Medical Physics undergraduate student, Keren Mayorov, recently won first place for the best poster presentation at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) held at Carleton University from October 20 to 24. Keren conducted her research under the supervision of Dr. Ana Pejović-Milić after being awarded a prestigious NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA) in the summer of 2017. Her poster entitled "Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence (TXRF) Based Method for Trace Element Quantification in Biological Samples" focuses on the use of TXRF to measure gold nanoparticles uptake in prostate cancer cells, and metal analysis in cerebrospinal fluid.
Besides Keren, Daniel Cresta (supervised by Dr. Catherine Beauchemin, Ryerson University; Professor), Dipal Patel (supervised by Dr. Nilesh R. Ghurge, Ryerson University; Adjunct Professor) also attended the national undergraduate conference representing Ryerson’s Physics. The fourth student from our Medical Physics program presenting at CUPC was Robert Kalisky (Dr. Apichart Linhananta, Lakehead University; Professor) whose project was a result of the research partnership of the Physics Departments at Ryerson and Lakehead University.
CUPC is an annual non-profit research conference organized by students, for students. Approximately 300 physics undergraduates gather at the 2017 CUPC to present their research, socialize, and network with the physics academia and industry. The conference also features lab tours, plenary lectures, and a graduate fair to encourage engagement among all levels of the physics community. The conference was first held in 1965 by McGill University and the University of Toronto, with the help of the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP). CUPC has since grown into the largest undergraduate physics conference in North America, and has been held in 8 different provinces by over 20 different institutions.
Many congratulations to Keren!