Multiple student award winners from Chemistry

Undergraduate Students

Matthew Wiebe (Supervisor: A. Ata) earned Ist place at the Natural Product Chemistry Poster Presentation at 9th International Symposium on the Chemistry of Natural Products (ISCNP-29) and the 9th International Conference on Biodiversity (ICOB-9) 2016, Izmir, Turkey

Regine Abeysinghe (supervisor: Dr. Athar Ata)
2nd Place – Biological and Medicinal – Natural Products & Carbohydrates Oral Presentation, at the 99th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, June 5-9, 2016, in Halifax, NS

Hessam Hosseini (supervisor: Dr. Josh Hollett)
1st place – Computational/Theoretical/Physical Chemistry Oral Presentation, at the Western Canada Undergraduate Chemistry Conference 2016, held at the University of Manitoba

Alexander Sharp (Supervisor: Dr. Jamie Ritch)
1st Place – Inorganic Chemistry Poster Presentation, at the Western Canada Undergraduate Chemistry Conference 2016, held at the University of Manitoba

Fernando Esposito (Supervisor: Dr. Athar Ata)
2nd Place- Organic Chemistry Poster Presentation
Western Canada Undergraduate Chemistry Conference 2016
University of Manitoba

Jake Blackner (Supervisor: Dr. Athar Ata)
3rd Place – 11th Annual Randy Kobes Undergraduate Poster Contest (2016)

Jake Blackner earned 3rd Place at the 11th Annual Randy Kobes Undergraduate Poster Contest (2016). Jake was supervised by Dr. Athar Ata, on his project Dereplication of Steroidal Alkaloids from Buxus sp. Using NMR Based Metabolomics Profiling Approach.

Other notable accomplishments of our undergraduate students:
Opportunities:

Megan Rutherford (Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Wiebe) spent 10 weeks of the summer in France, learning about crystallography, neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation. “This past summer I had the wonderful opportunity of participating in an eight-week program on large scale facilities in Grenoble, France. The first six weeks of the program offered by the Université Grenoble Alpes, included lectures and lab work on the topics of crystallography, neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation….. At the end of six weeks, I was awarded a scholarship that allowed for me to remain in Grenoble for an additional two weeks to take part in an internship at the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), an international, research-based neutron scattering facility that operates one of the most intense neutron sources in the world. There I was able to work on the diffuse scattering spectrometer D7. D7 is an instrument that is used to study short-range magnetic order with polarized neutrons. Overall the program was excellent and I am so excited to bring what I have learned this summer back to Canada and continue my studies in physical chemistry.”

Michael Wiebe (Supervisor: Devin Latimer)
Campus Sustainability Recognition Award 2016

Michael Wiebe developed an experiment for The University of Winnipeg’s new microwave reactor, an experiment which allows for student-led discovery of the 12 principles of Green Chemistry. Green Chemistry focuses on designing products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances. This lab experiment was published in the journal Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews, and was subsequently presented by Mr. Latimer at two international conferences, the 5th Asia-Oceania Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (New Delhi, India, in January 2015), and the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2015 (Pacifichem, Honolulu, USA, also in 2015). At Pacifichem, it was recognized as “an exceptional addition to sustainable chemistry education.”

Graduate Students:

Jon Challis (UW BSc ’12, current PhD student and Vanier Scholar) and Alistair Brown (UW BSc ’13, current PhD student) won 1st and 2nd place respectively in the student platform presentations at the 7th Prairie Northern Regional Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry held in Saskatoon. Both are supervised by Dr. Charles Wong.

High School Students

Drs. Ata and Wood supervised several high school students doing research for MSSS (Manitoba Schools Science Symposium, see Winnipeg Free Press link). The students were extremely successful, as shown below.

Canada Wide Science Fair Winners – 2016

Tooba Razi, Fort Richmond Collegiate (Supervisor: Dr. Athar Ata)
Iqra Sahar Tariq, Balmoral Hall School (Supervisor: Dr. Athar Ata)

Best in Fair Winners (MSSS)

Iqra Sahar Tariq, Balmoral Hall School, Best Chemistry – Senior (Supervisor: Dr. Athar Ata)
Hajrah Ata, River East Collegiate, Best Plant Science – Senior (Supervisor Dr. Athar Ata)

Gold Medal (MSSS)

Tooba Razi, Balmoral Hall School (Supervisor: Dr. Athar Ata)
Iqra Sahar, Balmoral Hall School (Supervisor: Dr. Athar Ata)
Hajrah Ata, River East Collegiate, Senior (Supervisor: Dr. Athar Ata)

Silver Medal (MSSS)

Bronwyn Delacruz, University of Winnipeg Collegiate (Supervisor: Dr. Tabitha Wood)
Dalia Hassanin, Grade 7, Balmoral Hall School (Supervisor: Athar Ata)