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Research and Scholarship Days continues to grow

Faculty Research and Scholarship Recognition Award recipients

For the first time, Mount Royal presented Research Recognition Awards to highlight the distinctive work of MRU faculty members.

Mount Royal University's annual Research and Scholarship Days continues to grow, this year spanning nine days at the end of the 2018 winter semester. Nineteen events took place throughout the University's halls and presentation spaces from March 26 to 29 and April 3 to 9 to showcase and celebrate student and faculty research. Mount Royal was also honoured with the AshokaU Changemaker Campus designation at a ceremony in Boston on April 5.

A virtual launch introduced six emerging Mount Royal scholars, and new this year, Pop-Up Research got the community engaged hands-on.

"Congratulations to everyone who was celebrated during the events," says Michael Quinn, PhD and associate vice-president of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement. "Every student and faculty member who bravely shared their work contributed to enhancing our scholarly profile.

"This event is not only an opportunity to share our knowledge with one another, but also with our external communities."

 

 

More than 100 students contributed to the 49 poster and 22 oral presentations considered for the Deans' research awards. In addition, Science and Technology Research Day, Midwifery Capstone projects, Psychology 18 and Health and Physical Education Research Day featured dozens more student research projects.

Student Award recipients

Arts

Tied for first place

Shedding Light on Academic Procrastination: Individual Differences and a New Behavioural Measure
Students Adam Spenrath, Hailey Allegro and faculty member April McGrath, PhD (Psychology)

Service Delivery Models for Emergency Shelters: Seeking Best Practices for Shelter-Based Services for Women Experiencing Family Violence and Addictions

Student Margaret Bowles and faculty member Scharie Tavcer, PhD (Criminal Justice)

Runner up

The Effects of Dopamine on Reward Seeking
Student Alex DeBusschere and faculty member Karen Atkinson-Leadbeater, PhD (Psychology)

Health, Community and Education

First place

Diploma and Degree: A Faculty's Perspective
Students Macalyn Ahern, Brett Bairstow, Jade Ballance and Michelle Vetland (Child Studies)

Runner up

Social Media Memes and the Impact on Romantic Relationships (Child Studies)
Students Jenessa Taylor, Christian Garcia, Amara Lamb and Areum Yi

Bissett School of Business and the School of Communication Studies

First place

Our Own Worst Enemy: The Effect of Cognitive Heuristics on Belief in Misinformation
Student Connor Heuver (Business Administration - General Management)

Runner up

How Do We Make Decisions Under Uncertainty? Examining How a Tutorial Influences Gender Differences in Risk Propensity
Student Djordje Calic (Business Administration - Financial Analysis) and faculty member Harris Rubin, PhD (Department of General Management and Human Resources)

Special student awards

Institute for Environmental Sustainability: Sustainability presentation

Authors: Jamie Bootsma, Devin Dambrauskas, Madison Fennell and Brad Whyte, students from the Bachelor of Business Administration ― General Management, were awarded for their presentation, "Marine Pollution."

Bachelor of Business Administration Honours Thesis Award

Djordje Calic, Bachelor of Business Administration student, was awarded the Honours Thesis Award for his presentation titled How Do We Make Decisions Under Uncertainty? Examining How a Tutorial Influences Gender Differences in Risk Propensity.

In addition, congratulations to all the students who participated in Psychology 18 and were awarded at this event.

Science and Technology Research Day

The annual Science and Technology Research Day adjudicated and awarded students in the following categories:

Independent Research

Winner

Understanding the Human Cardiovascular System from a Biophysical Perspective Using a Mechanical Simulator
Student Jan Elaine Soriano and faculty member Manuel Diaz-Avila, PhD (Chemistry and Physics)

Runners up

Structural Controls on Epithermal Springs in Southeastern British Columbia
Student Connor Fornwald and faculty member Katherine Boggs, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Acute Hyperglycemia Decreases Neurovascular Coupling Magnitude in Healthy Females and Males
Student Zahrah Rampuri and faculty member Trevor Day, PhD (Biology)

Course-based Research (3000-4000)

Winner

The History of The Franciscan Complex and the Importance of Mélanges
Student Alexander Burn and faculty member Katherine Boggs, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Runners up

The Cold Pressor Test Causes Differential Regional Cerebral Blood Flow Responses In Hypercapnia but Not Hypocapnia
Student Scott Thrall anf faculty member Trevor Day, PhD (Biology)

Adaptation of a Microbial Fuel Cell to a Model Wetland System
Student Taylor Vodopija and faculty member Mathew Swallow, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Course-Based Research (1000-2000)

Winner

Trace Fossils of the Gog Group - Smoke from the Cambrian Explosion
Student Ryley Penner and faculty member Paul Johnston, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences

Runners up

Mississippian Brachiopods and Peculiar Tube Structures of the Lead Cove Region, Newfoundland
Student Adam Gutsche and faculty member Paul Johnston, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Form and Function of Prosopon in Devonian Trilobites from Draa Valley, Morocco
Student Daniel LeBoeuf and faculty member Paul Johnston, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Environmental Sustainability

Winner

Structural Controls on Epithermal Springs in Southeastern British Columbia
Student Connor Fornwald and faculty member Katherine Boggs, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Runners up

Adaptation of a Microbial Fuel Cell to a Model Wetland System
Student Taylor Vodopija and faculty member Mathew Swallow, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Comparison of a Crystallization Inhibitor and Gypsum Flushing for Treatment and Remediation of Brine Affected Soils
Sydney Davenport and faculty member Mathew Swallow, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Faculty Research and Scholarship Recognition Award recipients

For the first time, Mount Royal presented Research Recognition Awards to highlight the distinctive work of MRU faculty members.

"These awards are a very significant milestone for Mount Royal," says Quinn. "And, more importantly, highlights the significant impact MRU's faculty members have on our students and on our community through research."

The following professors were highlighted in five categories.

Career Achievement Award
Mark Lafave, PhD, Department of Health and Physical Education

Community Impact Award
Patti Derbyshire, PhD, Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation

Emerging Scholar Award
Sean Carleton, PhD, Department of General Education

Knowledge Mobilization Award
Cathy Carter-Snell, PhD, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Undergraduate Research Supervision Award
Trevor Day, PhD, Department of Biology
Kenna Olsen, PhD, Department of English, Languages and Cultures

AshokaU Changemaker campus designation awarded in Boston

Having received Ashoka "Changemaker Campus" recognition in July 2017, a Mount Royal delegation attended the awards ceremony in Boston to accept the formal designation on April 5.

Accepting the award on behalf of MRU, Lesley Brown, PhD, provost and vice-president, Academic congratulated her colleagues and said, "Universities have a special responsibility to address inequalities."

 

 

The Institute for Community Prosperity acknowledged the honour via Twitter "as recognition for the entrepreneurial, community-focused, world-changing post-secondary ecosystem in Calgary."

 

Learn what it means to be a changemaker.

Discover Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement at Mount Royal.

 

April 17, 2018 ― Marlena Cross

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