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Celebrating student research: summer research symposium

Sep 06, 2018

Research never stops at The King’s University. As a new semester starts, several students took time to share with their peers how they were able to use their King’s education in a practical way over the summer at this year’s Summer Research Symposium.

From measuring local air quality, to studying the recyclability of tires, to collecting data on tapeworms found in coyotes—students presented research from their work in the biology, chemistry, environmental studies, and computer science fields.

Strong academics and research are essential components of a King’s education and student presenters demonstrated this again through their experience working in research communities and forming partnerships with groups such as the TELUS World of Science, World Renew, and the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science.

 


Take a look at some of the abstracts below:

Improving Prenatal, Maternal, Infant, Young Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition Rates in Bangladesh - McKenzie Tilstra - Chemistry 4th year
Over 12 weeks, I participated in a long-term research project directed by World Renew in Bangladesh that aims to assess and improve community health and nutrition rates, specifically among mothers and children. There are a broad range of activities in this project including community health education and timed and targeted counseling of pregnant women and mothers of young children, as well as adolescent programs. Both qualitative and quantitative data is regularly collected from the beneficiaries in the project and is used to assess the progress and success of the project over time. So far, the project has shown preliminary success in improving stunting and malnutrition rates in infants and children.

Adapting to Digital Evolution - Shawn Ritter - Computer Science 2nd year
The way information is exchanged and shared continues to change and evolve over time. The digital age has furthered the rapid exchange of information across the globe and allowed for unprecedented speed and access to information. The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science has been working for years to share forward-looking and relevant information in meaningful ways. However, how that information is both provided and accessed has changed during the time that KCVS has been active. This summer KCVS resources underwent a complete overhaul. Efforts have been made to ensure that there a more cohesive method for delivering the information contained within our resources in a faster, more robust and user-friendly manner; with an emphasis on becoming mobile friendly.

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