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Manitoba School Science Symposium (MSSS) is the showcase event for school students to display their scientific knowledge. To create awareness about our Biosystems engineering to school students, CSBE awards have been given to the projects related to bioengineering field. This year, out of 350 projects displayed, 26 found to be related to bioengineering field. Allie Skwarchuk, and Wynonna Mendoza from Ecole River Heights won the junior category award for their project “Can We Use Plants to Control the Amount of Phosphorus in Lake Winnipeg?”. Amanda Wong from Grant Park High School won the senior category award for the project “Constructing a Multitouch Camera Based Touchscreen”. 

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2014 CSBE/SCGAB award Winners- Junior category
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2014 CSBE/SCGAB award Winner- Senior category
Published in Manitoba Regional News
Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:35

Reminder regarding 2014 Student Awards

Be sure to check out the various Undergraduate and Graduate Student Competitions available through the Canadian Society for BioEngineering (CSBE/SCGAB) Foundation.

Information can be found on our website www.csbe-scgab.ca/members/students/awards-competitions-and-scholarships or by contacting Harry Huffman, Vice-President (Membership) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note that both a Masters and Doctorate Thesis Award are now available each year rather than in alternating years as in the past. 

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Happy spring!

I am encouraging the department heads and academic advisers of our academic institutions to consider deserving students, both undergraduate and graduate students, for these awards.

Student Awards sponsored by the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation

The Foundation will pay the membership dues for first-time-ever graduate students. An application form (http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/members/join-csbe-scgab) should be completed by the graduate student and submitted by a faculty member attesting to first-time-ever status. The completed form should be sent to the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation office (CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, 2028 Calico Crescent, Orleans, ONK4A 4L7) where payment will be attached.

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship - The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship is to recognize academic excellence among student members of the Society. The Scholarship can be awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester (based on a minimum of 12 credit hours and the GPA must qualify the recipient to appear on the Dean’s Honor List). The Department Head or his/her designate will select one scholarship recipient per year per department. The amount of the award varies from year to year but is in the range of $200 to $500.

Student Team Competition Funding Program – Full details described on the web site at http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/members/students/awards-competitions-and-scholarships

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation offers funding to eligible student teams that participate in a recognized bioengineering competition. The Foundation thereby encourages students to gain team work experience and to learn by comparing their efforts and ideas with others in addition to provide visibility for engineering. Funding is equivalent to $50 per student member with a maximum of $500 per team, and up to $1000 per academic institution per calendar year for all teams requesting funds. To be eligible, the team must be formed of at least two student members and participate in a bioengineering competition open to more than one academic institution. Team members eligible for funding must be student members of CSBE/SCGAB in good standing, i.e. annual dues are currently paid (otherwise students should provide photocopy of their application form or membership renewal). Examples of eligible student competitions include the CSBE/SCGAB undergraduate design competition and undergraduate paper competition, as long as the project is carried out by at least two students and the team has been selected to participate in the national competition. Other examples include the ASABE K. K. Barnes Paper Award Competition, 1/4 Scale Tractor Competition and Environmental Design Competition (Fountain Wars). Other competitions may be considered as long as they meet the general criteria:  more than one academic institution is involved, bioengineering is the main discipline involved and the project is a student team endeavour. A proof of registration should be included with the request.

To request funding, simply download and fill out the form. Please return to the Foundation at: CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, 2028 Calico Crescent, Orleans, ON, K4A 4L7

The CSBE-SCGAB Foundation will offer financial assistance to the winners of their annual departmental (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.) Undergraduate Thesis, Undergraduate Design Project, and Graduate Thesis Awards, so that these students may attend the CSBE-SCGAB Annual Meeting and Technical Conference,. The Foundation will pay the fees for base conference registration and admission to the CSBE/SCGAB Awards Banquet for the winner(s) of these awards. In addition, the Foundation will provide $100 per student to a maximum of $400 per academic unit (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.), to be used to defray the costs of travel and accommodation for attending the conference. The students must be members in good standing of the CSBE-SCGAB in order to be eligible for the awards, fee waivers, and travel support. Eligible academic units (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.) are invited to contact the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation by June 15th, of each year, and provide the name, CSBE-SCGAB membership number, and project or thesis title of each winning student.

Student Awards sponsored by the CSBE/SCGAB

STUDENT COMPETITIONS CSBE/SCGAB UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENT COMPETITIONS

Two undergraduate student competitions namely (1) design competition and (2) undergraduate paper competition, are organized to promote a high degree of professionalism, encourage development of professional and engineering ingenuity, provide opportunity for interaction between students and professional associates and encourage active undergraduate student participation within CSBE/SCGAB.

Two graduate student competitions namely (1) Masters and Doctoral thesis award competition and (2) graduate student paper competition are organized to encourage innovation and excellence in Biosystems, Biological and Environmental Engineering and recognize our most promising graduate student members. Brief overview of these competitions is given below. The CSBE/SCGAB Vice-President (Membership) in consultation with the Student Affairs Committee will circulate detailed and specific instructions each year for the competitions. Potential contestants should consult these guidelines before completing their submission packages.

Brief overview of these competitions is given below.

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award:

Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award is to recognize excellence in undergraduate student research in fields represented by the Society. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed an undergraduate level thesis at a CanadianUniversity during the 12-mont period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $100

Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award

Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award is to recognize excellence in the development of engineering design skills in solving problems related to biological systems. Individual or team projects are eligible. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient(s) must have completed a design project at a CanadianUniversity during the 12-month period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $100 if the design project is completed by an individual or $50 per person if the design project is completed by a design team

Deadline: The name(s) of the award recipient(s), along with the title of the design project, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. Category)

Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in odd-numbered years in recognition of M.Sc. theses completed in the two-year period ending April 30th of the odd-numbered year. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Master’s thesis at a Canadian University during the 2-year period ending April 30th of an odd-numbered year, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $200

Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th .

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. Category)

Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in even-numbered years in recognition of Ph.D. theses completed in the two-year period ending April 30th of the even-numbered year. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Doctoral thesis at a CanadianUniversity during the 2-year period ending April 30th of an even-numbered year, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $200

Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th .

 

Student Awards sponsored by the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation

The Foundation will pay the membership dues for first-time-ever graduate students. An application form (www.bioeng.ca) should be completed by the graduate student and submitted by a faculty member attesting to first-time-ever status. The completed form should be sent to the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation office (CSBE/SCGAB Foundation,2028 Calico Crescent,Orleans,ONK4A 4L7) where payment will be attached.

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship is to recognize academic excellence among student members of the Society. The Scholarship can be awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester (based on a minimum of 12 credit hours and the GPA must qualify the recipient to appear on the Dean’s Honor List). The Department Head or his/her designate will select one scholarship recipient per year per department. The amount of the award varies from year to year but is in the range of $200 to $500.

Student Team Competition Funding Program

Full details described on the web site at www.bioeng.ca.

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation offers funding to eligible student teams that participate in a recognized bioengineering competition. The Foundation thereby encourages students to gain team work experience and to learn by comparing their efforts and ideas with others in addition to provide visibility for engineering. Funding is equivalent to $50 per student member with a maximum of $500 per team, and up to $1000 per academic institution per calendar year for all teams requesting funds. To be eligible, the team must be formed of at least two student members and participate in a bioengineering competition open to more than one academic institution. Team members eligible for funding must be student members of CSBE/SCGAB in good standing, i.e. annual dues are currently paid (otherwise students should provide photocopy of their application form or membership renewal). Examples of eligible student competitions include the CSBE/SCGAB undergraduate design competition and undergraduate paper competition, as long as the project is carried out by at least two students and the team has been selected to participate in the national competition. Other examples include the ASABE K. K. Barnes Paper Award Competition, 1/4 Scale Tractor Competition and Environmental Design Competition (Fountain Wars). Other competitions may be considered as long as they meet the general criteria:  more than one academic institution is involved, bioengineering is the main discipline involved and the project is a student team endeavour. A proof of registration should be included with the request.

To request funding, simply fill out the form in the Perspectives Newsletter Fall 2012 PDF and return to the Foundation at:

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, 2028 Calico Crescent, Orleans,ON, K4A 4L7

The CSBE-SCGAB Foundation will offer financial assistance to the winners of their annual departmental (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.) Undergraduate Thesis, Undergraduate Design Project, and Graduate Thesis Awards, so that these students may attend the CSBE-SCGAB Annual Meeting and Technical Conference,. The Foundation will pay the fees for base conference registration and admission to the CSBE/SCGAB Awards Banquet for the winner(s) of these awards. In addition, the Foundation will provide $100 per student to a maximum of $400 per academic unit (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.), to be used to defray the costs of travel and accommodation for attending the conference. The students must be members in good standing of the CSBE-SCGAB in order to be eligible for the awards, fee waivers, and travel support. Eligible academic units (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.) are invited to contact the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation by June 15th, of each year, and provide the name, CSBE-SCGAB membership number, and project or thesis title of each winning student.

Student Awards sponsored by the CSBE/SCGAB

Student competitions csbe/scgab undergraduate and graduate student competitions

Two undergraduate student competitions namely (1) design competition and (2) undergraduate paper competition, are organized to promote a high degree of professionalism, encourage development of professional and engineering ingenuity, provide opportunity for interaction between students and professional associates and encourage active undergraduate student participation within CSBE/SCGAB.

Two graduate student competitions namely (1) Masters and Doctoral thesis award competition and (2) graduate student paper competition, are organized to encourage innovation and excellence in Biosystems, Biological and Environmental Engineering and recognize our most promising graduate student members. Brief overview of these competitions is given below. The CSBE/SCGAB Vice-President (Membership) in consultation with the Student Affairs Committee will circulate detailed and specific instructions each year for the competitions. Potential contestants should consult these guidelines before completing their submission packages.

Brief overview of these competitions is given below.

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award:

Eligibility The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award is to recognize excellence in undergraduate student research in fields represented by the Society. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed an undergraduate level thesis at a Canadian University during the 12-mont period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $100

Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.

 

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award

Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award is to recognize excellence in the development of engineering design skills in solving problems related to biological systems. Individual or team projects are eligible. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient(s) must have completed a design project at a CanadianUniversity during the 12-month period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $100 if the design project is completed by an individual or $50 per person if the design project is completed by a design team

Deadline: The name(s) of the award recipient(s), along with the title of the design project, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.

 

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. Category)

Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in odd-numbered years in recognition of M.Sc. theses completed in the two-year period ending April 30th of the odd-numbered year. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Master’s thesis at a Canadian University during the 2-year period ending April 30th of an odd-numbered year, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $200

Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th .

 

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. Category)

Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in even-numbered years in recognition of Ph.D. theses completed in the two-year period ending April 30th of the even-numbered year. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Doctoral thesis at a CanadianUniversity during the 2-year period ending April 30th of an even-numbered year, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $200

Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th .

TheSchool ofEngineering sent a large contingent of engineering students, staff and faculty to the NABEC-CSBE joint conference held inOrillia this summer.  Papers and posters presented focused on a wide range of topics including: biological nanotechnology, renewable energy, robotics in agriculture, and rural air quality. A special thanks to our retired faculty, Ralph Brown, Jan Jofriet, and John Ogilvie, for their tremendous support to the conference.

Student Accomplishments

Biological Engineering students, Alexander Griffith (left in picture) and Matthew DiCicco (right in picture), have won the CSBE  Undergraduate Scholarship award and the CSBE Design Project award, respectively, at the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE) Annual Meeting held in Orillia from July 15-18th 2012. Both Matthew DiCicco and Alexander Griffith are working in the Bionanolab supervised by Professor Suresh Neethirajan.

At the 43rd Annual Association of Canadian Ergonomists Conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia in August 2012, Luke Harris won the Julien M. Christenson Masters level Student Paper Award.  Luke is a Masters level student in the School of Engineering working under the supervision of Dr. Michele Oliver.  The second and third place papers were also from Dr. Oliver’s research group (Danielle Boucher and Mark Munro).

The students of the Bionanolab of the University of Guelph won the 'Visual Challenge' contest by the ASABE's Resource Magazine. Matthew DiCicco, Mark Fletcher and Anup Suresh's submissions on “Seemingly Spotless Surgical Screw Studied Up-Close”, "Computer-assisted illustration of bionanorobotsmanoeuvring through the blood stream in search of tumors" and "Real-time three-dimensional visualization of fissures inside infested wheat kernel using X-ray micro CT" were selected as winning entries for publication in the September issue of the magazine.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Suresh Neethirajan was interviewed by ArsTechnica, a media magazine from California about the US Food and Drug Administration's guidelines on food packaging nanotechnology. Suresh noted that the FDA guidelines will compel the industries to use clear labelling for ingredients present in the form of nanoparticles, and the food manufacturing industries might be obligated to conduct risk assessment. Read the story online at http://goo.gl/DYS9G.

Published in Ontario Regional News
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 12:01

Student Team Competition Funding Program

The Canadian Society for Bioengineering Foundation offers funding to eligible student teams that participate in a recognized bioengineering competition. The Foundation thereby encourages students to gain team work experience and to learn by comparing their efforts and ideas with others. Such projects also provide visibility for engineering and its role in improving agriculture, the food system and the environment.

Learn more about this program

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(contribution from L. Tabil)

As part of the Design Capstone course, several student groups made poster and oral presentations based on their design projects. The top ranked groups which will represent the ABE program at the 2011 Engineering Innovative Design and Student Paper Competition are the following:

  • Innovative Design competition: Chantal Quesnel, Danielle Quesnel and Alison Silversides
    Title: Streambank Stabilization Design at the Rodeo Site along the Milk River, located at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta
  • Student Paper competition: Nicholas Hall and Dallas Nelson

Title: Design of an Animal Manure Management System for the University of Saskatchewan.

Opportunities provided by the FOUNDATION

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship is to recognize academic excellence among student members of the Society. The Scholarship can be awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester (based on a minimum of 12 credit hours and the GPA must qualify the recipient to appear on the Dean’s Honor List).  The scholarship recipient will receive a cash award of $ 300.00. The Department Head or his/her designate will select one scholarship recipient per year per department.

Past Foundation funding projects have also included the UG student design projects (1/4-scale tractor competition; application forms available), and payment of first-time-ever graduate student Society dues.

Opportunities provided by the SOCIETY

UG student Society dues for all UG years are sponsored by the Society.

Awards for UG student paper, thesis and design projects and Grad student (MSc and PhD) thesis prizes are available. Full details of the procedures for accessing these prizes can be found on line at www.bioeng.ca in the Procedure and Operation Manual, pg 8 Student Competitions. Please observe all deadlines.

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