BPK Research Day 2021

April 09, 2021

Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for Research Day. Abstract Submissions are closed.

Attendees must register through Airmeet, including those who previously registered via SurveyMonkey

3-Minute Thesis and Science Communication Contest entries are now open! Entries are due by April 6th, 2021 @ 11:59PM

The BPK Research Day Organizing Committee is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 11th Annual BPK Research Day. The event will be held virtually on Friday, April 9th, 2021 through Airmeet and SpatialChat.

Research Day is an opportunity to showcase the excellent research in our Department. All trainees involved in research within BPK, either at the post-doctoral, graduate, or undergraduate level (honours thesis, directed studies, USRA, co-op, etc.) are encouraged to participate. Sessions include: oral presentations, three-minute thesis competition (3MT), poster competition, and the science communication contest.

We invite submissions reporting on research at various stages of completion, including proposed research, in-progress research, and completed research. Note that specific selection criteria for oral presentations are outlined below. 

Research Day 2021 Program Booklet

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Mentor-Mentee Session

The mentor-mentee session will feature graduate students and faculty in BPK in a casual and interactive discussion on Spatial Chat (from 13:15 to 13:45 PST, occurring over lunch) on Research Day. Check it out to learn more about graduate studies and careers in research!

Our panel includes:

  • Ashley Kwon, MSc.
  • Brooke Hockin, PhD candidate
  • Max Donelan, BPK Department Chair

Please complete the 5-minute Google Form to help us collate questions beforehand to capitalize on our time on the day of the event.

If you have questions regarding the event, please contact Nicole Whittle (, Ananya Sridhar (, Milad Hafezi (

Oral Presentation Session

In this session, four researchers will have ~15 minutes to present their exceptional research. PhD students are reminded that giving an oral presentation can count as one of the required seminars for the PhD degree.

If you are awarded an oral presentation, you will not be allowed to present the same work as a poster or 3MT. If you would like to present a poster on different work, you may indicate so by submitting an additional abstract or title through a separate survey (by February 26th). 

If you are not awarded an oral presentation, you will not be given a 3MT. Only those that initially applied for a 3MT will be offered one (indicated in the survey). However, you will be offered the opportunity to present the original abstract as a poster. 

Selected oral presenters - please refer to the information package for more details. 

Poster Presentation Competition

Trainees will compete within their degree program by presenting their research poster to two judges. Prizes will be awarded for top presentations in each degree program. 

To be considered for a poster presentation, trainees must submit an abstract and adhere to all the instructions provided in the survey (i.e., abstract body max. 300 words). In order to also be considered for the 3MT competition, your abstract title must differ from your 3MT title.

Selected poster presenters - please refer to the information package for more details. 

Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

The deadline for contest entries is April 6th, 2021

Building on the success of the past three years, the three-minute thesis competition is back! This is a chance for researchers to present their work, whether in progress or complete, in a creative and succinct manner (i.e., one slide, no animations). Prizes will be awarded for top presentations. 

This year, we anticipate space for ~12 presenters. To be considered for a 3MT presentation, trainees must submit a title through the survey (no abstract required). In order to also be considered for the poster competition, your 3MT title must differ from your abstract title.

Contact Olivia Aguiar ( if you are interested in participating in the 3MT competition.

3MT presenters - please refer to the information package for more details.

Science Communication Contest

The deadline for contest entries is April 6th, 2021

In this event, trainees will choose one of three submission types, each requiring a non-traditional, creative portrayal of their research project for a lay audience. Participation in groups is welcome - and highly encouraged!

You do not have to submit an oral or poster presentation for Research Day to enter the SciComm contest. Submissions will be displayed at Research Day. Prizes will be awarded to the submissions with the most votes.

Please contact Olivia Aguiar ( and Erin Williams ( for submission instructions.

SciComm presenters - please refer to the information package for more details.

We look forward to seeing you on April 9th and learning more about the exciting research going on in BPK!

Scavenger Hunt

11 words are scattered across Research Day related content (synchronous and asynchronous). All you need to do is find the 11 words, note the location of each word, and put them together to form the quote! Submit your completed scavenger hunt form (located in the Program Booklet) to our organizer, Farhaan, on Airmeet or e-mail (

The winner has choice of either a yellow dog prize package or a $50 e-gift card.

Check out your first clue of the scavenger hunt right here in this post! 


Join us at 7 pm PST on the evening of Research Day for a Trivia Night hosted on SpatialChat.

Provide your team name, as well as the names and e-mail addresses for each team member in the Google link below. Each team will have a maximum of seven members. Please make sure your Team Captain is highlighted blue.

No team? No problem! Sign up on the Google link and we will connect you fellow BPK members.

Trivia Sign-Up

The link for SpatialChat will be sent on Research Day (~5 pm PST) to those who have signed up for the event.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team!