On Thursday, August 11 Lassonde hosted So You Think You Can Research? the first ever pan-university summer undergraduate research conference. The conference featured students who are currently working on research projects with faculty from the Lassonde School of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Schulich School of Business and Faculty of Health.
The goal of the conference was to prepare the students for conference environments they will encounter in their future careers. The conference was also an opportunity for students to showcase some of the incredible research they have been doing throughout the summer.
The all-day conference featured nine undergraduate student presentations where students discussed the findings of their summer research, while another 55 presented using posters and digital presentations.
Lassonde students' research was funded by both NSERC and LURA (Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award), a Lassonde research fund designed specifically for undergraduate research.
However, students from multiple programs at York participated in the conference, funded by a number of Faculties and the office of VPRI.
"This conference is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate undergraduate scholarship, innovation and creativity," said Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Spiros Pagiatakis.
Judges from each faculty evaluated the presentations based on specific criteria including the quality of the content, presentation and discussion.
170 guests attended the conference, engaging with students and learning more about their research.
"It's wonderful to see our undergraduates engaged in exciting frontline science, and inspiring to learn how meaningful these research opportunities are for enhancing their learning experience at York," said Ray Jayawardhana, Dean of Science.
Poster Presentation Winners
First Place: Joel George & Amanda Jass. Characterization of the FRQ-less Oscillator System in Neurospora Crassa Using Oxidation and Reduction Cycles of Peroxiredoxin as a Biological Marker of Circadian Rhythms. (Science- Biology) Supervisor: Patricia Lakin-Thomas
Second Place: Yosef Bisk. Monte Carlo Methods for Pattern-Avoiding Permutations. (Science- Mathematics) Supervisor: Neal Madras
Third Place: Cristofaro Timpano. Passive Micromixing via the Use of Multi-orientation Microbridges. (Lassonde- Mechanical) Supervisor: Pouya Rezai
Students' Choice Award: Juan Guzman. Micro-Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer (SHS) UAV Payload. (Lassonde- ESSE) Supervisor: Regina Lee
Honourable Mention: Parastoo Baghaei Ravari. On-chip Spirometer. (Lassonde- EECS) Supervisor: Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh
Honourable Mention: Ashraf Altesha. Sequencing and Transcript Localization of GPA2/GPB5 in the Blacklegged Tick Ixodes Scapularis. (Science- Biology) Supervisor: Jean-Paul Paluzzi
Honourable Mention: Bita Yousefi Pihani. Influence of BioStremes on Biological Wastewater and Sludge Treatment Processe. (Lassonde- Civil) Supervisor: Ahmed Eldyasti
Oral Presentation Winners:
First Place: Boris Barron. Investigation of Allan Variances of Homebuilt Diode Lasers. (Science - Physics) Supervisor: Anatharaman Kumarakrishnan
Second Place: Semi Hasaj. COTS Star Imager for Nanosatellite Applications. (Lassonde - ESSE) Supervisor: Regina Lee
Third Place: Mohammed Kagalwala. Mechanical Design of the Fabry-Perot Spectrometer for Balloon Flight. (Lassonde - ESSE) Supervisor: Jinjun Shan
Students' Choice Award: Semi Hasaj. COTS Star Imager for Nanosatellite Applications. (Lassonde - ESSE) Supervisor: Regina Lee