The USSU Undergraduate Symposium is an annual event highlighting the research, scholarly and artistic works of undergraduate students at the University of Saskatchewan.

From research posters to sculptures, presentations to musical numbers, community-engaged learning experiences to dramatic dialogues, FYRE projects, honours, Dean’s Projects, summer research: any type of work may be submitted! All research conducted within the past year (including projects that you’ve presented in class or at a department or college research day) are all eligible to be presented at the USSU Symposium.

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Symposium Event Photo, moderator speaking
Symposium Event Photo, group of students

USSU Symposium Winners 2023

Award Value Winner Project
Health Sciences Placement Awards
First Place $1000 Hya El-Baroudy An in vitro model of neuron degeneration and regeneration for screening neuroprotective agents
Second Place $600 Jacob Pilon The Effect of Inhibiting Cell Stress in an in vitro cellular model of Multiple Sclerosis
Third Place $400 Agnes Truc Nguyen Accurate quantification of total microbial load in microbiome samples using cpn60 quantitative real-time PCR
Natural Science & Engineering Placement Awards
First Place $1000 Alexa Arnyek Worming their way into the boreal: Earthworm invasion via bait abandonment in the Saskatchewan southern boreal forest
Second Place $600 Chi Vu VizSciFlow: Visually-Guided Scientific Workflow Management Framework
Third Place $400 Tarah Teixeira Higher-Dimensional Lie Algebras in Quantum Information
Social Sciences, Humanities & Fine Arts Placement Awards
First Place $1000 Jayleen Daigneault mihko-ahpikan
Second Place $600 Isha Noor A whole New World
Third Place $400 Stefanie Kiriazopoulos Management perspectives on burnout and work engagement in community pharmacy: A qualitative study of experiences, challenges, and opportunities
Additional Awards
The Vice-Provost’s Award in Indigenous Engagement Award $1000 Maia Houle & Dryden Clarke “Mixed” (music video)
Mayor’s & the University President’s Award in City-Building Award $500 Enactus University of Saskatchewan Re-colour
Signature Research Area Award $375 Estefan Cortes-Vargas Trans Equity for E-Health
The University President Award in Artistic Engagement $375 Maia Houle & Dryden Clarke “Mixed” (music video)
Sustainability & People $200 Jacob Pilon The Effect of Inhibiting Cell Stress in an in vitro cellular model of Multiple Sclerosis
Sustainability & Planet $200 Taya Koob Shining a light on bat activity: artificial light increases foraging activity of Lasiurus borealis
Sustainability & Prosperity $200 Fern Toop Costs and strategies for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace
Sustainability & Peace $200 Caid Brossart, Anna Little, Kyla N. (Brown) Dalsin The Unintended Consequences of the ORT’s Privacy Rules
People’s Choice Award $250 Huzaifa Saeed Recreation Therapists’ Perspectives of Virtual Reality for Dementia Care
Business & Entrepreneurship Award $500 Enactus University of Saskatchewan Build a Business