Hosted by the Students' Union, the annual Students' Union Undergraduate Research Symposium is a campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research at the University of Calgary.

The Symposium features undergrads from across campus and faculties who have participated in research during their time at the University of Calgary. Using a broad definition of research, all forms of student work involving the development of scholarly ideas are considered with the intention of including undergraduate faculties in this event.

Recent Submissions

  • The Mind-Gut Connection: A virtual reality education program on the relationship between the digestive system, nervous system, and microbiome. 

    Lee, Ryan M.; Jacob, Christian; Sharkey, Keith A. (Cumming School of Medicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Computer Science, University of Calgary, 2019-11-26)
    The Mind-Gut Connection is a virtual reality education application on the relationship between the digestive system, nervous system, and microbiome. Together, these systems form the gut-brain axis and communicate with one ...
  • Ethically-Justifiable Currency Fencing 

    Sellers, Alexandra Y. L. (Arts, Philosophy, University of Calgary, 2019-11)
    Technological advances enable anyone to create digital currencies - not simply state actors - bringing currency debates out of political buildings and into everyday discussion. Digital currencies have the potential to be ...
  • Determinants of Child Health in China: Examining Maternal Employment & Kindergarten Attendance 

    Chan, Titus; Chen, Tian; Parker, Emily; Zhou, Yue (Social Work, University of Calgary, 2019-11-26)
    In this study, we examined the effects of maternal employment and kindergarten attendance on a child’s body mass index (BMI) score. Children between the ages of 3 to 6 (n = 532) were selected from the 2010 wave of the China ...
  • Mental health literacy: Amount of knowledge influences sentencing outcomes 

    Bernier, Emily; Boyce, Melissa A. (Arts, Psychology, 2019-11-27)
    The project investigated how one’s mental health literacy (ML) affected punitiveness toward a person convicted of a crime. We hypothesized that participants with higher ML scores would recommend more lenient sentences than ...
  • Pendulum Study: Active Visual Tracking Elicits Non-Selective Elevations in Cerebral Blood Flow 

    Hodge, Sarah V. L.; Spence, Emma E. M.; Suraj, Rejitha; McGirr, Alexander; Phillips, Aaron Alexander (Cumming School of Medicine, Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Calgary, 2019-04)
    Neurovascular coupling (NVC) describes the effective matching of cerebral blood flow (CBF) to regions of neuro-metabolic demand. There is increasing interest to assess human NVC for both basic research and its potential ...
  • Adult patient perspectives of the unknowns of living with epilepsy - results from a focus group study. 

    Lee, Jeanie Y. Y.; Gelfand, Jennifer; Khan, Sundus; Crooks, Rachel E.; Josephson, Colin B.; Wiebe, Samuel; Patten, Scott B.; Korngut, Lawrence; Smith, Eric Edward; Roach, Pamela M. (Cumming School of Medicine, Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary, 2019-11-24)
    Background/Objectives: Epilepsy is one of the most common and debilitating neurological conditions that affects nearly 50 million people worldwide, yet there remains a stigma around this condition, which can impact the ...
  • The effect of simulated altitude on VO2max in humans 

    Zhuang, Andrea Y.; Beever, Austin T.; MacInnis, Martin J. (Kinesiology, University of Calgary, 2019-11-19)
  • The effects of hyperglycemia on vascular responses in individuals with obesity 

    Newton, Janna; Soares, Rogério Nogueira; Murias, Juan M. (Kinesiology, Human Performance Lab, 2019-01)
    Objective: To evaluate the acute effects of hyperglycemia on the vasculature of lean and obese individuals. Methods: Nine normal-weight (BMI 18.1 to 24.9 kg/m2) and nine individuals with obesity (BMI 30.0 to 39.9 kg/m2) ...
  • Resting-State Functional Connectivity Differences in Pediatric Migraine 

    Khaira, Akashroop; Bell, Tiffany; Noel, Melanie; Amoozegar, Farnaz; Harris, Ashley D. (Cumming School of Medicine, Radiology, University of Calgary, 2019-11-17)
    Pediatric migraines are highly prevalent but not well-understood. Neuroimaging can provide great insight to brain physiology, but few studies have applied imaging to study pediatric migraines. Previous adult literature has ...
  • Effect of Environment & Portion Size on Energy Intake 

    Roberts, Araby (University of Calgary, Arts, Psychology, University of Calgary, University of Liverpool, 2019-11)
    This study utilized a 2(Environment: Lab, Lounge) x 2(Portion Size: Standard, Large) mixed-design factorial analysis of variance to examine the effect of environment and portion size and energy intake. Participants attended ...

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