Seven Brandon University students will be honoured for their summer research projects — the recipients of nearly $40,000 in awards.
A reception will be held Monday for the students who spent 16 weeks doing research under the direct supervision of a BU faculty member.
“This experience is definitely going to help me decide whether I pursue a master’s degree or move right into the workforce,” said Danielle Sharanowski, a third-year science student researching drug resistance.
The Undergraduate Student Research Awards are given annually to high achievers by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, to encourage graduate studies and research careers in the sciences.
The students share $31,500 from USRA, plus nearly $8,000 in awards from BU.
“Our university has a long, productive history of world-class research,” BU president Gervan Fearon said in a press release. “The NSERC Undergrad Awards help our students contribute to research projects that help all of us better understand our world and potentially affect the quality of life for members of the Brandon community and beyond.”
The research projects include understanding drug resistance and creating new synthetic materials to build better computers and medical diagnostic equipment.
Martin Lemaire, in the department of chemistry, has been working with two students to develop new materials that could revolutionize the electronics industry. He expects both students will be able to publish their work, a significant milestone for undergraduates.
“Publishing original research will really increase their opportunities for attending graduate school and receiving scholarships,” Lemaire said. “It’s certainly one advantage of the education experience at Brandon University.”
The public presentations will be held in the Louis Riel Room at Brandon University at 1 p.m. on Monday.
The students, supervisors and projects to be recognized are:
• Ryan Bergen, supervised by Dr. Margaret Carrington (physics): “Classifying Feyman Diagrams.”
• Katrina Cristall, supervised by Dr. Bernadette Ardelli (biology): “Vsg genes and antigenic variation in Cryptobia salmositica.”
• Danielle Dinsdale, supervised by Dr. Martin Lemaire (chemistry): “New hybrid conducting spin-crossover metallopolymers.”
• Lyndon Duff, supervised by Dr. Wendy Untereiner (biology): “Diversity of fungi associated with the western thatching ant.”
• Danielle Sharanowski, supervised by Dr. Bernadette Ardelli (biology): “Functional analysis of RNAi in Cryptobia salmositica.”
• Tara Steliga, supervised by Dr. Martin Lemaire (chemistry): “Preparation and solid state NMR properties of spin crossover metallopolymers.”
• Theresa Urichuk, supervised by Dr. Wendy Untereiner (biology): “Molecular characterization of fungi isolated from children’s sandboxes.”