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2010 Undergraduate Research Conference

"From undergraduate research at McGill to the Nobel Prize and beyond": Dr Jack Szostak, keynote speaker at the 2010 Undergraduate Research Conference. (Owen Egan)

2010 Undergraduate Research Conference prizewinners with keynote speaker Dr Jack Szostak (B.Sc. '72, Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2009) and Dean Martin Grant. (Owen Egan)

Adam Bouchard presents his research project to Dean Martin Grant and Nobel laureate Dr Jack Szostak (B.Sc. '72), at the 2010 Undergraduate Research Conference. (Owen Egan)

Sophie Splawinski explains her prize-winning research at the Undergraduate Research Conference on October 15, 2010 to fellow student Long Chen. (Owen Egan)

Webcast of Dr Szostak's lecture: Please see below on this page.


On Friday, October 15, 2010, students from across the Faculty of Science presented their research projects at the sixth annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) in the lobby of McGill's historic Arts Building.

This year, fifty-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: Challenges and opportunities to reforestation-based small-scale carbon offset projects, Does endurance swimming impact signaling in weakly electric fishes?, and Improving disease outbreak detection with machine learning.

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 guest lecture (see also below). The day culminated with a reception for students and alumni, where everyone celebrated the accomplishments of McGill Science students.


Keynote address: Dr Jack Szostak

Jack Szostak, B.Sc. '72, Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2009 - Jussi Puikkonen

The Faculty of Science was honoured to welcome distinguished alumnus Dr. Jack Szostak (B.Sc. '72, Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2009). Following the awarding of URC prizes, he delivered the keynote address:

"From undergraduate research at McGill to the Nobel Prize and beyond"

The URC prize ceremony and Dr Szostak's guest lecture are available as a webcast for viewing on demand.

(The webcast is presented using Silverlight, a free browser plugin available from Microsoft for both Mac and PC. For Linux and Unix, the webcast is available using Moonlight.)



Prizewinners

2010 Undergraduate Research Conference prizewinners with keynote speaker Dr Jack Szostak (B.Sc. '72, Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2009) and Dean Martin Grant. - Owen Egan

First and second prizes were awarded in six categories as follows:

Biological Sciences

  1. Daniel-Costin Marinescu, B.Sc. hon. Physiology
    Structural Studies of Hydrogenase Accessory Proteins HypB and SlyD
    Supervisor: Prof. Kalle Gehring
    Nominated by the Department of Biochemistry
  2. Young Kyuen Im, B.Sc. hon. Microbiology & Immunology
    Selection of host factors that stimulate splicing of the Ll.LtrB group II intron in Lactococcus lactis
    Supervisor: Prof. Benoit Cousineau
    Nominated by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Earth System Science

  1. Sophie Splawinski, B.Sc. hon. Atmospheric Science
    Atmospheric Circulation Anomalies Associated with Freezing Rain in Quebec City, QC
    Supervisor: Prof. John Gyakum
    Nominated by the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  2. Ichiko Sugiyama, B.Sc. Earth & Planetary Sciences min. Chemistry
    An Anoxic Snowball Earth
    Supervisors: Prof. Boswell Wing, Prof. Galen Halverson
    Nominated by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Health & Social Science

  1. Graham McDowell, B.A. hon. Geography min. Intnl Development Studies
    The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in the Khumbu Region of Nepal: Implications of Hydrological Modification
    Supervisor: Dr. James Ford
    Nominated by the Department of Geography
  2. Frank Kachanoff, B.Sc. hon. Psychology
    Meat as Aggression-Eliciting Stimuli: an Evolutionary Consideration
    Supervisor: Prof. Donald Taylor
    Nominated by the Department of Psychology

Mathematical and Computational Sciences

  1. Alexander Kawrykow and Gary Roumanis
    A Human Computing Framework For Comparative Genomics
    Supervisor: Prof. Jerome Waldispuhl, Prof. Mathieu Blanchette
    Nominated by the School of Computer Science
  2. Cyndie Cottrell
    Perfect Matchings and Shuffling
    Supervisor: Prof. Jacques Hurtubise, Dr. Ben Young
    Nominated by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Medical Sciences

  1. Joshua Gillard
    Development of an oral live vaccine against Leishmaniasis using ALR knockout Lactococcus Lactis
    Supervisor: Dr. Benoit Cousineau
    Nominated by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  2. Cedric Doucet
    The effects of estrogen depletion on Aβ-mediated nitrosative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in microglia
    Supervisor: Dr. Dusica Maysinger
    Nominated by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Physical Sciences

  1. Adam Bouchard Non-Contact Liquid Addition and Metering into a Centrifugal Microfluidic Device
    Supervisor: Dr. E. Salin
    Nominated by the Department of Chemistry
  2. Jean-Benoît Lalanne
    Preparation and Characterization of Iridium Tips for Scanning Probe Microscopy
    Supervisor: Prof. Peter Grütter
    Nominated by the Department of Physics