DEADLINE: July 11, 2018


It’s time to submit your abstracts! If you would like to sign up for the Lassonde Undergraduate Summer Student Research Conference on August 16, 2018 you need to submit an abstract by July 11 2018 at 11:59pm sharp.


1. Work with your supervisor to develop your abstract
2. Requirements for the abstract: Max 1800 characters (including spaces)
3. An abstr act requires the following elements:

  • Introduction
  • Presentation of the question or problem you are solving (hypothesis)
  • Outline of methodology
  • Results
  • The significance or impact of your results

Example abstract (Last Year’s Winner)

Development of a Multi-Size Monodispersed Microdroplet Generation & Sorting Device
“The objective of the project was to develop a novel microfluidic technique that can generate monodispersed microdroplets of various sizes simultaneously in a controllable high-throughput manner. As various scientific fields trend towards miniaturization, the development of nanoliter and picoliter droplets as reaction vessels is proving rather useful; especially in disease diagnosis and drug discovery. The basis of this research project was to achieve droplet generation by harnessing the controlled motion of a microneedle, via the delivery of the dispersed phase fluid, inside of a microchannel, carrying the continuous phase, and using the shearing effect at the needle tip as the source of droplet generation. My research initially focused on the creation of the design and its respective 3D model using SolidWorks followed by the fabrication of the device and the respective PDMS channel(s). To achieve the designated needle tip motion, a 4-bar mechanism was used to convert rotary motion of a motor to the near-linear arc motion of the needle-tip. The relation between the motor and needle-tip speed was solved mathematically and then programmed using Aduino, which allowed for rather accurate knowledge of a needle tip location in–channel and accurate control of needle-tip speed. The overall design allows generation of droplets across the width of the channel while the continuous phase flow carries microdroplets away from the tip of the needle. In essence, this added a new dimension to droplet generation beyond controlling pressure of dispersed and continuous phase liquids, as typically present in a T-junction; as well as allowing multiple sizes to be generated simultaneously. This technique can be the foundation for a commercial product which is both more dynamic and versatile, when compared to current devices, and may be used for a variety of applications in life sciences, chemistry and medicine.”

Abstract Workshop:

Date: June 26, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Bergeron 313

"How to Write an Abstract"

Workshop mediated by graduate students Catheryn Ryan and John Aggrey.

This workshop will teach the LURA, USRA, and Mitacs Globalink summer research students different tips on how to write effective abstracts. It is important for students to attend as whether they will deliver an oral presentation or create a poster will be judged based off of their abstract submissions.

Pizza and drinks will be served.


The schedule for this year’s conference will be available shortly. To get an idea of the event was organized last year, please visit the following links:


Poster vs Oral presentation:
If you wish to be considered for an oral PowerPoint presentation, please indicate this by checking the appropriate box in the submission form. A committee will select the abstracts that will be presented orally. There will be up to 5 slots available for talks. IF you are selected for an oral presentation you will not need to present a poster.

Selection criteria for oral presentations:
The selection committee understands that you will only have done half of your projects by now, so they will not judge you on your obtained results. Instead, they will use the following criteria:

  • Well-written abstract
  • Well-defined project
  • Well-described significance/impact of anticipated results

Oral presentation:
PowerPoint presentation of 10 minutes + 5 minutes of questions.


Maximum height: 120 cm
Maximum width: 100 cm
The poster session will be 90 minutes. You are expected to present your poster in 10 minutes to judges and others who stop by. You will likely give your presentation a couple of times during your session.

There will be prizes for best posters and best talks.

Presentation workshop:

Date: July 30 2018
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Bergeron 217

"How to Make an Effective Presentation"

Workshop mediated by Franz Newland from Earth and Space Science and Engineering.

This workshop will be helpful for all students, irrespective of whether or not you are presenting a poster or a PowerPoint presentation. You will be brainstorming about how to best present the research you are currently working on: this includes identifying your audience, your key messages, the impact of your research etc.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

Students will be able to register for the workshop during the abstract submission process.



  •  Clear and concise introductionto topic and problem of study
  •  Description of objectives, methodology, data, etc.,  communicating work performed but without unnecessary details
  • Qualitative and/or quantitative results, analysis and discussion
  • Focused and meaningful conclusions


  • Adherence to time constraints and other instructions
  • Clarity of voice, enthusiasm, tone, mannerisms, dress, professionalism
  • Layout; clarity and effectiveness of visual aids


  • Ability to directly and correctly answer questions
  • Ability to promote discussion from presentation material