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Senior bio students show off results of their 2013 research

UToday HomeApril 16, 2013

By Marie-Helene Thibeault

The annual Biological Sciences Student Symposium held April 2-5 featured 70 undergraduate student presentations, 24 graduate student posters and two postdoctoral award winners.The annual Biological Sciences Student Symposium held April 2-5 featured 70 undergraduate student presentations, 24 graduate student posters and two postdoctoral award winners. Photo courtesy: Marie-Helene ThibeaultGraduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Biological Sciences demonstrated the breadth and depth of their research at the annual Biological Sciences Student Symposium April 2 to 5.

Some of the topics addressed at the symposium were: stringent response and antibiotic resistance of cystic fibrosis isolates; eukaryotic bioremediation of oil sands tailings; transcranial stimulation for adolescent depression; effects of temperature on muscle efficiency and parasitic nematodes of beef cattle.

In total, 70 undergraduate student presentations, 24 graduate student posters and two postdoctoral award winners were showcased throughout the week-long event.

“The quality of the students' research, and their presentation skills, were extremely impressive this year,” said event chair, professor Michael Hynes. “This research experience is a very important part of what we do in undergraduate learning, and equips the students to go on to graduate and professional studies in their chosen areas.”

The symposium culminated with an award ceremony.

Undergraduate presentation winners included Laura Kaupas (Ecology), David Guzzardi (Zoology), Erin Bell (Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology), Jon Chin (CMMB), Andrew Cottle Biochemistry program), and Thomas Clements (Biochemistry program).

“Participating in the Biological Sciences Student Symposium was challenging and exciting. This experience allowed me to share novel research with peers and professors, and has prepared me for future graduate work,” said Kaupas, a fifth-year student who studied how two similar species of bats share resources in the Northwest Territories.

Graduate poster winners were David Lloyd (Biochemistry), Amol Bhargava (Cell, Development and Physiology), Lisa Hensel (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Stephanie Duquette (Microbiology).

“The presentations by our senior undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs are always a highlight for the year,” highlighted department head Robert Barclay. “Over a quarter of our graduating undergraduates are involved in research projects one-on-one with faculty members, and their presentations are a culmination of that hands-on experience. Their work is impressive, and frequently becomes part of, or is at the centre of, published scientific papers.”

As this term draws to a close, about 100 undergraduates are preparing to work in the research labs and in the field as research assistants and project students, supporting the research being conducted by faculty and graduate students. Some students will also be conducting their own research that will be showcased next year.

 

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