Research in Science Education - Vancouver

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About Us:

Research in Science Exhibition (RISE) is an annual national flagship event ran by the Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST) Ambassador Teams. The conference was piloted last year by the British Columbia Team. This year, the event will take place on June 11th, 2016 at the SFU Burnaby Campus.

Unlike traditional science-oriented conferences, RISE puts a focus on the research aspect of science and hopes to encourage more youth to become involved in scientific research. Through the event, future science leaders will be able to explore the research of professionals and network with researchers and students alike. With interactive lectures, a speaker panel, research workshops, and other hands-on activities, participants will gain new insight on future career options and learn new about more opportunities.

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Sunday, June 11, 2016   

Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus
Shrum Science Chemistry (SSC) Building
8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lunch will be provided.

Important Dates for Tickets:

May 18th to 25th - Early Bird Tickets

  • Individual: $15
  • Group of 3: $10
  • Group of 5: $7

May 26th to June 5th - Regular Tickets

  • Individual: $20
  • Group of 3: $15
  • Group of 5: $12

June 6th to June 11th - Late Registration Tickets

  • Individual: $25
  • Group of 3: $20
  • Group of 5: $17

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Please contact the British Columbia FSST Ambassador Team at for any questions.



09:00 – 09:25    Registration
09:25 – 09:35    Opening Ceremony
09:35 – 10:20    Keynote Speaker #1
10:20 – 10:25    Break
10:25 – 11:25    Workshop #1
11:25 – 12:25    Lunch time with Exhibitor Fair
12:25 – 13:25    Workshop #2
13:25 – 13:35    Break
13:35 – 14:25    Keynote Speaker #2 (Dr. Dan Marigold)
14:30 – 15:40    Professional/Student Panel
15:45 – 16:00    Closing Ceremony


Speakers Section:

Keynote Speaker #1:

Dr. Alice Mui is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC. Dr. Mui obtained her B.Sc. and PhD from UBC before pursuing post-doctoral studies at Merck’s DNAX Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. Her UBC research lab is located at Vancouver General Hospital campus where she studies the intracellular regulatory pathways which control immune cell function. These studies have led to development of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer drugs which are currently being tested in human clinical trials by a spin-off company that she helped found.

Keynote Speaker #2:

Dr. Dan Marigold is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at SFU. He is also the co-director of the Behavioural Neuroscience Undergraduate Program. He began his research career during his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo. He later received an MSc from UBC and a PhD from the University of Waterloo. Subsequently, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal. Currently, Dr. Marigold runs the Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab at SFU. His research explores how the brain uses visual information to plan and control movement, how it adapts to altered visual feedback, and how eye diseases affect mobility.


Vanessa Chan is a Grade 11 student studying at J.N. Burnett Secondary. Being a well-rounded individual, she has a plethora of interests, dedicating time to arts, athletics and sciences. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is a devastating disease that has a five-year survival rate of ~5%. After discovering the lethality of pancreatic cancer, Vanessa was determined to study the disease's genetic predisposition leading her to her current project; identifying germline genetic variants present in long-term survivors of pancreatic cancer— one which she conducted at the BC Cancer Agency. Due to her determination and passion for research, Vanessa has been honoured as one of the top five at the recent Sanofi Biogenius competition and as a member of Team BC at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Montreal.

Ray Liu is a 17 year old, Grade 12 student from Richmond BC. Ray has always had a passion for Engineering and Science. Since the age of 6, he has built a wide collection of gadgets and contraptions of various functions ranging from solar powered robots to wrist mounted flamethrowers. At the age of 8, his parents got him his first soldering iron. It was a 60 watt soldering iron which started him off in his journey in the world of engineering, building different circuits, lasers, and coil guns. When he was nearly 10, he decided he needed a computer, so he built his own computer from two junked computers, swapping the motherboard and the PSU. Now, at the age of 17, he takes on much more advanced projects, such as a 2500 watt electric motorcycle, a fully liquid cooled computer, a personal DIY Laser Cutter, and a solid state musical Tesla Coil. Ray intends to study mechatronics engineering in the future and turn his interests into a career. Ray hopes that his passion for designing, building, and inventing will one day contribute to the betterment of humankind and becoming a step closer to the technological singularity.

Danté Wong is a Grade 11 French immersion student studying at École Alpha Secondary School. His interests cover a wide range: from swimming to computer programming, but everything always returns to his true passion: science. His most recent project focused on the concept of removing the some of the damaging kinetic energy within pressurized fluid systems (such as a household plumbing system) and converting it into usable electrical energy. After some experiments to determine if this was possible at all, he then wondered if he could build a device that could harvest the this kinetic energy. He conducted some more experiments and the answer was yes. This device demonstrated that if this technology was implemented in industrial, large-scale settings, a significant amount of energy could be recycled. His advice to other students thinking about doing any science-related project is to always wonder. Wondering can lead to interesting questions and answers, which can then generate more questions.

Iva Demirova is an avid learner whose main passion lies within the life sciences. She is the winner of the Regional and National Sanofi BioGenius Competition. Her love for science has deep roots in her admiration of the intricacy of life itself and her wish to help others, as she plans to pursue a career in health research. Greatly engaged in her community, having founded a club dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Dementia, as well as being very active in many other clubs at her school, Iva believes everyone can have a positive impact on the world. This year, she was selected to participate in Genome BC's Geneskool, BCIT's week-long Biotechnology Workshop and the Elite Mentors Association’s Science and Engineering program at UBC, and was honoured to represent her school at a HOBY leadership conference. However, the experience she is most grateful for is her volunteer job at a SFU lab investigating HIV and Influenza where she is also conducting her own research. In the brief, blissful hours of leisure time she has, Iva rejoices in dancing with NWSS’s Salsa Club or freestyling in her room, skiing, hiking, drawing, delving into the worn pages of books and simply enjoying time with friends.

Justine had just completed her undergraduate degree at UBC with a Bachelor of Science with Honour in Physics as well as a Bachelor of Art with a major in Religious Studies. Justine is now a PhD student at SFU, transferred directly from the master’s program. Her research focuses on antimatter and she is able to conduct her research at CERN in Europe. She explores the properties of antihydrogen which is similar to normal hydrogen but is made up of an antiproton and anti-electron instead.

Sarah Louadi is currently a graduate student in Experimental Medicine at UBC, going into her second year of her Master’s in the Cashman Laboratory in the Centre for Brain Health. Sarah is currently investigating the role of brain immune cells called microglia in Alzheimer’s disease, in the hope of improving our understanding of the role inflammation plays in neurodegeneration and enhancing potential therapeutics. She graduated in 2015 from UBC with a Bachelor degree in Integrated Science with a focus on Psychology, Immunology and Neurobiology, and she is grateful for the rich experiences she was exposed to around the world, from Tunisia, England and Vancouver.

Kattie is a recent graduate from UBC Science majoring in Biology. She is the leader of the UBC Life Sciences Circle. During her undergraduate years, she was originally in Engineer and the switched to Sciences. She focused in genetics during her undergraduate years and explore many different topics in biology  by taking a variety of laboratory and lecture courses. She had always been involved on campus, volunteering or working for different student-run groups.

Dr. Brad Bass is a researcher based in Toronto, Ontario. He carries a Master of Science (M.S.) and PhD in Geography from Penn State University. His work’s impact has ranged across different cultures and scientific disciplines and he has shared his knowledge with people from elementary school students to fellow scientists and industry leaders. He was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is currently an adjunct Professor at University of Toronto at the School of the Environment. He led the development of COBWEB, an agent-based simulation platform that is used for theoretical research in complexity and applications to vector-borne diseases, retail location and energy consumption, which allows anyone to conduct their own systems research. He also spends time mentoring high school students in conducting their own scientific research.


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