As part of his involvement in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), Chris Fliesser, a second-year chemical engineering student entered the fifth UROP Poster Competition and his research stood out from many research posters and presentations by students in the faculties of Engineering, Science, Health Sciences, and Medicine. The calibre of his research findings entitled "The effect of pressure on bubble size in a gas-solid fluidized bed", and the quality of his poster presentation have earned Fliesser first prize and a prestigious certificate.
This year’s Symposium was held on Thursday, April 2, and brought about together close to 300 UROP young researchers who made presentations summarizing their findings.
The UROP competition gives undergraduate students opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research at the University of Ottawa while they define their professional goals. The program’s requirements include a minimum of 50 hours spent on a given research project, preparation of an abstract and a poster on the research’s results, and participation in the annual UROP Poster Symposium. At the completion of the program, students obtain a certificate acknowledging their participation in UROP. Each participant also receives a $1,000 award for time devoting to the program.
Department Chair David Taylor welcomes this new success. “Chris, Professor Poupak Mehrani has just informed me of your outstanding performance during yesterday’s UROP poster competition. Well done! This is no small feat and I can speak on behalf of the entire Department when I say we are all very proud of both you and your accomplishment here”.
The winner is grateful for this experience and highly recommends it to other students.
“UROP is an amazing experience for undergraduate students. By allowing students to work directly with professors on real research, it gives them a chance to experience academia first hand. I encourage all students interested in pursuing research to apply for UROP next semester. It truly was an excellent learning environment, and I am sure that the skills I learned will help me for the rest of my career. In addition, the symposium allows one to discuss their research with others, to share the wealth of information that has been so painstakingly gathered. What is the purpose of research if it is not shared with the world?”
Congratulations Fliesser on an outstanding accomplishment!