Preparing Students for University

On April 1, 2016, our 150 level class held a poster presentation, which was well attended by students and staff. This assignment provided our advanced level students with an opportunity to work on a project that closely resembles the type of work that will be required at the university level. Each of the participating students took the time to provide more insight into their projects:

Shan Shan, China

Topic: Long-term care in Canada

IMG_0206Why did you choose this topic? I chose this topic because I would like to choose public health as my future area. I am more focused on the preventions of chronic diseases, but I know that long-term care is another important aspect of public health. I know that Canada is well known as a welfare state, which started to build its long-term care system in the 1960s. I’d like to learn how the system runs. Meanwhile, as the aging problem is getting more and more serious, Canada is going to face the problem soon. Both Canadian citizens and people who want to immigrate to Canada need to know if the governments will be able to deal with the problem in the forthcoming years. I thought that I could do research on this topic to teach my audiences about the long-term care system in Canada.

What was the most interesting thing that you learned? I learned that nowadays, researchers and employees who work in long-term care (LTC) facilities are paying attention to the quality of life of the residents who live in the LTC facilities, and they are using a system to invite residents to report their quality of life through it. This shows an important change in this area. I’d like to learn more about this topic in the future.

Youjin Kim, Korea

IMG_0209Topic: How Kinesins Move on Microtubules – The Controversial Moving Mechanism of the Kinesin Motor Protein. In this topic, I briefly introduced what kinesins are and compared two models that explain the moving mechanism of kinesins.

Why did you choose this topic? I chose this topic because I have a profound interest in proteins and also want to make people know how interesting proteins are. The reason why I picked kinesins among many candidate proteins is that these proteins still have unrevealed parts, which make an attractive controversy. In addition, the video that describes kinesins’ movements looks pretty interesting, so I thought it could stimulate others’ curiosities.

What was the most interesting thing that you learned? I learned a lot through this project, but if I should pick the only one thing, I learned how scientists support their arguments logically and scientifically. Because I compared two models supported by different scientists, I had a chance to analyze their conflicting arguments and evidence. I think this experience will help me a lot when I write my own research paper someday in future.

Zhenyu Qiu, China

Topic: Smog control in China

Why did you choose this topic? An important IMG_0205reason was that smog is an environmental issue that is tightly related to Chinese residents’ daily life; I used to live there and my family is still there. That was an interesting and new topic for me; I’d like to learn more about it to increase my knowledge. Also, it is good to know some methods, for individuals, to make efforts to improve the current situation. I hope to consciously try to prevent some lifestyles that are not environmental friendly.

What was the most interesting thing that you learned? It was a sad topic, and there were a lot of facts that depressed me. Perhaps it was interesting to learn about the corruption. It is pretty ironic to know that some of the taxes we paid were used by some government officials to protect those companies that were polluting the environment; in another word, we are paying taxes to hurt ourselves. I hope this can be changed as soon as possible.

Yilin Wang. China

Topic: Inflation

IMG_0213Why did you choose this topic? I choose this topic because I leaned Economics when I was in high school. After that I became interested in how the market works. Inflation places a major role in economy and most people have a bad attitude about inflation. My goal is trying to tell the real story about inflation.

What was the most interesting thing that you learned? I think the most interesting thing that I have learned is making a poster. I am use to writing an essay in order to show my research. It was the first time that I had to make a poster and I found it very interesting. I felt that I taught knowledge to others and I was very proud of my poster.

Zhihao Zeng, China

Topic: The contamination of plastic in the Pacific OceanIMG_0215

Why did you choose this topic?  When I was doing my research, I found a special term called “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch” on a website. As I did more research on it, I became very interested in the topic. I started to worry about our environment and our future. I selected this topic because I really want to educate people about the truth of plastic; it is destroying our planet.

What was most interesting thing that you learned? The most interesting and cruel thing that I learned is how plastic influences the marine animals in the ocean. I felt sick when I saw how the turtles and seals were entangled by plastic products. I can’t even describe it as interesting, they were real things happened before, and it’s happening right now, so we need to do something.

Alexander Brunner, Switzerland

IMG_0210Topic: Mimicry

Why did you choose this topic? I chose this topic because it is one way that people can get manipulated. I started my research searching for different ways that people can get manipulated. During my research I found an article about “The Chameleon Effect”. As soon as I read through it, I decided to do my research about Mimicry.

What was most interesting thing that you learned? The most interesting thing that I learned was that Mimicry can have such a strong impact on peoples’ behavior, judgment and affiliation. With this knowledge we can think about different situations where we can make use of the impacts of Mimicry. It was very interesting to see the results of the studies that are already done. I think that if we start to learn more about Mimicry, we could improve our lives in various ways.

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