On Thursday August 15, Lassonde hosted its fourth annual Undergraduate Summer Student Research Conference. Over 70 students showcased diverse research projects they’ve been working on throughout the summer, with five oral presentation and 53 poster exhibits under various research awards including:
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council: Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA)
Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award (LURA)
Research at York (RAY)
Mitacs Globalink Research Award (Mitacs)
Dr. James Wu Research Internship
This year the Lassonde Research Team committed to executing an event that was as inclusive and sustainable as possible. Using the Inclusion Lens, an event management tool designed to assist York University in engaging all peoples in events, we garnered insight, tips and processes that we could adopt, ultimately leading us to execute the most accessible, inclusive and safest iteration of the conference to-date.
Participants were actively encouraged to identify their preferred pronouns on their nametags and The Second Student Centre, where the conference took place, also promotes inclusivity, with gender-neutral washrooms on-site – a key factor in our decision to choose the space.
In addition to fostering a safe and open environment for attendees, our environmental impact was minimized by opting to serve the catered lunch on reusable dishes and cutlery and offering vegan, vegetarian and Halal options.
We would like to thank all 216 individuals who attended the conference for making it such a success and showing support to the students and faculty who have been working hard all summer long on their respective research.
Thank you to all participants, volunteers, organizers, judges and staff and sponsors, including the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation (VPRI). Without all of you this conference would not be possible.
We also wanted to give a special shout out to Computer Scientist, Dr. Konstantinos Derpanis who was the keynote speaker for the event. Derpanis having received his masters and PhD from the Lassonde School of Engineering.
Missed the event? Below is a re-cap of the award winners. Learn more about some of the student researchers and their innovative projects – which explore topics like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Geomatics Science, to name a few – here.