2013 Undergraduate Research Conference
Blair Jia presents his poster to Joel Spratt.Photo gallery
Ioan Tiberiu Mahu and Saskia Ferrar, URC participantsPhoto gallery
Rachel Suliono, Sheng-Ting Lin, and Daegan Sit, URC participantsPhoto gallery
Joseph Yang presents his research poster to Professor James CoultonPhoto gallery
Hayeden Bye presents his research poster to keynote speaker Dr. John SmolPhoto gallery
Mark Saffran presents his poster to Doran SatanovePhoto gallery
Doran Satanove presents his poster to Mark SaffranPhoto gallery
Shih-Ping (Peter) Hung, URC participantPhoto gallery
Matthew Stevenson, URC participantPhoto gallery
Martin Grant, Dean of Science, hosted the awards receptionPhoto gallery
Victoria Kaspi, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Education), announced the prizewinnersPhoto gallery
Congratulations to the prizewinners!Photo gallery
Keynote speaker Dr. John Smol, O.C., B.Sc. '77Photo gallery
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, students from across the Faculty of Science presented their research projects at the ninth annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC).
This year, sixty-four students from across the Faculty of Science participated. They showed their results to fellow students, alumni, and members of the public. Once again this year, the spectrum of students' research projects was very broad, including topics such as:
- Examining the impact of dental caries in early childhood;
- Curious robot exploration: A Review and Action Plan;
- The role of fibrillin-1 in skeletal muscle differentiation; and
- Pharmaceutical applications of solvent-free chemistry: a route to greener chemical synthesis and characterization
McGill judges had the arduous task of choosing the victors (see below). The prize ceremony took place in McGill's elegant Moyse Hall, and was followed by a very special keynote address (see also below). The day culminated with a reception for students, friends, and alumni, where everyone celebrated the accomplishments of McGill Science students.
Webcast of Keynote address:
The Faculty of Science was honoured to welcome distinguished alumnus Dr. John Smol (O.C., B.Sc. '77) who delivered the keynote address at the ninth annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
Science continues to play an increasingly important role in peoples’ lives. Furthermore, to be a scientist is an opportunity to lead an exciting, influential and fulfilling life. However, just as it is a career with many opportunities, it is also a life with many challenges. Dr. Smol’s presentation provided some personal perspectives on possible ways to maximize your opportunities whilst living in an increasingly complex world.
Dr. John Smol is a noted paleolimnologist who holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change at Queen’s University, where he co-directs PEARL, the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory. Professor Smol is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a 3M Teaching Fellow, the Editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Reviews, and a frequent commentator on environmental issues for radio, television, and the print media.
The webcast is also available in other formats (.mp3, .wmv, .mp4) via this link.
First and second prizes were awarded in seven categories as follows:
Download the following slides to announce the Undergraduate Research Conference in your class or elsewhere:
Victor Chisholm, Undergraduate Research Officer, 514-398-5964