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2018-2019 Winners

Julia Phillips and Jaime Bellows, 2019 Group Award WinnersJulia Phillips, Jaime Bellows, Group Award - "Perceived Accessibility in City of Calgary Recreation Facilities: A Comparison Between People With and Without Accessibility Needs"
Jaime and Julia are both Health and Physical Education students passionate about physical activity and creating a society where everyone has the opportunity to participate.The pair incorporated their interest and knowledge of disability, accessibility, and inclusion into their PHYL 5300 capstone project. They made the decision to focus on how people with and without accessibility needs perceive built environments once they realized there wasn’t research on this particular topic. Jaime and Julia contacted the City of Calgary who confirmed that they didn’t currently have this type of data and expressed interest in accessing their final results.

 

Tim Kenny, Senior Award -  IndigiComms: Using Decolonization, Power Studies and Indigenous Methods to Inform Post-Modern Communications Practice & Scholarship
Tim Kenny, 2019 senior award winner
Tim is a Communications Studies student who came across publications on mainstream media representations of Indigenous issues, which started him down a path of pursuing many sources on this topic and led him to a capstone project for his COMM 44851 class. Course instructor Dr. Chaseten Remillard helped him incorporate critical commentary on things he has personally experienced. Tim has said that his hope is for future Indigenous academics to refer to his work as a type of wayfinding to help navigate similar situations. The committee was particularly struck by the diverse and carefully chosen academic and contemporary research sources, from multiple fields of scholarship, that supported Tim’s argument about the power of communications that can serve to enact meaningful and reconciliatory change in Canada.

 

Kalindra Walls, Junior Award - Structural and functional musculoskeletal implications of patients with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Kalindra Walls, 2019 junior award winnerKalindra dedicated herself to learning about hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome through extensive research processes. There were moments when she was overwhelmed and discouraged but instead of giving up, she took the initiative to meet with Librarian Cari Merkley who introduced her to specific tools and research strategies. Once she decided to focus on musculoskeletal implications, Kalindra was faced with 60-70 articles with content she didn’t understand. Enter her supervisor on this project and Health and Physical Education instructor Dr. Jared R. Fletcher who helped her to to develop a better understanding of the topic. The quality and relevance of primary sources Kalindra referenced, along with her remarkable journey to come to a better understanding of this connective tissue disorder is what impressed the committee.

 

 

2017-2018 winners

2017-2018 group award winners

Group Award winners (left to right) - Leah Mann, Scott Thrall, and Brittney Herrington

Brittney Herrington, Leah Mann, and Scott Thrall, Group Award - “The Effects of Changes in CO2 During a Superimposed Cold Pressor Test on Regional Brain Blood Flow Regulation”

This project emerged from a simple discussion between the three students and mutual interest of applied human physiology. Following their own preliminary research, these classmates set out to learn how perturbations in blood pressure and CO2  in the body can affect brain blood flow. Once their research direction was set with a hypothesis, critical analysis and regular consultation with their supervisor and other researchers, they could integrate their findings into a cohesive summary.They have said this experience gave them a taste of what it’s like to do “real science” and taught them the intricate steps involved with leading, crafting, researching, and presenting a research project.

 

Shaelynn Zouboules, Senior Award - “Acid-Base Compensation During Incremental Ascent to High Altitude”

Shaelynn Zouboules​Shaelynn visited the Mount Everest base camp in Nepal as part of a research expedition to explore the physiological effects of high altitude ascent on lowlanders. Upon her return, she realized there were few publications that investigated the renal response during a real-world trekking scenario, which led her to ask: how do the important renal responses to acid-base disruptions change during incremental ascent to high altitude?
Through excellent search techniques and the use of our interlibrary loan system, Shaelynn was able to connect with information to help her investigate her research questions. Throughout the research process she also learned the importance of identifying specific elements in a source to determine its strength.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewell Gapasin, Junior Award - “Archelon ischyros: The King Turtle from the Cretaceous Period”

Jewell Gapasin

When confronted with choosing a topic of interest for a paleontology research paper, Jewell took a week to ponder options then settled on an extinct animal.
Archelon—the extinct and massive sea turtle—became the subject of the paper, which focused on the reptile’s environment, adaptability, cause of extinction, and closest living relative.
With the guidance of her professor (Robin Cuthbertson) and a session with Environmental Sciences Librarian, Brian Jackson, Jewell was able to find journal articles and other supporting information, and deploy that information in support of her topic. The feat was not without challenges, but the process ultimately taught Jewell that there is no singular path to approach and disseminate research.