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Max Sandred, Faculty of Architecture, won in the Creative Works category for his poster project 'Theatres of architectural imagination.'

Max Sandred, Faculty of Architecture, won in the Creative Works category for his project 'Theatres of architectural imagination.'

Making research accessible to a broader audience

Students demonstrate knowledge translation skills in Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

November 2, 2020 — 

The 2020 annual Undergraduate Research Poster Competition took place online last week, with viewing of the poster PDFs and 63 students’ self-recorded oral video presentations. A different experience, but exciting results nonetheless.

Judges assessed each project based on official judging criteria determining winners for cash prizes in five different categories: applied sciences, creative works, health sciences, natural sciences, and social sciences and humanities. The competition is sponsored by the office of the vice-president (research and international).

“Though a virtual competition, the experience gained in preparing a poster is an exercise in knowledge translation,” said Dr. Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor. “One that makes your research accessible to a broader audience than those working in your discipline: to other students, faculty and the public. I thank and congratulate all of those students who embraced the new format and entered this year’s competition.”

Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 were awarded to the top three posters in each of the following categories:


1st – Jordan Krenkevich, Faculty of Science

Project - Using machine learning to suppress the skin response in breast microwave sensing
Supervisor: Stephen Pistorius

2nd – Mateus Braga, Price Faculty of Engineering

Project - Auto-link UAV to CAD: Software to bridge the gap between UAV design optimization and CAD
Supervisor: Philip Ferguson

3rd – Anh Thi Dang, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Project - Effects of pre-treatment on phenolic compounds in yellow and black Mustard
Supervisor: Usha Thiyam-Hollander


1st – Max Sandred, Faculty of Architecture

Project – Theatres of architectural imagination
Supervisor: Lisa Landrum

2nd – Mathew Glowacki, Faculty of Architecture

Project – The effects of different urban scenarios on urban wildlife
Supervisor: Kamni Gill

3rd – Lindsay Mamchur, Faculty of Architecture

Project – Atget and I: A comparative photographic reading
Supervisor: Susan Close


1st – Katrina Leong, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Project – Building on patient experience to develop an approach to transitional care in heart failure management
Supervisor: Gayle Halas

2nd – Amy Fernando, Faculty of Science

Project – Preventing mitochondrial dysfunction and cell death in the lipid exposed cardiomyocyte
Supervisor: Joseph Gordon

3rd – Tooba Razi, Faculty of Science

Project – Exploring FBXO7 as a candidate chromosome instability gene in colorectal cancer
Supervisor: Kirk J. McManus


1st – Andrea Sutherland, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Project – A case study on greenwashing by Manitoba Hydro
Supervisor: Stephane McLachlan

2nd – Guneet Uppal, Faculty of Science

Project – Structure elucidation of a platinum complex by x-ray crystallography
Supervisor: David Herbert

3rd – Danielle Fowke, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Project – The effects of  oil drilling noise on reproductive success of chestnut-collared longspur (Calcarius ornatus) in Western Canada
Supervisor: Nicola Koper


1st – Lily Pankratz, Faculty of Arts

Project – Trends in mental health service utilization according to perinatal status: Results from a nationally representative sample
Supervisor: Kristin Reynolds

2nd – Hannah Derksen, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Project – Exploring challenges faced by the charitable food sector in Manitoba during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic
Supervisor: Natalie Riediger

3rd – Bronwen Grocott, Faculty of Arts

Project – Associations between pain characteristics & suicidality Across chronic pain conditions
Supervisor: Renée El-Gabalawy

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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