WINNIPEG, MB – The Randy Kobes Undergraduate Poster Session (formerly called the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) 9th annual poster competition held on Wednesday, September 17, saw 27 dedicated undergraduate students present their research to judges in the Atrium of the Richardson College for the Environment. This is a privilege normally reserved for graduate students at other universities but an opportunity shared with the undergraduates at UWinnipeg.
The competition is open to all undergraduate students who performed natural science and engineering research at UWinnipeg under the supervision of a faculty member, including summer projects and honours theses. The entries this year tackled everything from dark matter to frustrated magnets to kynurenic acid to mapping potential reservoir sites for flood mitigation.
“Our researchers are involving undergraduate students in scientific work of national and international significance, ” said Dr. James Currie, Dean of Science. “Of course, this positions our students beautifully for as they move into careers or graduate work.”
The poster competition allows students in their chosen field of study to establish their research credentials. Much of the research detailed in the poster competition will also be published in leading scientific journals.
Winners of the 2014 Randy Kobes Undergraduate Poster Session:
First Place (Tie) – Andrew Harrison, Physics, “Robotic Magnetic Field Mapping for the nEDM Experiment at TRIUMF” – Supervisor: Russell Mammei
and Cora Romanow, Biology, “Designed to attract: infant cries and male courtship calls in elk” – Supervisor: Dr. Susan Lingle
Third Place – Sashika Kumaragamage, Physics, “RF Coil Switches for Low Field TRASE MRI” – Supervisor: Dr. Chris Bidinosti
Honourable Mentions – Nikhita Arora (HM) – Supervisor: Dr. Tabitha E. Wood (Chemistry) Amanda Loscerbo (HM) – Supervisor: Dr. Ramin Vakili (Biochemistry) Cole Mauws (HM) – Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Wiebe (Chemistry) Leah Cuscito (HM) – Supervisor: Dr. Charles Wong (Chemistry)
UWinnipeg’s Faculty of Science and Research Office are the sponsors.
The late Randy Kobes, Associate Dean of Science at UWinnipeg, was an outstanding academic, physicist and educator of young people and founding member of the Manitoba chapter of Let’s Talk Science. He passed away in 2010.