UGRS Presentation Program

The 2023 UGRS Presentation Program will be released in early March.

UGRS 2022 Presentation Program

For more previous UGRS presentations and abstracts please visit the UGRS Journal.

Welcome and Keynote Presentation | 9:00 - 10:00 

Block 1 | 10:00AM - 10:55AM 

Systemic Injustice and Surveillance States 

Moderator: Dr. Ahmed Al-Rawi (School of Communication)

Measuring License Plate Recognition Accuracy in Privacy-Preserving Image Analysis 

Korcan Uyanik 
School of Engineering Science

Negative Impacts of Workers Surveillance and Digitization: The Case of Amazon Warehouse Workers

Pranjali Jatinderjit Mann
Faculty of Communications, Art and Technology

The Plague in our Criminal Justice System: A Cross-National Analysis of Wrongful Convictions

Charlotte Taylor-Baer 
School of Criminology 

Convicting the Innocent: An Analysis of the Effects of Wrongful Convictions and Available Remedies 

Casandra Pacholski 
School of Criminology

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: An Analysis of Immigration Detention Practices in Canada and Germany 

Lea von Salzen
School of Criminology 

Judicial Response to the Claims of Systemic Racism in the Canadian Criminal Justice 

Kirat Kaur Chattwal
School of Criminology 

Sleep and Cognition 

Moderator: Dr. Molly Cairncross (Department of Psychology) 

The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on Sleep in Mouse Models of Alzheimer's Disease

Samantha Saw
Department of Psychology 

Faintly Tired: A Systematic Review of Fatigue in Patients with Orthostatic Syncope

Ryan Wu
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 

Sleep, Mental Health and Cognitive Performance of Young Adults 

Devan Gill 
Department of Psychology 

Sleep Deprivation and Motor Learning 

Stephanie U 
Department of Psychology 

Touchscreen Cognitive Testing in Rodents 

Taha Yildirim 
Department of Psychology

Enhancing Health from Infants to Elders 

Moderator: Dr. Rochelle Tucker (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Sex-dependent Effects of Preeclampsia on Birthweight and Mortality 

Jess Hercus 
Department of Biological Sciences 

Characterizing Phenotypes of Zombified Mesenchymal Stromal Cells 

Anthony Piccolo
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

Sound Event Detection and Recognition in Autonomous Robot Navigation 

Pouria Khodabakhsh 
School of Engineering Science

Prevalence and Characteristics of Compensatory Stepping Responses During Real-Life Falls in Older Adults 

Bianca Te
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 

shared positive emotions and child-father attachment in two small-scale societies 

Tristan Raymond
Department of Psychology 

Putting on a Show: Sports and Music 

Moderator: Dr. Paul Kingsbury (Department of Geography) 

Exploring the Impact of Engaging in Prosociality on Collegiate Athletes' well-being during the Transition to Retirement 

Angie Fan 
Department of Psychology 

A Pilot study: differences in flow state and flow disposition in jazz vs. classical musicians and their practice

Joy Lee-Shi
Department of Psychology 

can the arm-lock putting grip benefit golfers with focal dystonia or tremor?

Estee Leung 
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Alternative Methods for Chipping in Golf 

Todd Nelson
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 

Block 2 | 11:00AM - 11:55AM  

Promoting Inclusive Care and Access 

Dr. Simon Woodcock (Department of Economics)

Widening the Frame in Healthcare: Centering the voices of refugee and newcomer communities 

Shabnam Raufi 
Faculty of Health Sciences 

Exploring Physicians' experience with advance care planning with south asian older adults 

Avantika Vashisht 
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 

Butterflies in my chest: Investigating the physiological effects of a novel digital therapeutic intervention on critically ill patients with hyperactive delirium 

Matthew Mak 
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 

Improving the lives of post-secondary students with disabilities: breaking down barriers one step at a time 

Sophia Mincheva 
Department of Psychology  

Assessing and Responding to Risk 

Moderator: Dr. Sheri Fabian (School of Criminology)

analyzing the effect of mental illnesses on the sentencing outcomes for canadian youth under the YCIA 

Samantha Olsen 
School of Criminology 

A culturally-informed examination of risk factors for crime among Indigenous peoples 

Ashley Kyne 
School of Criminology 

exploring the latrogenic effects of interpersonal violence risk assessment 

Mikayla Isobe 
Department of Psychology 

Personality and involvement in gangs: membership, embededness, centrality and ties 

Stephanie Keith 
Department of Psychology 

does maltreatment and parent-child attachment predict teen dating violence and risky sexual behaviour?

Cassia McIntyre 
Department of Psychology 

Resistance and Resilience 

Moderator: Dr. Lorena Braid (Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry)

Biomarker identification in human mesenchymal stem and stromal cells 

Haider Bilal
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

Klebsiella pneumoniae's role in the "silent pandemic" of antimicrobial resistance 

Elizabeth Fung
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

Biotic resistance on muddy shores? Non-parasitic native barnacles parasitise a non-native snail 

Kiara Kattler
Department of Biological Sciences 

Relevance of colour polymorphism in the invasive tunicate Botryllus schlosseri when exposed to thermal stress and ocean acidification

Emily Leedham
Department of Biological Sciences

Assessing the Ability of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines to elicit antibodies against sars-cov-2 variants of concern 

Fatima Yaseen
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

Screen Break | 12:00PM - 12:30PM

Welcome Back | 12:30PM - 12:45PM 

Graduate Student Panel | 12:45PM - 1:40PM 

Demystifying Grad School: real experiences and Q&A

Ryland Shaw, School of Communication
Kesavan Thanagopal, Department of Philosophy
Jamie-Lynne Varney, Resource and Environmental Management 

BLOCK 3 | 1:45PM - 2:40PM 

Better Together 

Moderator: Dr. Sheri Fabian (School of Criminology)

Resistance and Resilience in the Era of Ecological Grief 

Sarah Law 
Department of Sociology and Anthropology 

The Emotional and Relational Correlates of Prosocial Fantasies 

Anurada Amarasekera
Department of Psyvhology 

Diffusion of Responsibility in Instances of Group Academic Dishonesty 

Noah Norton
School of Criminology 

Teamwork makes the dreamwork: A collaborative approach to documenting language development of Hul’q’umi’num’ children

Samantha Sundby 
Department of Linguistics 

Strength in numbers? Do European fire ants communicate and forage better in groups than on their own?

Kenza Zobaidi 
Faculty of Health Sciences 

Matters of the heart 

Moderator: Dr. Gail Anderson (School of Criminology) 

Developing a CRISPR-based prime editing workflow for human induced pluripotent stem cells to model cardiac arrhythmogenic TNNT2 variants 

Bal Ruprai 
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 

Using human-induced pluripotent stem cells to investigate a novel CPVT-related RyR2 variant 

Emmanuelle Ferron 
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 

Learning to identify deal breakers, relationship needs, conditions for healthy relationships, and needs conflicts in a relationship education workshop 

Michelle Korlacka 
Department of Psychology 

Novel Genetic Mutation in a Heart Protein leads to debilitating heart disease on young teen

Khola Bilal
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 

Young Adults Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Perceived Relationship Effects

Carissa Gauthier 
Department of Psychology 

Culture, identity, and independence 

Moderator: Dr. Nick Blomley (Department of geography)

Cooperative Consumerism: The Alaska Native Industries Cooperative Association and Alaskan Economic Dependence, 1953–1959

Anthony Hablak 
Department of History 

Bahala Nah!: Reflections on Health and Wellness among 1st and 2nd generation Filipino Immigrants in Greater Vancouver

Jocelle Refol
Faculty of Health Sciences 

Who is Canadian? Beauty standards and national identity among women of colour

Alejandra Margarita Tellez Espana
Department of Sociology and Anthropology 

(Re)Creating the Soviet Family: Material Realities of a Utopian Family Law, 1918-1936

Pourochista Rahmati 
Department of History 

Block 4 | 2:45PM - 3:40PM 

Mediated Discourses 

Moderator: Dr. Nick Blomley (Department of Geography) 

Media & Motherhood

Ana Brito
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Print Media and Public Opinion: Indigenous Child Removal in Saskatchewan 

Natasha Herrera 
Department of History 

The Portrayal of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Boys in News Media 

Simone Tardif 
School of Criminology 

Hidden Agendas: Media Coverage of the Overdose Crisis

Juliana Babic 
School of Criminology

“Love Isn’t Brains, Children, It’s Blood”: The Discourse of Lacanian Desire Surrounding Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer  

Elizabeth Giardin 
Department of English 

Crime, war, and violence 

Moderator: Dr. Stephanie Wiley (School of Criminology)

Catalytic Converter Theft: The Solution Requires Regulation 

Tyler Mierzwa 
School of Criminology 

Talking Heads: Forecasting Russian Aggression in ‘Frozen’ Separatist Conflicts

Michael Lenko 
Department of Political Science 

Prospects for Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Lessons from the M23 Rebellion

Lyle Whitfield 
Department of Political Science

Morphed, Entangled and United: Introducing the Hybridity of Radicalization in the COVID-19 era

Bomin Keum 
School of Criminology 

Designing the Future: Emerging Technologies and Innovation

Moderator: Dr. Simon Ford (Beedie School of Business)

Development of highly sensitive pressure sensor using 3D printed gyroid models

Chris Vattathichirayil
School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Compiling Fault-Tolerant Quantum Programs with Lattice Surgery 

George Watkins
School of Computing Science

Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of a New Piezo-/Ferroelectric Material for High Temperature Applications 

Svetlana Chen
Department of Chemistry

Synthesis, Characterization, Structural and Phase Analysis of Novel Antiferroelectric Solid Solution 

Yihan Lin
Faculty of Science

Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Quantum Paraelectric Modified Multiferroic Materials

Qi Deng 
Faculty of Science

Investigating Contact Interactions in Simulations of Unilateral Contusion Models of Simplified Non-Human Primate Spinal Cord Injury

Dexter Zamora 
School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering 

Closing Remarks | 3:45PM - 4:00PM

For a complete list of 2022 Participants please visit the UGRS Journal