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Winners in the 15th annual Undergraduate Research Poster Competition with (far right) Dr. Digvir Jayas (VP Research and International) and (far left) Dr. Jay Doering (Associate VP Partnerships)

Winners in the 15th annual Undergraduate Research Poster Competition with (far right) Dr. Digvir Jayas (VP Research and International) and (far left) Dr. Jay Doering (Associate VP Partnerships).

Poster competition celebrates student research

October 29, 2019 — 

Excitement was in the air at the 15th Undergraduate Research Poster Competition on October 24. Nearly 100 judges queried the more than 140 budding researchers about their projects in one of the five entry categories: applied sciences, creative works, health sciences, natural sciences and social science and humanities.

The majority of the student competitors were past recipients of Undergraduate Research Awards that provided them with an opportunity to Experience Research under the mentorship of a professor, during a summer placement.

In addition to the cash prizes up for grabs, the participating students find the experience valuable in developing their communication skills, networking opportunities, learning how to do create a poster, as well as a deep sense of pride in their research accomplishments.

This year’s winners are:

Applied Sciences

1st – Jordan Krenkevich (Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science)
Project – Development and 3D Printing of MRI-Derived Breast Phantoms for Microwave Imaging
Research Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Pistorius

2nd – Arpan Singh (Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering)
Project – A Two-Phase Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis on Blade Coating Process
Research Supervisor: Dr. Scott Ormiston

3rd – Delica Leboe-McGowan (Computer Science, Faculty of Science)
Project – A Privacy-Preserving Deep Learning Framework for Genomic Data
Research Supervisor: Dr. Noman Mohammed

Creative Works

1st – Lindsay Mamchur (Environmental Design, Faculty of Architecture)
Project – Reading Photographs: Robert Adams’ Sunday School
Research Supervisor: Dr. Susan Close

2nd – Samantha Miller (Landscape and Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture)
Project – Canadian Urban Strategies
Research Supervisor: Dr. Richard Perron

3rd – Daniel Roscoe (School of Art)
Project – A Brief History of Winnipeg Photographic Salons/Exhibitions
Research Supervisor: Dr. Oliver Botar

Health Sciences

1st – Ally Farrell (Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science)
Project – Evaluating Chromosome Instability in High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer Patient Samples
Research Supervisor: Dr. Kirk McManus

2nd – Philip Kawalec (Human Anatomy & Cell Science, Max Rady College of Medicine)
Project – Evaluation of Temozolomide and Irinotecan combination therapy in human rhabdomyosarcoma cells
Research Supervisor: Dr. Saeid Ghavami

3rd – Morgan Hiebert (Microbiology, Faculty of Science)
Project – Evaluating the Synergistic Impact of Genotoxic Stress and Diminished SKP1 or RBX1 Expression on High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer Pathogenesis
Research Supervisor: Dr. Kirk McManus

Natural Sciences

1st – Nils Refvik (Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science)
Project – Analysis of THz Time-Domain Etalon Systems for Material Property Extraction
Research Supervisor: Jacob Burgess

2nd – Eric Vasas (Chemistry, Faculty of Science)

Project – Exposure Assessment and Biomonitoring of Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent Nation
Research Supervisor: Dr. Feiyue Wang

3rd – Jordan Kroeker (Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science)

Project – How does human sewage effluent affect the thermal tolerance of Arctic amphipods?
Research Supervisor: Dr. Ken Jeffries

Social Sciences and Humanities

1st – Sasha Kullman (Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management)
Project – Adjusting exercise identity when times change: Self-compassion and reactions to the exercise identity challenge of new motherhood
Research Supervisor: Dr. Shaelyn Strachan

2nd – Shannon Senanayake (Psychology, Faculty of Arts)

Project – Perception and Action : Effects of Priming and Illusions on Visually Guided Grasping
Research Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Marotta

3rd – Anna Stacey [Computer Science (Faculty of Science), Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)]

Project – The Bro Project
Research Supervisor: Dr. Veronica Loureiro-Rodriguez

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

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