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UWinnipeg cleans up at chemistry conference

Megan Rutherford

Megan Rutherford

UWinnipeg sent a contingent of chemists, which included undergraduate and graduate students, to the 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Toronto, ON earlier this month. The event is hosted by the Canadian Society of Chemistry and the Chemical Institute of Canada (CSC and CIC, respectively). The conference was an excellent opportunity for our scientists to come together to share their knowledge and present their research in all branches of chemistry. The UWinnipeg delegation participated in talks and in poster sessions that resulted in an impressive line-up of winners.

Megan Rutherford  won the Undergraduate Inorganic Poster division, Kevin Stroski won the Environmental Chemistry Undergraduate Poster Division, Angelique Parajas won best undergraduate poster in the Analytical Chemistry Division, Luis Chaves-Barquero won best Graduate Poster in the Environmental Chemistry division, John Challis won best graduate presentation in the Environmental Chemistry division, and Jake Blackner was one of the only undergraduate students that had a platform talk accepted on his research in Boronic Catalysis.

“Our undergraduate students play an integral role in various chemistry research programs,” shared Dr. Athar Ata (chemistry). “The chemistry professors train them in the lab and encourage them to take the lead on their assigned research projects. These efforts result in award winning presentations by students at prestigious conferences such as CSC, a national chemistry conference. We are fortunate to have dedicated hardworking students in our research labs.”

The Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition is an annual conference and is Canada’s premier chemistry event. The conference features plenary, invited and submitted lectures, jointly organized international symposia, poster sessions, panel discussions and special events. 

The CIC is a national organization committed to advancing the chemical sciences and engineering through its three constituent societies. The CSC is one of these constituents, and is a national professional association that unites chemistry students and professionals who work in industry, academia and government. 

The University of Winnipeg sent five undergraduate, four graduate students, and six faculty members to participate in the conference.



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