BU students recognized for outstanding research presentations

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BRANDON, Man. – Four Brandon University (BU) students are the first-ever BU Senior Colloquium award recipients.

Art of a presenter standing behind a podium, while three audience members look onThe Colloquium, which was first held in 2009, features presentations from third- and fourth-year students on their research, covering a wide range of topics. The event included a new twist this year as funding from the offices of the Dean of Arts and the Dean of Science supported four awards worth $250 each. Judges attended the Colloquium and assessed the quality of both the research and the ability of the student to explain their scholarship to a varied audience.

Out of a field of more than 30 presentations, Carrie Bergen, Brooklyn Friesen, Matt MacDonald and Jennifer Dauphinais have been recognized as this year’s award recipients.

  • Bergen delivered “Identification of the Immunomodulatory Potential of the ‘Wonder Drug’ Ivermectin,” a paper based upon her Biology undergraduate theses for Dr. Bernadette Ardelli.
  • Friesen’s presentation “The Sexualization of Demonic Possession and Exorcism in Early Modern Europe,” was based on an essay written for Dr. David Winter in his course The History of the Devil.
  • MacDonald was recognized for “The Dracillian Breed, or Flight of the Grypis,” written for Prof. Dale Lakevold’s Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing: Science Fiction and Fantasy.
  • Dauphinais presented “A Dying People: Medical Racism, ‘Indian’ Tuberculosis, and Canada’s Shame,” based on an essay written for Dr. Emma Varley in The Anthropology of War and Violence.

“More than 50 students took part in this year’s Colloquium, and I was very impressed by the research, writing and presentation skills that they displayed,” said Dr. James Naylor, a member of the organizing committee. “Our undergraduate students benefit greatly from the opportunity to share and present their research to their peers. The experience that they acquire will serve them well both academically and in their careers after graduation. I thank all of those who have participated in the Colloquium, and I hope that their success encourages even more students to take part in the future.”


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