Conference showcases top student researchers

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This year’s Undergraduate Research Conference, the 10th of its kind, showcased the research of 65 undergraduate science students, presented in 68 posters. The event, held in the Arts Building, attracted a range of visitors  including Dr. Rose Goldstein, Vice Principal (Research and International Relations), Professor Sarah Stroud, Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) as well as many other professors, department chairs, students and members of the McGill community.

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Thomas Khullar presents his research project during the 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference. He won 1st Prize in the Learning and Social Sciences category for his poster which was entitled “When Power Matters: The Role of Collective Autonomy in Intergroup Relations”. Photo: Owen Egan

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Joseph Yang presents his research project during the 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference. He won 1st Prize in the Cellular and Molecular Biology category for his poster which was entitled “The Role of Aquaporin 9 in Osteoarthritis”. Photo: Owen Egan

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Left to right, conference participants Omar Khan, Zhubo Zhang, and Hong Yu talk science with Professor Leon Glass (Department of Physiology). Photo: Owen Egan

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Valérie Losier explains her poster to keynote speaker Jade Raymond at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference. Her poster was entitled “Climate’s response to varying land fractions”. In the background: Professor Sabrina Leslie (Physics). Photo: Owen Egan

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Prizewinners with the keynote speaker and Dean of Science at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference. Front row, left to right: Jade Raymond, Melissa Ferland, Lauren Kimura, Sarasa Tohyama, Jane Panangaden, Melissa Bedard. Back row, left to right: Thomas Khullar, Marc Klocke, Ron Belyansky, Mathieu Sicard, Kaien Gu, Martin Grant. Missing: Matthew Dankner, Joseph Yang. Photo: Owen Egan

At the prize ceremony, held in Moyse Hall following the poster presentations, distinguished alumna and video game executive  Jade Raymond (B.Sc. ’98,) gave the keynote address entitled Robots, Assassins and the Holodeck: How a science degree, unconventional decision making and a legion of allies helped build a dream job.

Everyone believes in undergraduate research

“This year marked the 10th anniversary of our Undergraduate Research Conference,” said Undergraduate Research Officer Victor Chisholm. “Despite financial cuts affecting the university system, the Faculty of Science’s undergraduate research programs are solidly anchored because everyone believes in them, from the students who take part to the professors who supervise them to friends and donors who provide key support.

“Once again this year, conference visitors were impressed by the research done by undergraduate students, often doctoral-level work. That is the beauty of our undergraduate research programs: our students have boundless potential,  and when you give them a little support or encouragement, there is no limit to what they can do.”

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