Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities

March 13-17, 2017

What is the Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (FURCA)?


Well, technically speaking - a "furca" is a two-pronged fork. Kinda like a fondue fork. We didn't plan it that way, but as is often the case in research...it just works. Why? Because FURCA (the celebration) brings together all of our favourite things: undergraduate students and research. Research and creative activities. Teaching and research. You get the idea. FURCA is our annual, campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, showcasing the research and creative achievements of undergraduate students across all disciplines.

FURCA 2017 Book of Abstracts

For a complete list of FURCA 2017 presentations, see the Book of Abstracts (PDF)

Congratulations to our FURCA 2017 Award Recipients!

Outstanding Communication - Poster

Sponsored by the Faculty of Science and Students' Union

  • P75 - Skye Russell (Faculty of Science) - "Community-driven knowledge exchange about H. pylori infection in Old Crow, Yukon: Scientists and community members learning from on another
  • P18 - Ojas Srivastava (Faculty of Science) - "Investigating Multimodal MRI as Potential Biomarkers for ALS Diagnosis"

Outstanding Communication - Oral Presentation

Sponsored by the Faculty of Science and Students' Union

  • O18 - Jiwon You (Faculty of Arts) - "Gaming as a tool for conveying culture"
  • O7 - Caitlin Guzzo & John Garcia (Faculty of Engineering) - "Integrative Learning: Creating student-made teaching tools for engineers"

Outstanding Communication - Other Presentation Format

Sponsored by the Faculty of Science and Students' Union

  • C1 - Danny Kim (Faculty of Arts) - "Korean Buddhist Drumming"
  • B2 - Michael Taylor (Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) - "Poetry Collection"

Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research

Sponsored by the Faculty of Science and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study

  • P11 - Morgan Sosniuk (Faculty of Science) - "Old Dogs with New Tricks: Optimizing Mixed Lymphocyte Reaction with Duraclone IM Flow Cytometry Phenotyping"
  • P49 - Xiao Jing (Lily) Sun (Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) - "Total Arsenic and Speciation of Arsenic in Alberta Freshwater Fish"

Outstanding Creative Activity

Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts

  • O1 - Connor Meeker (Faculty of Arts) - "What's in a Curtain Call? An analysis of Martin Revermann's 'The Semiotics of Curtain Calls'"
  • A2 - Sophia Healy (Faculty of Arts) - "The Dead Woman"

Outstanding Early Career Research

Sponsored by the Students' Union

  • P27 - Nicholas Smith (Faculty of Science) - "Systematic Trial of Pad Information uTility (STOPIT): Many options, diverse preferences

Outstanding International Research

Sponsored by University of Alberta International

  • P101 - Liuba Gonzalez de Armas (Faculty of Arts) - "Dentro de la Revolucion: Mobilizing the artist in Alfredo Sosa Bravo's "Libertad, Cultura, Igualdad (1961)"

Outstanding International Student Researcher

Sponsored by University of Alberta International

  • P34 - Diana Chiang Jurado (Faculty of Science) - "Impact of Cytomegalovirus Infection on Graft Survival and Clinical Outcome after the first 2 years post Solid Organ Transplantation. A retrospective analysis."

Community Connections Award

Sponsored by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study

  • P8 - Oanh Nguyen (Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Science)  - "Fluorescent in situ hybridization detection of viable Helicobacter pylori from spiked treated and untreated water samples

Healthy Campus Award

Sponsored by Health & Wellness Services

  • P86 - Lexi Brunner (Faculty of Arts) - "Getting schooled in relationships: Examining changes in ITRs before and after an interpersonal relationships class"
  • P90 - Meghan Hodgson (Faculty of Arts) - "Self-Care Behind the Scenes: An Undergraduate Perspective"

Thanks to our sponsors!


Student awards at FURCA have been generously sponsored by: