BPK Research Day 2018 Recap & Gallery

April 12, 2018


The 9th Annual BPK Research Day was held on Friday, April 6th, 2018 in the Applied Sciences Building (Seminar Room 9896 and South Atrium) to highlight and celebrate the excellent research being conducted by our talented graduate and undergraduate researchers. The event was a success with over 115 attendees and 50 presentation submissions!

The day began with four outstanding oral presentations by students Karam Elabd (Robinovitch Lab), Brooke Hockin (V. Claydon Lab), Taylor McColl (Clarke Lab), and Javier Domínguez Zamora (Marigold Lab). Their presentations were followed by an informative keynote address, “Visual Analytics – An Introduction”, from Dr. Ronald A. Rensink, an Associate Professor in the departments of Computer Science and Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

The afternoon started off with an exciting three-minute thesis competition. Seven students impressively presented their work in just three minutes. Congratulations to Amanda Bakkum (Marigold Lab) on winning second place and to Jessika Porter (Wakeling Lab) for winning first place, as voted by the audience.

Following, two poster sessions were held in which 41 posters were presented, including 12 BSc, 14 MSc, and 15 PhD students. Fourteen judges (faculty members and post-doctoral fellows) donated their time to evaluate the posters: Angie Brooks-Wilson, Dave Clarke, Victoria Claydon, Sam Doesburg, Emma Hodson-Tole, Andy Hoffer, Vicki Komisar, Charles Krieger, Dan Marigold, Damon Poburko, Steven Reynolds, Amandio Vieira, James Wakeling, and Matt White. Congratulations to Sumara Stroshein (Brooks-Wilson Lab) for winning the best undergraduate poster presentation; Jacob Kemp (T. Claydon Lab) for the best MSc student poster presentation, and Vera-Ellen Lucci (V. Claydon Lab) for the best PhD student poster presentation. Additionally, congratulations to Ningning Cheung (T. Claydon Lab) for winning the APS Local Undergraduate Research Award in Physiology (LURAP) for her poster presentation.  

Lastly, the Trainee Image Contest returned this year with 12 excellent submissions. Congratulations to the BPK Anatomy Lab for winning second place and the Locomotion Lab for winning the best image with most captivating caption.

To make Research Day possible, the BPK Department, SFU Graduate Student Society, BPK Student Association, and BPK Graduate Student Association generously donated funds. Local companies also showed their support by donating door prizes; thank you to Azzi Hair Studio, CaliBurger, The Chopped Leaf, Menchies, Nature’s Garden, Nester’s Market, Pizza Hut, Quesada, Renaissance Coffee, Scotiabank, SFU Bookstore, and Uncle Fatih’s Pizza

Research Day was organized by the following committee members: Stephanie Maganja (Graduate Chair), Dawn Mackey (Faculty Chair), Emaan Abbasi, Tim Ainge, Amanda Bakkum, Thiago Bassi, Matthew Dorton, Natalie Heeney, Brooke Hockin, Vera-Ellen Lucci, Stephanie Ross, and Malcom Tremblay. Additionally, BPK Department staff, Clare Zheng and Sonya Hall, helped with event organization and communications. King Hang Chao managed the event A/V.


Three-Minute Thesis competition

1st Place:       Jessika Porter
2nd Place:     Amanda Bakkum


Poster Competition

Best BSc:        Sumara Stroshein
Best MSc:       Jacob Kemp
Best PhD:      Vera-Ellen Lucci
APS LURAP:  Ningning Cheung

Trainee Image Contest

1st Place: Locomotion Lab

2nd Place: BPK Anatomy Lab