URS 2020

Have you spent your summer in a lab and made a unique discovery? Will your critical analysis lead to positive social change? Share your accomplishments at The Students’ Union Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS).

Participate

URS is an opportunity for undergraduate students from all faculties to showcase their exceptional research alongside their peers to the broader campus community. This year’s event will take place online, with participants submitting video presentations of their work.

2020 Award Descriptions & Winners

Students participating in the 2020 SU Undergraduate Research Symposium have the opportunity to walk away with cash prizes graciously donated by various departments, faculties and offices at the University of Calgary. 

The Students’ Union would like to sincerely thank the generous support of the following award donors: 

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

This award will be given to a student ($$1,000) and runner-up ($$500) who have focused their research on a sustainability-related topic, including energy, water, waste, economics and community development. 

  • Winner: Avrille Aiello 
  • Runner up: Anika Zaman 

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

One award will be given to a student in the Cumming School whose research contributes to the understanding of one of the following topics: Family/Community Health, Bio/Molecular Research, Pathology/Disease Research, and Medical Research. 

  • Winner: Ashar Siddiqui  

Faculty of Nursing Student Impact Award (1 x $500) 

This award will be presented to a student in the Faculty of Nursing in recognition of excellence in undergraduate research.   

  • Winner: Noopur Swadas 

Future Alumni Community Impact Award, sponsored by UCalgary Alumni (1 x $500) 

The Future Alumni Community Impact Award recognizes an UCalgary undergraduate student and 5-minute thesis presenter at the Undergraduate Research Symposium who demonstrates excellence in research with the potential to make significant impacts on the campus community. Through innovation and/or original application of knowledge, this student and future member of the UCalgary Alumni community will have: improved current conditions for a specific community, pioneered a new approach to connect individuals within a community, or explored a newly emerging field in support of the campus community. This award is shaped around the Community Building pillar in Wherever Life Takes You, a progressive plan to engage UCalgary alumni. 

  • Winner: Emily Wang 

Department of Psychology (1 x $500) 

This award will be presented to a student in the Department of Psychology in recognition of excellence in undergraduate research.   

  • Winner: Andrew Tran 

Office of the Vice-Provost (Libraries and Cultural Research) (1 x $500 1 x 250) 

This award will be given to an undergraduate student whose project displays originality and depth in the selection of sources, with close attention made to a consistent citation and a thorough literature review.  Consideration will be given to a project that contributes to the wider scholarly conversation, with plans for dissemination of research and publication.  

  • Winner: Noaah Reaume 
  • Runner up: Sydney Suffron 

Faculty of Social Work (1 x $1,000) 

This award will be presented to a student in the Faculty of Social Work in recognition of excellence in undergraduate research.   

  • Winner: Jac Kozak 

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

This award will be given to a student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine whose research contributes to the understanding of Animal Health. 

  • Winner: Sophia Lu 

Office of the President (1 x $1,000) 

This award is given to an undergraduate student whose research project demonstrates a commitment to excellence, leadership and positive impact in the community. The award celebrates student innovators who apply their skills to create new knowledge and develop solutions to complex challenges.  

  • Winner: Ryan Michael Lee 

Program in Undergraduate Research (PURE) Award (1 x $1,000, 2 x $500) 

This award will be presented to an undergraduate student whose presentation demonstrates excellence in research conducted as a Program in Undergraduate Research (PURE) project.  

  • Winner: Roshanne Sihota 
  • Runner up: Caleb Braun 

The Consent Awareness & Sexual Education Club Award (1 x 250)

This award will recognize student research projects focusing on trauma-informed care, intersectional feminist advocacy, or topics surrounding consent or sex education.

  • Winner Julianna Park

The GSA Future Innovator award (1 x $1,000, 1 x $500) 

The GSA Future Innovator award will be presented to a winner (and a runner-up) who demonstrate excellence in research while showing a potential to make significant impacts in the field in the future, through an innovative and/or original contribution to knowledge, such as an original take on old data, new data to support a changing field, or original work for a newly emerging field 

  • Winner: Taylor Groulx 
  • Runner up: Harleen Sanghera 

Faculty of Arts (2 x $1,000 

This award will be given to a student in the Faculty of Arts whose research demonstrates both exceptional skills in their field of study and the potential for global or community leadership.   

  • Winner: Jaclyn Anderson 
  • Winner: Hawra Al-Khaz’Aly 

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

This award will be given to students in the Schulich School of Engineering whose research shows potential for practical application in the field of engineering. 

  • Winner: Tuan Thinh (Caleb) Tong 
  • Winner: Tyler Yip 

Faculty of Science ( 3 x $1,000, 1 x $500 

Faculty of Science awards will recognize three students enrolled in the Faculty of Science with outstanding poster presentations of novel, innovative and creative scientific research from any discipline represented by the Faculty. An additional award of $$500 will be given to a runner up. 

  • Winner: Sravya Kakumanu 
  • Winner: Sarah Skarsgard 
  • Winner: Andy Tran 
  • Runner Up: Joan Chu 

Office of the Vice-President (Research) (4 x $1,000 

This award will be given to students who demonstrate leadership through research excellence and commitment to innovation and discovery. 

  • Winner: Aya Ebdalla 
  • Winner: Melanie Grier 
  • Winner: Julia Casorso 
  • Winner: Noga Sharlin