Poster competition highlights research diversity
From aboriginal rap music to youth justice to pre-term infant mortality, the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition puts a spotlight on the broad and diverse research being done by U of M students.
The annual competition, sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International), took place on October 30th with over 75 participants displaying their work in five different categories and vying for cash prizes.
Education student and Undergraduate Research Award winner Angela O’Brien-Klewchuk, presented her poster “Globetrotters in Training: Teacher candidates crossing borders” on the effects and benefits of international teaching opportunities on both teachers and communities.
“It’s neat to see my research on education, right up against someone’s research on mental health issues,” said O-Brien-Klewchuck. “I think there’s lots of opportunity for cross-discipline interaction and ideas. As a teacher, I’m more of a generalist and I like that inter-disciplinary approach to things, so that’s quite exciting.”
The Poster Competition is also a great way for student researchers to develop practical visual and verbal presentation skills they can take with them to graduate school and into their careers.
Physics & Astronomy student Sandeep Kaur shared her work on “Microwave Based Life Detection System for Post-Disaster Rescue Operations”, which can detect chest displacement under debris or snow.
“This is a great way to showcase what I did during the summer,” said Kaur. “And to prepare me for conferences and presenting my research in such a way that general audiences can understand it. Many people don’t know exactly what research has been done. This is a cool way to showcase it and the practical applications in day-to-day life.”
The 2014 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition winners were named in the following categories:
1st – Vishal Thakur (Psychology)
2nd – Sandeep Kaur (Physics & Astronomy)
3rd – Katrina Zmavc (Psychology)
1st – Emma Kitson (Arts)
2nd – Steve Csincsa (English, Film & Theatre)
1st – Michael Xu (Science)
2nd – Ella Thomson (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
3rd – Ryan Wang (Science)
1st – Nicole Pogorzelec (Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources)
2nd – Steven Anderson (Biological Sciences)
3rd – SeoHyun Jo (Plant Science)
1st – Chimwemwe Undi (Linguistics)
2nd – Elena Bilevicius (Psychology)
3rd – Allison Dyck (Psychology)