BPK Research Day 2019

April 05, 2019

The BPK Research Day Organizing Committee is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 10th Annual BPK Research Day. The event will be held Friday April 5th, 2019 at the SFU Burnaby Campus within Leslie & Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium.

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, URSA, co-op, etc.) are encouraged to participate. Sessions include: oral presentations, three-minute thesis competition (3MT), poster competition, and the trainee image contest.

All trainees involved in research within BPK, either at the post-doctoral, graduate, or undergraduate level (honours thesis, directed studies, URSA, co-op, etc.) are encouraged to participate.

Schedule:

8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome & Introductions

9:15 - 10:15 Student Oral Presentations (4x10 min talks with 5 min for questions)

10:15 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:45 Keynote address: Dr. Holly Andersen (45 min with 15 min for questions)

11:45 - 12:30 3MT competition (up to 12 students)

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch and Networking

2:00 - 3:30 Poster Session #1

3:30 - 5:00 Poster Session #2

5:00 - 5:30 Awards and Social (location TBD)

 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Holly Andersen

(10:45 am - 11:45 pm)

Using Mechanisms and Causation

I will discuss the idea of mechanisms and causation from the perspective of philosophy of science. The focus will be on how thinking about mechanisms, especially their structure and organization, can help with experimental research. Abstract conceptual tools like mechanisms facilitate thinking about experimental procedures, including how to set them up, how to draw justified inferences from the results, and in giving effective explanations. I will provide some useful distinctions from philosophical discussions of causation, causal modelling, and mechanisms, to show how these ideas can be used.

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Dr. Holly Andersen is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Simon Fraser University. She works in philosophy of science, especially on causation, causal modeling, and explanation in the sciences.

 

 

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.

To be considered for an oral presentation, trainees must submit an abstract and adhere to all the instructions provided in the survey (i.e., abstract body max. 300 words). As in previous years, ~3 faculty members will review and rank each of the submitted abstracts using the following criteria: 

1. is there evidence of a well-defined project;

2. is there evidence of a good body of data collected, analyzed, and interpreted; and

3. would the presentation be of interest to the department?

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 15th). 

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

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. 

Three-Minute Thesis  

Three-Minute Thesis Information and Instructions

  • Presentations will be just three minutes
  • Presenters are allowed one static slide (no transitions, no animations, no videos)
  • Slide size must be widescreen (16:9)
  • To be considered for a 3MT presentation, please submit a title through the survey (no abstract required)
  • Presentation time will commence when presenter starts speaking
  • Presenters will be notified when they have 1 minute remaining and 30 seconds remaining
  • All presentations must occur at the front of the room next to the screen
  • Presentations must only be spoken word
  • No additional props are permitted
  • No additional electronic media are permitted
  • No laser pointers or presentation remotes permitted

Trainee Image Contest

Click HERE to vote for your favourite image!

The deadline for image contest entries is Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The BPK Research Day 2019 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the return of the  Image Contest for this year’s BPK Research Day.

The Image Contest is a great opportunity for young and seasoned researchers to present their research in a creative way and have a little fun in the process. You do not have to submit an oral or poster presentation for Research Day to submit an image. All you need to do is submit an IMAGE with a CAPTION (as short as possible) that best illustrates your research. Images will be displayed during Research Day and attendees will vote for the winner! There are great prizes up for grabs and the winners will be announced on the day. 

Please follow this link to submit your image by March 22nd 2019. If you have any questions please contact Natalie Heeney at nheeney@sfu.ca. Please also note that submitted images will be credited and may be used in BPK promotional material, websites, social media, at events and on digital signage.

A poster with previous image submissions is attached if you need some inspiration. Remember to BE CREATIVE!!! (Dogs pictures are accepted and highly encouraged!)

On behalf of the BPK Research Day Organizing Committee, we look forward to receiving your submissions!

* Research Day 2019 Booklet.pdf
Click HERE for the 2019 BPK Research Day Booklet