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Student research showcase


Thursday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Opening remarks at 10 a.m.)


Business and Information Technology Building, first-floor atrium and second-floor mezzanine. This building is situated at UOIT's north Oshawa location and is also known as the UB Building.   

What is the Student Research Showcase? 

The Office of the Vice-President, Research, Innovation and International hosts this event every August to bring UOIT undergraduate students together to present and discuss the research projects they have been working on with faculty supervisors throughout the year. The day will begin with a poster competition and booth showcase, followed by lunch for all guests. The afternoon portion features a guest speaker presentation and 3MT® presentations. A Best Poster Award will be presented to one poster from each faculty when winners are announced at the end of the event. 

Additional information

  • Agenda
  • Who can attend?

    Everyone! This event is open to all students, prospective students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, community members and industry partners who wish to attend. Please RSVP to by Tuesday, August 9.

    Undergraduate students working on a research project between September 2015 and August 2016 under the supervision of a UOIT faculty member are invited to participate in the showcase by presenting a poster. 

  • Why you should participate

    Presenting your research poster at the Student Research Showcase will give you the opportunity to meet faculty members, gain feedback on your research from a variety of informed sources, and generate contacts with other researchers and industry partners who will be at the showcase. Making these connections will help undergraduate researchers learn how to compete in a poster competition and make contacts for potential collaborations. 

    Undergraduate students working on a research project between September 2015 and August 2016 under the supervision of a UOIT faculty member are invited to present a poster. 

    Note: All undergraduates who received an internal Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC or STAR awards) must participate in this event.

  • Downloadable Poster Abstract Form - due August 9 at 4 p.m.

    Students who wish to participate in the poster presentation must submit a Poster Abstract Form to by Tuesday, August 9 at 4 p.m. 

  • Guest speaker biography

    Natascha Kozlowski, MPH 
    Director of Research, Lakeridge Health
    Presentation title: Cultivating Research at the Community Hospital

    Natascha Kozlowski has worked in clinical research for more than 16 years, and has a background in epidemiology, public health and business administration. Prior to joining Lakeridge Health, she worked at the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC) in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario as well as the Pulmonary Centre at Boston University School of Medicine. Natascha is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Ontario Institute for Technology (UOIT). She has experience in both academic and private clinical research settings, managing clinical trial units, building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, and developing strategic business directions and promoting innovation.  

  • 3MT® presenters

    Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in just three minutes. UOIT's 2016 3MT® final competition was held on March 23 and was facilitated by the Office of Graduate Studies. 

    The afternoon portion of the 2016 Student Research Showcase will feature presentations by four previous contestants in the competition. 

    Presenter name

    Presentation title

    Mohamed Aboughaly, UOIT 3MT® 2016 contestant 

    Conversion of thermoplastic waste to oil products in a pyrolysis reaction utilizing clean energy plasma gasifiers

    Shahrzad Pezhman, UOIT 3MT® 2016 finalist

    Effect of gymnastics on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Megalai Thavakugathasalingam, UOIT 3MT® 2016 winner; Provincial 3MT® 2016 contestant

    Reconstructing childhood cancer: A young adult’s experience

    Michael Williams-Bell, UOIT 3MT® 2015 winner; Provincial 3MT® 2015 contestant; UOIT 3MT® 2016 coach

    Development of a serious game to evaluate and train cognitive decision making

  • Frequently asked questions

    I am an undergraduate student doing research at UOIT for the summer but I attend another university during the school year. Can I still participate in the Student Research Showcase?

    Yes! As long as you were enrolled as an undergraduate student at a university during the previous academic school year and the research you wish to present was supervised by a UOIT faculty member, you may participate in the university's Student Research Showcase.

    I did research at UOIT during the previous school year but I have since graduated. Can I still participate in the Student Research Showcase?

    Yes! As long as you were enrolled as an undergraduate student during the previous academic school year, you may participate in the university's Student Research Showcase.

    Are UOIT graduate students allowed to participate in the Student Research Showcase?

    This event focuses on research activities at the undergraduate level. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies if you are interested in participating in similar events for graduate students.  

    The members of my research group are from different faculties. Should we list them all on the Poster Abstract Form?

    No, please only list the faculty of the Poster Presenter who will be the group representative/contact person. Your poster will be displayed with other posters from the same faculty.

    I worked on two different research projects last year. Can I submit more than one poster?

    Yes, you may present more than one poster; however, you must complete a Poster Abstract Form for each poster you would like to present. Where possible, you may wish to have another member of your research team act as the Poster Presenter for one of the posters so he or she can adequately represent your poster to the judges and other interested viewers without trying to be in two places at once. Please see Information for poster presenters for further details on requirements for presenters.

    How do I create my poster for the Student Research Showcase?

    The easiest way to create a poster is in Microsoft Publisher. You can change the dimensions of a single page so it is poster-sized (in Page Setup, use a maximum width of 42 inches and a maximum height of 36 inches because the maximum poster size allowed is three-and-a-half feet by three feet). Use text boxes to separate different ideas and tables. There are several posters displayed in the hallways on the fourth floor of the Science Building if you would like to see some examples. Your supervisor should be able to provide guidance regarding content and tips on how best to display the information. Please see Information for poster presenters for further details on dimensions of your poster and where you can have your poster printed.

    What poster dimensions should I use?

    Your poster should be no larger than three-and-a-half feet wide by three feet high (42 inches by 36 inches).

    I no longer live in Oshawa but I would like to present a poster. Will UOIT reimburse me for travel expenses to come and present at the Student Research Showcase?

    Unfortunately, the Office of Research Services cannot provide funds for travel expenses incurred by students presenting at this event. All travel expenses are the student’s responsibility.

    How will the posters be hung up? Do I need to bring my own pins?

    Poster boards will be set up in the Business and Information Technology Building, first-floor atrium and second-floor mezzanine. You will receive push pins when you register for the event.

    What exactly is involved in the poster presentation? Will I need printed copies of the final reports? Do I really have to present, or does it simply involve responding to questions from interested viewers?

    During the poster presentations you will be expected to stand by your poster and explain your research to anyone who approaches you. It is a good idea to practice what you will say. Some people may expect you to give a short verbal presentation, similar to the abstract you provided on your Poster Abstract Form, that provides an overview of what you did and why. In addition, they may ask follow-up questions. You are not required to bring any printed materials aside from your poster.

    How will the posters be judged?

    All posters will be judged in comparison to other posters submitted by Poster Presenters in the same faculty. Each faculty will have two judges reviewing posters. The judges may or may not choose to divide the entries within their faculty; therefore, you might be judged by both or only one judge during the competition. Poster Presenters must be available to talk to the judges and provide information on their poster during the allotted times. 

    Will the Office of Research Services cover the cost of printing posters?

    No, the Office of Research Services will not cover these costs for participating students. Students are advised to discuss these costs with their faculty supervisors.

    If I am presenting a poster at the event as part of a research team, should all team members submit a Poster Abstract Form?

    No, there should only be one Poster Abstract Form submitted per poster. All research team members should be listed on the one form. The form will ask teams to identify one person as the Poster Presenter so he or she can act as the main contact and register the poster the morning of the event.

    If I am listed as the Poster Presenter on the Poster Abstract Form, do I have to be the one to represent my poster for the entire afternoon?

    No, any member of your research team can represent your poster to the judges and any other interested viewer. Members of your research team may wish to take turns standing by your poster during the afternoon or you may want to designate one person as the main representative based on who has the most knowledge of the research project – it is up to you and your research team to decide.

  • Information for poster presenters
    • Submit your completed Poster Abstract Form to by Tuesday, August 9 at 4 p.m.
    • To fit on the display boards provided at the event, posters must be no larger than three-and-a-half feet wide and three feet high (42 inches by 36 inches).
    • Your faculty supervisor can provide useful advice on how to create your poster and how best to display the content.
    • Local stores where posters can be printed:
      • Artist Den Print Studio (Student Centre, 905.622.4000)
      • Print Three (7 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, 905.720.2227)
      • Staples (410 Gibb Street West, Oshawa Centre, Oshawa, 905.404.4392)
      • The IDP Group (1097 Boundary Road, Oshawa, 905.571.3300) 
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