URS 2018

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) on November 27, 2018!

Attend

Interested in conducting research during your undergraduate degree? Visit the Symposium on November 27 in MacEwan Hall to learn about research opportunities on campus, see what your peers have accomplished, and find out how to get started from the experts!


URS Schedule

Participate

URS is an opportunity for undergraduate students from all faculties to showcase their exceptional research alongside their peers to the broader campus community. It is an accessible, multidisciplinary event for students to acquire academic presentation experience while providing exposure to all types of research and resources at the University of Calgary.


Learn More

Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied! Applicants will have received an email notification when their application was successfully received. Participants will be notified the week of October 22.

 

 

Awards

Students selected to present their projects at URS are eligible to receive a number of awards ranging from $500 to $1,000. Our sincere gratitude is extended to the generous donors from across campus who contribute to the URS awards in support and recognition of excellence in undergraduate research.



Faculty of Arts (2 x $1000)

  • These awards will be given to students in the Faculty of Arts whose research demonstrates both exceptional skills in their field of study and the potential for global or community leadership.

Cumming School of Medicine (4 x $1000)

  • Four awards will be given to students 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.

Faculty of Kinesiology (1 x $500)

  • This award will be presented to the top scoring student in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Faculty of Law (1 x $500)

  • This award will be given to a JD student in the Faculty of Law, to showcase any legal research undertaken.

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

  • This award will be presented to a student in the Faculty of Nursing that demonstrates excellence in research with the potential to make significant impacts on nursing practice and/or nursing students. The winner will have presented research that has strong innovative elements, or a focus on student nursing.

Schulich School of Engineering (2 x $1000)

  • 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.

Faculty of Science (3 x $1000) (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.

Faculty of Social Work (1 x $1000)

  • This award will be given to a student in the Faculty of Social Work.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1 x $1000)

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

Werklund School of Education (1 x $1000)

  • This award will be given to a student who addresses a current educational issue in society through envisioning the future of learning and teaching. Consideration will be given to those students who may consider: an innovative or creative educational concept or idea, a central current debate in education, or the future of education.

Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) Future Innovator Award (1 x $1000, 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.

The Chancellor’s Award (1 x $1000)

  • This award will be given to an undergraduate student who exemplifies excellence in research and whose project incorporates cross-disciplinary and/or international collaboration.

Office of the President (1 x $1000)

  • This award will be given to an undergraduate student whose project showcases excellence and leadership in research; an innovative project originating at the University of Calgary that demonstrates a potential for future success and commitment to the campus community.

Office of the Vice-President (Research) (2 x $1000)

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

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Internationally-Focused Research (2 x $1000)

  • This award will be presented to an undergraduate student whose project showcases excellence and leadership in research and has incorporated an international study component into their work.

Office of the Vice Provost (Teaching and Learning) Program in Undergraduate Research (PURE) Award (1 x $1000)

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

Office of the Vice-Provost (Libraries) (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.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure Award for DEI Excellence (2 x $1000)

  • These awards (2) will be presented to an undergraduate student whose project has incorporated a diversity, equity and inclusion lens*, benefiting an underserved population. This can include, but is not limited to, Indigenous, gender identity, racialized, faith, and economically disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities. Students must have demonstrated that they used a community-based research design with members of the interest group participating in the study.
    • A diversity, equity and inclusion lens looks at systematic discrimination or oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, etc.) that leads to unfair disadvantage in our society.

SU Sustainability Fund (1 x $1000, 1 x $500)

  • This award will be given to students who have focused their research on a sustainability-related topic, including energy, water, waste, economics and community development.

The Consent Awareness & Sexual Education Club (CASE) 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.

Judges’ Choice (1 x $1000)

  • Donated by John Hickie, this award will be given to a student who has shown initiative in setting the direction of their research, is able to eloquently present their research and has a strong focus on where their research can be taken in the future.

ATB Financial Award (1 x $500)

  • This award will be given to one of the top presenters of a 5-minute oral thesis whose research has strong innovative, unique, or interdisciplinary elements and who shows extraordinary enthusiasm in their presentation.

UCalgary Alumni Community Impact Award (1 x $500)

  • This award will be presented to a 5-minute thesis presenter who demonstrates excellence in research with the potential to make significant impacts on the campus community. Through innovation and/or original application of knowledge, the winner 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.


Cumming School of Medicine (4x$1000)

  • Four awards will be given to students 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.

Faculty of Arts (1x$1000)

  • 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.

Faculty of Kinesiology (1x$500)

  • This award will be presented to the top scoring student in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Faculty of Law (1x$1000)

  • This award will be given to a JD student in the Faculty of Law, to showcase any legal research undertaken.

Faculty of Science (3x$1000) (1x$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.

Werklund School of Education (1x$1000)

  • This award will be given to a student who addresses a current educational issue in society through envisioning the future of learning and teaching. Consideration will be given to those students who may consider: an innovative or creative educational concept or idea, a central current debate in education, or the future of education.

Schulich School of Engineering (2x$1000)

  • 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.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1x$1000)

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

Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure Award for DEI Excellence (1x$1000)

  • This award will be presented to an undergraduate student whose project has incorporated a diversity, equity and inclusion lens, benefiting an underserved population. This can include, but is not limited to, Indigenous, gender/gender identity, racialized, faith, and economically disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities. Preference will be given to students completing community-based research.

Office of the President (1x$1000)

  • This award will be given to an undergraduate student whose project showcases excellence and leadership in research; an innovative project originating at the University of Calgary that demonstrates a potential for future success and commitment to the campus community.

Office of the Vice-Provost (Libraries) (1x$500, 1x$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.

Office of the Vice-President (Research) (2x$1000)

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

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Internationally-Focused Research (2×1000)

  • This award will be presented to an undergraduate student whose project showcases excellence and leadership in research and has incorporated an international study component into their work.

Program in Undergraduate Research (PURE) Award (1x$1000)

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

SU Sustainability Fund (1x$1000, 1x$500)

  • This award will be given to students who have focused their research on a sustainability-related topic, including energy, water, waste, economics and community development.

The Chancellor’s Award (1x$1000) (CHAN)

  • This award will be given to an undergraduate student who exemplifies excellence in research and whose project incorporates cross-disciplinary and/or international collaboration.

The Judges’ Choice Award (1x$1000(JHIC)

  • This award will be given to a student whose research has been identified as having an innovative approach that stands out to the judges. This research has the ability to engage an audience with topically compelling subject matter and an eye-catching presentation.



 

winners

Congratulations to the winners of all Undergraduate Research Symposium awards for their outstanding achievements in research.

Winner
Prize Donor
Prize
Hangsel Sanguino, Elizabet RajchelFaculty of Arts$1,000 x2
Amanda Neves,
Nadia Narendran,
Fahad Iqbal,
Alexandra Greenslade
Cumming School of Medicine$1,000 x4
Emily Hanniman,
Joseph Mercado,
Tanille Shandro
Faculty of Science$1,000 x3
Maharshi Gandhi - Runner UpFaculty of Science$500
Sadhiq Hussain NazeerFaculty of Kinesiology$500
Janine PelletierWerklund School of Education$1000
Christina Bueckert,
Jessica Corpuz
Schulich School of Engineering$1,000 x2
Emma NickelFaculty of Nursing Student Impact$500
Saud SunbaFaculty of Veterinary Medicine$1,000
Kendal DavidFaculty of Social Work$1,000
Bryan MaGraduate Students' Association Future Innovator$1,000
Rahul Arora - Runner upGraduate Students' Association Future Innovator$500
Ryan LeeOffice of the President$1,000
Aasima Gadiwan,
Michelle Chen
Office of the Vice-President (Research)$1,000 x2
Alyssa CarruthersOffice of the Vice-Provost (Libraries)$500
Mathieu Chin - Runner upOffice of the Vice-Provost (Libraries)$250
Brooke Bull,
Robyn Thomas
Provost's Award for Excellence in Internationally-Focused Research$1,000 x2
Lea CaplanThe Judges' Choice Award$1,000
Thinh Tuan TongSU Sustainability Fund$1,000
Adrien Takada - Runner upSU Sustainability Fund$500
Moiz HafeezThe Chancellor's Award$1,000
Amrita SainiProgram in Undergraduate Research (PURE) Award$1,000
Kayla Ueland,
Shifa Hayat
Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure Award for DEI Excellence$1,000 x2
Pooja Rani SohalThe CASE (Consent and Sexual Education) Award$250
Fazeela MuljiATB Financial Award$500
Rachel HuhUCalgary Alumni Community Impact$500

Winner
Prize Donor
Prize
Una MrdjaFaculty of Arts$1000
Anamika Choudhary

Harleen Kaur Hehar

Amit Manocha

Michelle Leong
Cumming School of Medicine$1000 x4
Cassandra Bernadette

Lindsay Klune

Xin Ge Chen

Sydney Leah Sparanese
Faculty of Science$1000 x3
Sarah Hyslop - Runner UpFaculty of Science$500
Karamjot Kaur SidhuFaculty of Kinesiology$500
Sunaira TejparWerklund School of Education$1000
Michael Jameson Francis

Shaelyn Celeste Jones
Schulich School of Engineering$1000 x2
Jeffrey Nels WestmanFaculty of Law$1000
Jenny Qianyi LiaoOffice of the President$1000
Manisha Bharadia

Harsupreet Kaur Sidhu
Office of the Vice-President (Research)$1000 x2
Rachel EirichOffice of the Vice-Provost (Libraries)$500
Rahul Arora - Runner upOffice of the Vice-Provost (Libraries)$250
Marissa Nahirney

Kehindre Ariyo
Provost's Award for Excellence in Internationally-Focused Research$1000 x2
Chantal Jeanette SnodgrassThe Judges' Choice Award$1000
Joseph MercadoSU Sustainability Fund$1000
Cara Van Der Merwe - Runner upSU Sustainability Fund$500
XingYu ChenThe Chancellor’s Award$1000
Bryan MaProgram in Undergraduate Research (PURE) Award$1000
Olivia Grace ScullyOffice of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure Award for DEI Excellence$1000

Winner
Prize Donor
Prize
Suhyeon ParkATB Financial - Creating Happiness Award$500
Igor Stukalin - Pathology/Disease Research
Philip Surmanowicz - Bio/Molecular Research
Tingting Yan - Medical Research
Marissa Nahirney - Family/Community Health
Cumming School of Medicine$1000 (4)
Safa AbidaDepartment of Psychology  $500
Janelle MorhunFaculty of Arts$1000
Ashley KolstadFaculty of Kinesiology$500
Mark ShearerFaculty of Law$1000
Trevor Low
Jack Zhang
Cole Sugden
Faculty of Science$1000 (3)
Ningzhi Gu - Runner upFaculty of Science$500
n/aFaculty of Social Work$1000
Tin Ching TongFaculty of Veterinary Medicine$1000
Prajay ShahOffice of the President$1000
XingYu Chen
Rena Far
Office of the Vice-Provost (Libraries)$1000 (2)
Joanne Wong - Runner upOffice of the Vice-Provost (Libraries)$500
Cynthia Lam
Gurleen Brar
Office of the Vice-President (Research)$1000 (2)
Kevin CapunoProvost’s Award for Excellence in Internationally-Focused Research$1000
Kyeong-Min JeonProgram in Undergraduate Research (PURE) Award$1000
Qian Qian Wang
Hugo Olaciregui
Schulich School of Engineering$1000 (2)
Lise Margaux RajewiczSU Sustainability Fund$1000
Jebina Shrestha - Runner upSU Sustainability Fund$500
Peter FriedrichsenSustainable Energy Development Graduate Program$1000
Catherine BowmanThe Chancellor’s Award$1000
Raveen VirkThe John Hickie Award$1000
Sangwook AhnThe Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning$1000
Hasham Kamran - Runner upThe Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning$500
Christopher KluneWerklund School of Education$1000

Claire Ferguson
Faculty of Arts
$ 1,000.00
Chaitanya Biren Shah
Cumming School of Medicine – Medical Research
$ 1,000.00
Asha Jessica Hollis
Cumming School of Medicine – Biomolecular Reseach
$ 1,000.00
Jessica Cao
Cumming School of Medicine – Pathology and Disease
$ 1,000.00
Emily Macphail
Cumming School of Medicine – Family/Community Health
$ 1,000.00
Pauline DeJesus
Faculty of Science
$ 1,000.00
Cassandra Klune
Faculty of Science
$ 1,000.00
Anish Arora Platnich
Faculty of Science
$ 1,000.00
Kelsey Kearns
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
$ 1,000.00
German Eduardo Martinez
Faculty of Kinesiology
$ 500.00
Maria Guadalupe Herrera
Werklund School of Education
$ 1,000.00
Douglas Doyle-Baker
Office of the President
$ 1,000.00
Cynthia Thu Nguyen
Office of the Vice-President – Research
$ 1,000.00
Getanshu Malik
Office of the Vice-President – Research
$ 1,000.00
Mark Lee
Graduate Students’ Association
$ 1,000.00
Christine DeGagne
Graduate Students’ Association – Honourable Mention
$ 500.00
Erika Friebe
Provost Award for Excellence in Research (International)
$ 1,000.00
Douglas Andrew Kondro
Schulich School of Engineering
$ 1,000.00
David Garrett
Schulich School of Engineering
$ 1,000.00
Amanda Brianna Josie Calleberg
Sustainable Energy Development Graduate Program
$ 1,000.00
Philip Jan Surmanowicz
The John Hickie Award
$ 1,000.00
Maggie Leng
SU Sustainability Fund
$ 1,000.00
Jeremy Jordan Wong
SU Sustainability Fund – Honourable Mention
$ 500.00

Breanna Shalyn Borys
Schulich School of Engineering
$ 1,000.00
Danvy Vu Tran
Schulich School of Engineering
$ 1,000.00
Gaya Narendran
Faculty of Medicine – Family/Community Health
$ 1,000.00
Sabrina Poonja
Faculty of Medicine – Biomolecular
$ 1,000.00
Kailie Ying Luan
Faculty of Medicine – Pathology and Disease
$ 1,000.00
Chelsea Jade Schuster
Faculty of Medicine – Medical Research
$ 1,000.00
Miranda Mengyuan Wan
Faculty of Science – Biological Science
$ 1,000.00
Casey Michelle Platnich
Faculty of Science – Physical Science
$ 1,000.00
Christina Frances Sandall
Faculty of Science – Microbiology
$ 1,000.00
Julie Nicole Reimer
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
$ 1,000.00
Yasamin Mahjoub
Graduate Students’ Association Award
$ 1,000.00
Simei Li
Graduate Students’ Association Award – Honorable Mention
$ 500.00
Daniel Seijoon Park
President Elizabeth Cannon Leadership in Research Award
$ 1,000.00
Vikhashni Nagesh
Sustainable Energy Development Master’s Degree Program
$ 1,000.00
Hena Qureshi
Faculty of Arts
$ 1,000.00
Sikta Bivabari Samantray
John Hickie Award
$ 1,000.00
Shine Eilzabeth Vazhappilly
Office of the Vice President – Research
$ 1,000.00
Kristina Kim Lyngberg
Office of the Vice President – Research
$ 1,000.00
Sarah Pousette
Provost Award for Excellence in Research (International)
$ 1,000.00
Puja Jayesh Pandya
Students’ Union Sustainability Award
$ 1,000.00
Tamara Evelyn Cottle
Students’ Union Sustainability Award – Honourable Mention
$ 500.00
Ryan Paul Jansonius
Vice-President Teaching and Learning
$ 1,000.00
Leonie Abocot Tesorero
Faculty of Nursing
$ 1,000.00
Dirk Chisholm
Faculty of Kinesiology
$ 500.00
Alix Victoria Esterhuizen
Werklund School of Education
$ 1,000.00

Office of Sustainability
Elizabeth Hodges
$1,000.00
Sustainable Energy Development Master’s Degree Program
Waheeduz Zaman
$1,000.00
Haskayne School of Business
Mahrukh Tahir
$1,000.00
Faculty of Arts
Erin Shumlich
$1,000.00
Schulich School of Engineering
Amanda Chung Yan Chan
$1,000.00
Schulich School of Engineering
Breanna Shalyn Borys
$1,000.00
Faculty of Medicine – Family/Community Health
Paulina Catherine Podgorny
$1,000.00
Faculty of Medicine – Biomolecular
Harleen Kaur Hehar
$1,000.00
Faculty of Medicine – Pathology and Disease
Jesse Tin Ching Tong
$1,000.00
Faculty of Medicine – Medical Research
Yibo (Teresa) Li
$1,000.00
Faculty of Science – Biological Science
Yasamin Mahjoub
$1,000.00
Faculty of Science – Physical Science
Chase Logan Radford
$1,000.00
Faculty of Science – Microbiology
Evan Michael Kerek
$1,000.00
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Sarah Jane Engbers
$1,000.00
Graduate Students’ Association Award
Sean MacNeil Crooks
$1,000.00
Graduate Students’ Association Award – Honorable Mention
Brennan David Gorham Jones
$500.00
John Hickie Award
Maxwell John McKay
$800.00
Office of the Vice President – Research
Caitlin Alexandra Campbell
$1,000.00
Office of the Vice President – Research
Alexander Thomas Scurfield
$1,000.00
Provost Award for Excellence in Research (International)
Brandon Lee Boyd
$1,000.00
President Elizabeth Cannon Leadership in Research Award
Cory Hendrik Meeuwisse
$1,000.00
Journal of Undergraduate Research in Alberta
Nicholas Eric  Swyngedouw
$150.00