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Winners of the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition, with Mario Pinto, Vice-President (Research and International).

2023 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition winners selected

March 22, 2023 — 

On Thursday March 16, more than 90 UM undergraduate students presented their research findings at the 2023 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. This was the first in-person Poster Competition since the pandemic and was a welcome networking opportunity for UM students and faculty from across disciplines.

Judges from nine UM faculties volunteered to assess each project based the official judging criteria to determine the winners for cash prizes in five different categories: applied sciences, creative works, health sciences, natural sciences, and social sciences and humanities. The competition is hosted by the office of the vice-president (research and international).

The 2023 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition winners were announced in the following categories:

Applied Sciences

1st– Bailey Paziuk (Biosystems)
Project: Investigation of the effect of pre-treatments on microstructural
Research Supervisor: Chyngyz Erkinbaev

2nd– Ayushi Pattharwala (Biosystems Engineering)
Project: Simulating Clumping to Better Understand Grain Dynamics Surrounding entrapment and engulfment in grain bin
Research Supervisor: Jitendra Paliwal

3rd– Anna Macdonald (Food and human nutritional sciences)
Project: Biofilm Formation Abilities of Salmonella Enteritidis Strains
Research Supervisor: Claudia Narvaez

Creative Works

1st– Alina Bilonozhko (Environmental Design, Architecture)
Project: Unstacking the Deck: A Game of Change
Research Supervisor: Lisa Landrum

2nd– Cole Marotta (Environmental Design, Architecture)
Project: Canadian Architecture Forums on Education: Connecting Canada
Research Supervisor: Lisa Landrum

Health Sciences

1st– Deesha Nayar (Genetics)
Project: Investigating the role of enhanced Th-17 differentiation in inflammation and HIV-1 susceptibility
Research Supervisor: Thomas Murooka

2nd– Khushali Trivedi (Biological Sciences)
Project: Citrullination of Complement Proteins in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Research Supervisor: Liam O’Neil

3rd– Lukas Lam (Genetics)
Project: Exploiting the SCF Complex to Identify Novel Therapeutic Targets in High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer
Research Supervisor: Kirk McManus

Natural Sciences

1st– Diviansh Pandey (Biological Science)
Project: Populus response to salinity and herbivory stress
Research Supervisor: Sylvie Renault

2nd– Le Kim Long Nguyen (Human Nutritional Sciences)
Project: The Impact of Dietary Essential n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid, Alpha-linolenic acid, on Brain Oxylipin Profile in Male and Female Mice
Research Supervisor: Harold Aukema

3rd– Nadia Braun (Environment and Geography)
Project: Comparing Remotely Sensed Temperature Data in Jones Sound
Research Supervisor: Karen Alley

Social Sciences and Humanities

1st– Lydia Gork (Indigenous Studies)
Project: Métis History and Relationality
Research Supervisor: David Parent

2nd– Kyla Wiens (Psychology)
Project: “I’m not alone”: A qualitative analysis of the BEAM program forum
Research Supervisor: Leslie Roos

3rd– Nathan Mathews (Psychology)
Project: Playing with Fire: Exploring the Relationship Between Self-Compassion and Future Risks
Research Supervisor: Daniel S. Bailis


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