Event: Underwater Intervention Conference 2007
Student: Gina Doyle
Organization: Eastern Edge Robotics
Event Date: January 30 – February 1, 2007
Underwater Intervention is a marine technology conference held by the Marine Technology Society. It is three days long and is a combination of presentations from different speakers and poster displays from engineers, divers, scientists and industry professionals. Gina's robotics team won an international robotics competition at NASA this past June and was invited to present at this years conference. They prepared a 15 minute presentation about the process of building a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and traveling to NASA to compete against universities from across and the. They had the opportunity to talk with industry professionals about their education and job opportunities, to learn about marine technology and to tell others about their team, university and home province. They also had the opportunity to tour the historic city of New Orleans in the evenings.
Event: Organic Chemistry Conference
Student: Graham Bodwell
Organization: MUN Chemistry Society
Event Date: August 3-4, 2006
The first day of the conference started with the keynote speaker’s lecture. Dr. Mike Kerr (UWO) spoke about the synthesis of indole alkaloids. This was followed by student presentations and lunch at Bitters. There were more student talks in the afternoon and then a mini-golf tournament in Pippy Park . This was followed by a mixer at Bitters. The second day saw more student talks, lunch at Bitters and then the final session of student talks. A soccer game ensued and the conference concluded with a BBQ dinner.
Event: DSA Sports Conference
Organization: Business Class 2006
Student: Jordan Carroll
Event Date: March 29, 2006
DAS Sports Conference is a networking and conference style event designed to promote the Diploma of Sports Administration and sporting careers in general. The event was held in Montreal and featured many established people within the sports industry. The conference demonstrated many ways for individuals to begin their sporting careers and provided tips on how to make the path easier. Jordan learned a great deal from this conference and will be using many of the tips and advice offered in his job search after his graduation in May.
Event: Business Day 2006 - The Power of Passion
Organization: Business Day Committee
Date: March 24, 2006
Business Day, an annual tradition for the Faculty of Business, is a one day conference designed to educate, entertain and enlighten members of the local business community and Post Secondary students about the power of passion in business. A panel of motivational speakers presented their views on the importance of passion in life and business. The speakers included the Honourable Brian Tobin, Bill Barry, Judy Sparkes-Giannou, Debbie Hanlon and host Krysta Rudofsky. The conference also had a full breakfast, information fair and networking breaks so that students could network with members of the business community. The event is designed to promote Memorial's Business Faculty in the community specifically its students. Dr. Axel Meisen was also in attendance and gave greetings from the University. The event was held at the Fairmont Hotel and had over 280 attendees. The media was present and the conference was covered by Out of the Fog, the NTV Evening News, Here and Now, the Telegram and the Independent.
Event: Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
& Canadian Exploration Geophysicsts Society (KEGS) Breakfast
Students: Julie Smith, Daniel Brake, Adam Greening, Andrew
Moores, Carolyn Boone, Chad Garland
Date: March 5-8, 2006
The PDAC (Prospectors and Developers
Association of Canada) Convention was held March 5th to March 8th,
2005. This is the largest conference in the world relating to
mineral exploration. Workshops included mineral exploration methods
and technologies, the many successes in the exploration field, and
new opportunities in this industry, and there were also entails
tradeshows and numerous presentations and displays. It is a great
opportunity for Earth Science students, as well as Business
students, to make contacts and seek employment.
<!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><!--[endif]-->Two of these students, Julie Smith and Daniel Brake, attended a second conference during this time - the KEGS Geophysics Symposium. This was held on Saturday March 4th and is a technical session involving numerous presentations, offering an invaluable amount of information on the latest airborne geophysical techniques and their applications.
The last event was the KEGS PDAC Breakfast which was held on March 7th, 2006. Here students were given special recognition for the Scholarships they received, and had breakfast, followed by a technical presentation.
Event: Atlantic Universities Undergraduate Biology Conference
Student: Heather Young, Shannon Mackey
Event Date: March 3-5, 2006
Heather Young and Shannon Mackey arrived on Friday, in time to meet a few other students and register. The follow day Shannon presented his poster and Heather presented her talk, and they also attended many of the talks that day. There was a lunch and dinner with the conference, where they met numerous other students and a few professors. Following the banquet, many of the students met in the hotel lobby to discuss research projects and general experiences. On Sunday they attended more talks which were followed by a lunch/awards ceremony. Heather placed second in the AUUBC presentations, while their new friends from StFX (3 of which are attending MUN for their masters) placed first in the biology section, and second in the poster session. We later went out for dinner and relaxed before leaving on Monday. The most beneficial aspect of the experience was presenting and discussing research with fellow students.
Event: 26th Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English
Students: Matt Carroll, Lacy O'Connell, David Anderson, Rebecca LeDrew
Date: March 3-4, 2006
The Annual Atlantic English Undergraduate Conference is a scholarly and social event at which English Students from Atlantic Canadian Universities come together to not only present work and research they have done on issues pertaining to literature, but also to showcase their own universities as potential sites for other English student to further their careers. This March, Matt Carroll, Lacy O'Connell, David Anderson, and Rebecca LeDrew had the privilege of attending this conference.
The Conference was divided into 6 sessions,
each of which consisted of multiple rooms in which the conferees
took turns delivering their papers and research. The topics of
discussion ranged from symbolism, to film interpretation, to the
exploration of new storytelling media. As an unfortunate
consequence of having multiple rooms available in a session,
students had to pick and choose the sessions they wanted to see and
were thus unable to see them all. However, their ability to choose
from such a wide range of topics enabled them to cater the
conference schedule to their own interests.
Aside from the academic papers presented, there was also a creative writing aspect of the conference to showcase the other side of literature: its creation. Lacy presented her own piece of creative writing which was warmly received by the viewing conferees.
The social aspect of the conference was the best part, says Matt. Over the course of the weekend the four students made many friends, in the truest sense of the word. In particular, they were rather smitten with the conference organizers (who were good enough to show us around Charlottetown) and they also befriended the bands from Mt. Allison, CBU and UNB.
These students served the purpose as
ambassadors of Memorial above and beyond the call of duty both
through the academic rigor of their presentations and in their
sociability with delegates from other universities.
Event: Computer Science Games
Organization: Computer Science Games Team
Student: Sam Higdon
Event Date: March 3-5, 2006
The 2006 CS Games set a record with
the participation of 313 students from Quebec, Ontario, Nova
Scotia, Newfoundland, Pennsylvania and the state of New-York. The
group flew out of St. Johns well before dawn on Friday March 3rd.
The whole weekend was filled with competitions where students
competed using their knowledge of algorithms, computer programming
and more generally problem solving skills. The organizers were
students enrolled at ETS. They gave of their own time to volunteer
to make the CS Games possible this year. The competitions were
tough but their team managed to pull off 2nd place in the
Artificial Intelligence competition. They were up against stiff
competition all the way and finished a respectable 23rd of 33
Considering it was Memorial's second ever visit to the CS Games, they did
quite well. Students have already begun planning for next year when they
hope to send at least 2 teams. Some folks are organizing a practice schedule to start training their team member so that next year they can have a shot at the gold.
Event: The Mineral Exploration Cordilleran Roundup
Student: Lesley Stokes
Event Date: January 22-25, 2006
The Mineral Exploration Cordilleran
Roundup was held in Vancouver, British Columbia January 22, 2006
and continued onwards to the 25th. It consisted of numerous talks
based on the economic developments of exploration projects within
British Columbia, as well as exhibit rooms outlining the different
exploration companies and associations across Canada. Included in
these events, a poster session outlined both student, and
professional achievements in their recent projects. As an Earth
Science honors student at Memorial University, Lesley presented her
preliminary research findings during this poster session to much
success. During the evenings, functions were held to increase
student-industry networking. This allowed for students, like
Lesley, to meet and build contacts with professionals who are
seeking to employ students and recent graduates.
This conference had been an invaluable experience for Lesley. It gave her the opportunity to present her research to the scientific community, broadened her knowledge of the exploration industry and its networks, as well as new opportunities for employment when she graduates this coming April. Lesley strongly suggest that all students should attend conferences related to their studies, and when they go, be prepare by wearing nice, comfortable shoes and bring dozens of business cards!
Event: ACM Programming Competition
Organization: Computer Science Programming Team
Students: Jason Gedge, Shawn Wagner, Bill Thistle
Event Date: October 20, 2005
This year's ACM computing competition
and APICS conference was held at Acadia University during October
21 - October 23. The competition had teams from all over Atlantic
Canada competing against one another for a chance to proceed to
Rochester, New York for the regional semi-finals.
Besides the competition there were many presentations held for the APICS conference. These presentations dealt with projects that undergraduate students across Atlantic Canada are working on in Mathematics and Computing sciences.
The ACM Programming Competition pits
teams of three university students against eight or more complex,
real-world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Huddled
around a single computer, competitors race against the clock in a
battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance.
Teammates collaborate to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds, and build software systems that solve the problems under the intense scrutiny of expert judges. For a well-versed computer science student, some of the problems require precision only. Others require a knowledge and understanding of advanced algorithms. Still others are simply too hard to solve - except, of course, for the world's brightest problem-solvers.
Judging is relentlessly strict. The students are given a problem
statement - not a requirements document. They are given an example of
test data, but they do not have access to the judges' test data and
acceptance criteria. Each incorrect solution submitted is assessed a
time penalty. You don't want to waste your customer's time when you are
dealing with the supreme court of computing. The team that solves the
most problems in the fewest attempts in the least cumulative time is
declared the winner.
Event: North American Association for the Study of Obesity
Student: James Thorburn
Event Date: October 15-19, 2005
North American Association for the
Study of Obesity (NAASO) is an annual scientific conference, where
scientists present current research on obesity, and was held in
Vancouver this year. James attended this conference with his
supervisor, Dr. Guang Sun, to present some of the research on the
genetics of obesity completed in his lab. James presented a project
that he has been working on the past couple of years concerning the
role of a gene called MCHR1 and its potential role in obesity.
Initial results indicate the MCHR1 gene may be involved in the
regulation of LDL-cholesterol.