Submit your abstract


Deadline to submit is July 29th!

Please read the following information carefully:


In order to sign up for the conference on Aug 11 you need to submit an abstract (note – this is separate from the bio).

Please submit your abstract to by July 11, 9 am.


Requirements: Min 250 words, max 400 words.


Helpful hints: See “Hints on how to write an abstract” on page 2 of this document


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 8 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



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.


Oral presentation:

PowerPoint presentation of 10 minutes + 5 minutes of questions.



There will be prizes for best posters and best talks.


Presentation workshop:

We will host a workshop for you to learn how to present your research effectively.

July 21: 1pm – 4pm in Bergeron 217 (separate invitation to be mailed out shortly)



Hints on how to write an abstract


1.     Work with your supervisor to develop your abstract

2.     Requirements for this conference: 250-400 words

3.     An abstract 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


Last year’s winner (reprinted with permission):


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.