Undergraduate Research Symposium 2022


Thank you to everyone who attended the event, and congratulations to our award winners!

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Prizes and other expenses were funded by the Interdepartmental Science Students' Society (ISSS) and Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG). 

Presentation awards Poster awards
First Place
Rebecca E. Sugars

First Place
Zhi Ying Kuan

Second Place
Imre Papp
Second Place
John Christy Johnson
Third Place
Heidi Nwosu
Third Place
Matthieu Zolondek


EURS 2022's Keynote featured Dr. Warren Cardinal-McTeague.

"A Weaving of Indigenous Science and Botanical Research"

Dr. Warren Cardinal-McTeague (Métis/Cree; he/him) is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, working at the intersection of botanical and Indigenous research. This keynote will summarize his journey through science, starting with museums-based plant systematics and evolution and growing into an interdisciplinary program monitoring plant biodiversity and ecosystem function. Along his path, Warren began to question the colonial foundations inherent in his scientific practice and then took steps to carefully incorporate Indigenous methodologies and worldviews into his work. His emerging research program hopes to further weave Indigenous and western scientific perspectives within botany and biodiversity research, primarily through the co-production of Indigenous-driven research questions, and by supporting Indigenous data sovereignty within biological collections.

  About Dr. Warren Cardinal-McTeague
Assistant Professor in Forest and Conservation Sciences,
University of British Columbia

Dr. Warren Cardinal-McTeague (he/him) is Métis and Cree from the communities of Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche in northeastern Alberta. He is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, and was most recently a Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa. As a botanist, his research weaves together plant biodiversity with methods in genomics, taxonomy, leaf spectroscopy, and remote sensing. He also examines how to enact Indigenous data sovereignty principles within biological collections, in an act to re-matriate Indigenous data and specimens, and protect Indigenous data from exploitation from digital open access. In the near future he aims to co-produce research with Indigenous communities at the nexus of food systems, environmental management, and capacity building/sharing of advanced technologies to further the self-determination of Indigenous Nations.