Proceeding Report of the Trent Graduate Students in Science Symposium

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Erika Crowley Kelly Wright Novin Nezamololama Verena Sesin Amanda Stubbs


The Trent Graduate Students in Science (TGSS) Symposium took place on March 9th, 2019 in Otonabee College at Trent University (Figure 1) from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The purpose of this meeting was to bring together graduate researchers in a variety of different scientific disciplines to discuss the most recent scientific discoveries at Trent University and topics relevant to graduate studies as well as to facilitate networking and the practicing of presentation skills. Keynote speakers Dr. Raymond March and Dr. Douglas Evans used their own experiences and research to give insight into graduate studies and Jayme Stabler led a workshop on being an effective teaching assistant. Graduate students presented orally in morning and afternoon sessions (Session 1 and Session 2) in two concurrent presentation rooms (A and B) as well as in a short poster and ePoster presentation session midday. A summary of the TGSS Symposium is included in Figure 2. To facilitate the exchange of information in a multidisciplinary fashion, students in various scientific disciplines were dispersed throughout the sessions rather than grouped together. Each oral, poster and ePoster presentation was judged by a minimum of two judges. Each oral, poster and ePoster presentation was judged by a minimum of two judges. There was a total of 70 attendees, which included 28 graduate student presenters, 9 presentation judges and/or keynote speakers, and 5 members of the organizing committee. The organizing committee comprised of Erika L. Crowley, Kelly Wright, Novin Nezamololama, Verena Sesin and Amanda Stubbs (Figure 3).

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Erika Crowley, Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program, Trent University

Erika Crowley is currently a Master’s Candidate in the Environmental and Life Sciences Program, using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to determine the structure of cytochrome b5 in the parasite Giardia lamblia. Erika also does research in clinical dermatology, specifically exploring treatment options for patients with hidradenitis suppurativa, chronic hand dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, palmoplantar pustulosis, alopecia areata, and other skin conditions. Erika completed her undergraduate Honours degree at Trent University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with Specialization in Health Science. Her undergraduate thesis in the Inorganic Material Science Laboratory focused on the synthesis and characterization of Santa Barbara-15 silica polymers with cross-linked enzyme aggregates to retain native properties of enzymes when in unfavourable environments. Erika has had leadership roles in several clubs, including the Trent Pre-Medical Society, Chemistry Society, and Biology Society. Other commitments include the Trent Graduate Student Association, Journal of Multidisciplinary Research at Trent, Journal of Undergraduate Studies at Trent, Symons Seminar Series, Research Ethics Committee, Biology Curriculum Committee, and quadriplegic care. In her spare time, Erika volunteers at the Salvation Army to provide a free breakfast to the Peterborough community and at the Peterborough Regional Hospital to help patients achieve cardiac rehabilitation. Erika plans to pursue a MD/PhD after her Master’s degree.