SU View: Student research celebrated at Undergraduate Research Symposium

By Brittany Sargent

Our University is in many ways synonymous with research; we are consistently being told we are a “research intensive institute.” This may, at first, not appear to be a good thing for undergraduates, but taking a closer look, the benefits are many.

Because of our heavy focus on research, many undergraduate students are engaged in self-directed research projects all over the university and on Mon., Nov. 19th the Students’ Union will be showcasing over 70 of the best projects in Mac Hall at the 2nd annual Students’ Union Undergraduate Research Symposium.

This Research Symposium is a campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research at the University of Calgary. The symposium features undergrads from across campus and faculties who have participated in research during their time at the U of C.

Using a broad definition of research, we considered all forms of student work involving the development of scholarly ideas with the intention of including all undergraduate faculties in this event. The peer selection committee consisted of seven students from a variety of backgrounds who carefully read and evaluated all the project abstracts submitted and decided on 72 of the best submissions for poster presentations along with four students for oral presentations. The result is a variety of work from across faculties including Fine Arts, Communications and Culture, Kinesiology, Science and Social Work. Topics range from modeling music with computer engineering to John Rawls’ legal philosophy to the health of Alberta bat populations. Poster presentations will run from 12-2:30 p.m. and please join us from 1-2:20 p.m. for the following oral presentations:

1-1:20 Candice Barnowsky–“Solid State Lighting in Developing Nations”

1:20-1:40 May Yee Choi–“Surgical Performance in a Virtual Robotic Environment”

1:40-2 Nadia Hai–“Does the Internet pose a threat to academic integrity?”

2-2:20 Julia Pulwicki–“Magnetized Black Holes”

This event is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience presenting their research findings to the community. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about the work of fellow-students and how to pursue your own research experience at the university.

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