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e-dition - October 3, 2007

UWinnipeg's award-winning Science scholars at the recent NSERC Poster Competition (left to right): Jonathan Thiessen, Bryan McIntosh, Mitchell Jeffrey, David Harrison, Drew Hawranik, Stephanie Van Den Bosch. Photo by Naniece Ibrahim.

Complex Science made simple
at NSERC 2nd Annual Competition

By Naniece Ibrahim

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) 2nd annual poster competition had 18 top-notch undergraduate science students present their research on September 10, 2007. This is a privilege normally reserved for graduate students at other universities but an opportunity shared with the undergraduates at The University of Winnipeg.

World Class Research
"This competition is great for the students as a stepping stone to establish them in their chosen field of study and to participate in world-class research." said Dr. Melanie Martin, one of the competition’s main organizers and an assistant professor of Physics. “Much of the research detailed in the poster competition will also be published in leading scientific journals."

The topics covered five academic departments including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, and Psychology and reflected a cross-section of undergrad research.

Hot 103 FM morning show host, and judge, Ace Burpee (right) and science student Sherri Smart at the NSERC Poster Competition.

Fellow scientists and a few members of the media including Connie Tamoto from Global TV and Ace Burpee from Hot 103 FM judged the students on their work and how well the students communicated their project to the general public.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
“The University of Winnipeg prides itself in the fact that the undergraduates (over a period of ten years) have produced 576 publications involving 283 different students and 71 faculty members,” said Randy Kobes, Acting Associate Dean of Science, and one of the competition’s main organizers. The Undergraduate Edge provides a complete list of these publications.

Bryan McIntosh's Physics research project won the grand prize. His research dealt with alternative in breast cancer screening. He proposes a lower-cost alternative by using CMOS-based detectors technology compared to high cost traditional film-screen mammography to detect tumors.

The second place winner was Stephanie Van Den Bosch of Chemistry. Third place went to Jonathon Thiessen of Physics.  Physics student David Harrison, Chemistry student Drew Hawranik and Psychology student Mitchell Jeffrey each took home an Honourable Mention.

UWinnipeg’s Faculty of Science, Research Office and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)–Prairies sponsored this competition.

Students Honoured
Winners of the NSERC-Prairies Undergraduate Science Poster Session:

  • First place Bryan McIntosh
  • Second place Stephanie Van Den Bosch
  • Third place Jonathan Thiessen
  • Honourable Mentions:
  • Drew Hawranik
  • David Harrison
  • Mitchell Jeffrey

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