pandemic
11:30AM11:40AMVishnu Shiv DhandaUndergraduate
Aspiring Innovator Award
Developing accurate
geometries to conduct effective analysis on 3D printed carbon fiber parts
11:40AM11:50AMCamille EamonVice-Provost Teaching
and Learning Award
The Link Between
Visuomotor Learning and Proprioceptive Impairments After Stroke
11:50AM12:00PMMunesah RahmanWerklund School of
Education Award
Changes in Students’
Written Communication of Strategies and Challenges with Iterative Board-Game
12:00PM12:10PMAlicia Carrie Broznyii’ taa’poh’to’p
Indigenous Strategy Award 
The responsibility of
higher education institutions: Retention factors of Indigenous students
12:10PM12:20PMDanielle GreenbergOffice of the Vice
Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) Award Runner-up
Modern Acedia and the
Concept of 'Oversaturation': Evidence from the Last 25 Years
12:20PM12:30PMIshaan CheemaUndergraduate
Aspiring Innovator Award
Current practices
regarding neuromuscular training warm-up programs in youth field hockey
12:30PM12:40PMEmily ChangOffice of the Vice
Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) Award
Mechanistic study of
a novel method of synthesizing a crucial drug scaffold – azetidine
12:40PM12:50PMEmily LaycockThe GSA Future
Innovator Award Runner-up
State-of-the-Art in
Interpretable Deep Learning Analysis of Fundus Images to Identify Eye Cancer:
Black Box to Glass Box
12:50PM1:00PMDaniel SikstromSU Sustainability
Nd1-xBaxCo0.8Fe0.2O3-d (0 = x = 0.7) Cathodes for Intermediate Temperature
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
1:00PM1:10PMTessa Marie ChomistekPresident's Award for
Research Excellence
Cognitive Functioning
and Social Outcomes among Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumour
1:10PM1:20PMTaye LouieProgram in
Undergraduate Research Experience Award
Novel Methods for the
Measurement of Cell Vibrations Using Optical Tweezers
1:20PM1:30PMAnika AchariThe GSA Future
Innovator Award
Machine Learning
Based Predictive Modeling for Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
1:30PM1:40PMDinithi MudaligeFaculty of Science
Award Runner-up
Associations Between Mild Behavioral Impairment (MBI), Sleep Disturbance, and
Progression to Dementia
1:40PM1:50PMMalana LoxamSU Sustainability
Award Runner-up
Off-grid subsoil
aeration systems to mitigate fugitive gas migration around
"low-leaker" energy wells (OGSAS Methane Biofilter)
1:50PM2:00PMNoelle Elizabeth
Office of the
Vice-President Research Award
A molecular genetic
investigation into the origins of anthelmintic drug resistance in Ancylostoma
caninum in pet dogs across the USA
2:00PM2:10PMMuhammad ShakirCumming School of
Medicine Award
Applying light sheet
microscopy to study facial development in mice embryos
2:10PM2:20PMBatool Mahdi
Office of the
Vice-President Research Award
Global Changes in
Child and Adolescent Emergency Department Presentations for Suicide Attempts
Prior to During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2:20PM2:30PMSrinidhi KotikalapudiFuture Alumni
Community Impact Award
ERK activation during
postnatal development in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome and wildtype
2:30PM2:40PMAthena Jamie LiuFaculty of Nursing
Student Impact Award
Feasibility of
Incorporating the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Program into
Nursing Education
2:40PM2:50PMMackenzie Kaitlyn
Program in
Undergraduate Research Experience Award
Entamoeba histolytica
(Eh)-induced IL-8 secretion from high MUC2 mucin-producing goblet cells is
regulated by the PI3K-Akt signaling pathway
2:50PM3:00PMJenny DuongOffice of the
Vice-President Research Award
Barriers and enablers
to engaging under-represented AYAs in cancer research: a pilot study
3:00PM3:10PMTherse PoulinFaculty of Science
Patient and family
perceptions of research coordinator attire in the intensive care unit: A
cross-sectional survey
3:10PM3:20PMLana ColesUndergraduate
Aspiring Innovator Award
The Contemporary
Aesthetics of Adolescence: How Euphoria uses style to spectacularize
representation of modern youth in the articulation of a teenage gaze
3:20PM3:30PMKenza FilaliSchulich School of
Engineering Award
The effect cognitive
distortions have on the emotional wellbeing in first year engineering


November 24, 2022
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