SOUSCC46 celebrated undergraduate research at Wilfrid Laurier University

April 2018

Student volunteers made the conference a huge success! Photos by Kayla Samms and Dana Sowa.The 46th Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC46) was hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry on March 24, 2018 in Waterloo, Ontario.

Attended by more than 200 undergraduate researchers, graduate student volunteers, and academic and industrial representatives, the conference featured 32 poster presentations and 103 oral presentations in five symposia: Inorganic & Materials Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physical, Theoretical, and Computational Chemistry; Analytical Chemistry; and Biological & Medicinal Chemistry plus a General Session. The keynote address was delivered by Cathleen Crudden, professor at Queen’s University, who spoke about the importance of taking risks throughout one's career.

A total of 32 students presented their research during the poster session, in addition to 103 oral presentations.

Top photo: Student volunteers made SOUSCC46 a huge success! Bottom photo: A total of 32 students presented their research during the poster session, in addition to 103 oral presentations. Photos by Kayla Samms and Dana Sowa.

The conference organizers would like to thank all sponsors of the event, particularly the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) through its Chemical Education Fund, the volunteer judges, the small army of undergraduate student volunteers organized by the Laurier Chemistry Association (LCA) that made the conference such a success, and the undergraduate researchers who presented their work with pride and professionalism. Congratulations to all award winners! A photo gallery can be found at the SOUSCC46 website.

 

SOUSCC46 Award Winners

Analytical Chemistry

1st place: Baian Almusned, Western University

2nd place: Alexandra Deckert, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

3rd place: Abhilash Kavuru, York University

Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

1st place: Jessica Chorolovski, Trent University

2nd place: Evan Shepherdson, University of Waterloo

3rd place: Reta Bodagh, University of Toronto

4th place: Jeffrey Palumbo, University of Waterloo

Honourable mention: Ruqaiya Qureshi, York University

General Session

1st place: Menandro Cruz, University of Toronto

2nd place: Greg Yousif, University of Windsor

Honourable mention: Elida Bani, York University

Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

1st place: Jade Poisson, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

2nd place: Hlib Razumkov, University of Toronto

3rd place: Matthew McLaughlin, University of Windsor

4th place: Kathy Nguyen, University of Windsor

Honourable mention: Kyle Classen, Western University

Organic Chemistry

1st place: Jacklyn Liu, University of Toronto

2nd place: Scott Sammons, University of Guelph

3rd place: Michael Botelho, Western University

4th place: Lucas Kapeniak, Queen’s University

Honourable mention: Benjamin Bridge, Western University

Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

1st place: Sydney Legge, Western University

2nd place: Maya Olechnowicz, Western University

3rd place: Ruben Mirzoyan, University of Toronto

4th place: Xinyu (Linda) Ye, Western University

Poster Session

1st place: Nina Farac, University of Toronto

2nd place: Luke Kyne, University of Toronto

3rd place: Yuelang Chen, University of Toronto

Honourable mention: Michael Fish, Wilfrid Laurier University