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The Manitoba Materials Conference organizers are committed to principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Consistent with these principles, we strive for diversity in our speakers, we aim to ensure equitable treatment for all attendees, and we make every effort to ensure that all attendees feel included in every aspect of the Conference.

Registration

Manitoba Materials Conference 2024 will be held on May 7, 2024 from 8:30am to 7:00pm. Submitted registration forms will be collected and organized by Jolly Hipolito.

This information will be used to create unique name badges, poster abstract booklets and for catering arrangements. Registration for attendance and registration for poster presentation will be found on the same form, however the poster presentation registration section will only appear if you indicate that you will participate in the poster presentation competition.

Complete your registration form

Registration deadline is May 1, 2024 @ 11:59pm

Visa requests

Individuals wanting to attend and participate in this years conference but needing to apply for a visa may request confirmation letters of registering to attend and/or confirmation letters of participation in the research poster competition can contact Jolly Hipolito.

Research Poster Competition Information

Research Abstract Information and Digital Abstract

Research posters should have relevance to at least one of the following categories:

  • Composite Materials: Metallurgical, Non-metallic, Structural, and Sustainable
  • Quantum and Extreme Materials: Discovery Science and Sensors
  • Materials that Mimic Biology and/or Support Natural Systems Under Environmental Stress
  • Energy Harnessing and Storage

Please note that there are a limited number of poster boards available.

 

This year, we will be using 4' by 8' tack poster boards. Expect two posters to share one poster board. Please abide by the dimensions below.

Criteria

  • Maximum width: 46 inches (3.8 feet).
  • Maximum height: 46 inches (3.8 feet).
  • Two posters will share one poster board.
  • Stay within these dimensions so that both posters can fit with no overlapping.
  • Four tacks are provided to stick your poster on the board, however if your poster is considerably heavy please bring some extra tacks for yourself.

 

Content

  • Posters should include information done in the last year.

 

Judging

Posters will be reviewed by multiple judges. First round of judging will include a silent and discreet walk around by the judges (no verbal presentation required). During this round, judges will rank each poster and that will generate a shortlist for a second round of judging. In the second round of judging, the shortlisted poster owners will be asked to give a 3 minute presentation to the judges. The time limit is strictly applied. During this round, each poster will be scored in three categories:

  • Presentation: effectiveness of visual and verbal communication
  • Clarity: Method and impact of work
  • Quality: Control/reproducibility of results

The best posters and their owners will be invited to present (regardless of category) to compete for a cash prize. In the spirit of recent popular thesis presentation by the University of Manitoba's 3MT® and Ph.D. Comic's 2 Minute Thesis Contest, the participants will be given 3 minutes to present their poster to the entire conference and independent judging panel. The presentation will take place with the poster projected onto the lecture theatre screen. The time limit is strictly enforced.

Come prepared and bring your poster in a printed format as well as electronic format (ie: USB). Please note there are a limited number of poster boards available.

 

Submission

Submitting your poster abstract can be done through the same registration link and by indicating "yes" to participating in the poster presentation competition. Complete the registration when you are ready to submit your abstract poster so that double registrations can be minimized.

This information will be sent directly to Jolly Hipolito. Submission should be compatible on any web browser, and therefore no problems should occur. However, please contact Jolly Hipolito if you have any questions or concerns. An abstract booklet will be created of all poster presentation applicants.

If you do not wish to participate in the poster presentation competition, and only want to attend the conference, please indicate "no" to participating in the poster presentation competition of the registration form. Subsequently, the poster registration section will not appear for you in your registration form.

Microscopy Image Competition Information

Science as Art: Microscopy Image Competition

The MSC Central Student Chapter is thrilled to partner with Manitoba Materials Conference (MMC) to host a microscopy image competition showcasing stunning and creative images taken through various microscopical imaging techniques, including compound microscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, etc. The competition is focused on the artistic aesthetic of the images, providing an opportunity for participants to showcase their artistic skills and creativity.

A panel of expert judges will evaluate the images, and the winning entries will be recognized and displayed at the Manitoba Materials Conference, providing a valuable platform for participants to share their work and connect with other microscopy enthusiasts. The top two arts will get cash prizes.

Submission deadline: May 1, 2024 @ 11:59pm

 

Prizes

1st place: TBD

2nd place: TBD

The winning arts will be also displayed digitally on our MSC Central Student Chapter social media platforms.

 

Criteria

When judging the submitted images for the microscopy image competition, the following will be taken into consideration:

Artistic Aesthetics: The images will be evaluated on their visual appeal and creativity in composition. The Images that are visually striking, creatively composed, and display a unique artistic style will be given preference over those that are simply scientifically accurate.

Technical Excellence: The images will be evaluated for their technical quality, including focus, exposure, color balance, and image resolution.

Originality: The images will be evaluated on their level of originality, including the uniqueness of the subject matter, the composition, and the overall artistic approach.

 

Eligibility and Contest Rules

  • To participate in the competition, you must be registered for the Manitoba Materials Conference this year and you must attend this event.
  • Participants can only submit ONE piece of art.
  • The arts must be in JPEG, PNG, PSD, or TIFF format at the highest resolution possible (minimum 300 dpi). The aspect ratio is open.
  • The submitted image should be less than 5 MB in size.
  • The art must be sent with a title, a brief description of the original micrograph (e.g. sample/specimen, microscopy technique used), author(s) names, affiliation, and the laboratory name.
  • You can only submit your own art.
  • The arts that have won any other photomicrography competitions are NOT eligible.
  • The images must be sent on or before the deadline.
  • The winners will be announced and awarded at the Manitoba Materials Conference this year.

 

Submission

Questions or concerns as well as submitting your art along with a brief description can be done so via email to the MSC Central Student Chapter: msc.smc.central@gmail.com.

Schedule

8:30 a.m. Sign in/Registration and poster setup (Atrium)
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
Derek Oliver (MIM)
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. TBD
10:15-10:30 a.m. Short Break
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. TBD
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. TBD
11:30 a.m. Group photo
11:45 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Boxed lunch

Judging of posters

3:20 - 3:30 p.m. Poster takedown
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. TBD
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Grand prize competition presentation
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Networking mixer

 

 

Past conferences

View photos of past conferences, winners and more.
(Note that the conferences for 2020, 2021 and 2022 were postponed due to COVID-19)

2023

Manitoba Materials Conference 2023
Poster competition winners

group of participants from the manitoba mateirals conference 2023
Group photo of all the attendees of the Manitoba Materials Conference 2023.
Undergraduate    
Winner Roy Daou Chemistry (S. Kuss)
MSc    
Winner Sarah Currie Biosystems Engineering (S. Liu)
Honourable Mention Sangeev Selvaratnam Physics & Astronomy (J. Burgess)
PhD    
Winner Thilini Dissanayake Food & Human Nut. Sci. (N. Bandara)
Honourable Mention Farinaz Jonidi Shariatzadeh Biomedical Engineering (S. Liu
PDF/RA    
Winner Oladipupo Olatunde Food & Human Nut. Sci. (N. Bandara)
Honourable Mention Yushun Liu Mechanical Engineering (G. Zhu)
180s Grand Prize    
Winner Thilini Dissanayake Food & Human Nut. Sci. (N. Bandara)

2019

group of participants from the manitoba mateirals conference 2019

Manitoba Materials Conference 2019
Poster competition winners

Undergraduate    
Winner Robert Ortiz Chemistry (D. Herbert)
Honourable Mention Jesse Schmidt Chemistry (D. Herbert)
Honourable Mention Baldeep Sidhu Chemistry (D. Herbert)
MSc    
Winner Akif Ahmed Physics and Astronomy (J. Burgess)
Honourable Mention Elyssa Chan Food and Human Nutritional Sci (F. Koksel)
Honourable Mention Ziang Want Eletrical and Computer Eng. (G. Bridges)
PhD    
Winner Rachel Nickel Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Honourable Mention Kyle Monkman Physics and Astronomy (J. Sirker)
PDF/RA    
Winner Jiandong Wu Physics and Astronomy (F. Lin)
Honourable Mention Sebastien Kerhervé Physics and Astronomy (J. Page)
180s Grand Prize    
Winner Rachel Nickel Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)

2018

Manitoba Materials Conference 2018 group

Manitoba Materials Conference 2018
Poster competition winners

Undergraduate    
Honourable Mention Fariha Tasneem Mechanical Engineering (M. Xing)
MSc    
Winner (tie) Michael Shepit Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Winner (tie) Jinwei Rao Physics and Astronomy (C. M. Hu)
PhD    
Winner (tie) Yaroslav Wroczynski Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Winner (tie) Jason Braun Chemistry (D. Herbert)
Honourable Mention Paul Hyde Physics and Astronomy (C. M. Hu)
PDF/RA    
Winner Palash Kumar Manna Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Honourable Mention Igor Proskurin Physics and Astronomy (R. Stamps)
180s Grand Prize    
Winner Palash Kumar Manna Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)

 

2017

group of participants from the manitoba mateirals conference 2017

Manitoba Materials Conference 2017
Poster competition winners

Undergraduate    
Winner Laura Soriano Biosystems Engineering (M. Rahman)
Honourable Mention Michael Shepit Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
MSc    
Winner Kelly Newman Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Honourable Mention Rachel Nickel Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Honourable Mention Cole Mauws Chemistry (C. Wiebe)
PhD    
Winner Sebastien Kervervé Physics and Astronomy (J. Page)
Honourable Mention Gbenga Asala Mechanical Engineering (O. Ojo)
PDF/RA    
Winner Reine-Marie Guillermic Physics and Astronomy (J. Page)
Honourable Mention Maxime Lanoy Physics and Astronomy (J. Page)
180s Grand Prize    
Winner Reine-Marie Guillermic Physics and Astronomy (J. Page)

 

2016

group of participants from the manitoba mateirals conference 2016

Manitoba Materials Conference 2016
Poster competition winners

Undergraduate    
Winner Rachel Nickel Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Honourable Mention Ian Moran Civil Engineering (B. Gorczyca)
MSc    
Winner Guilherme Garrido Damaceno Mechanical Engineering (O. Ojo)
Honourable Mention Sandeep Kaur Physics and Astronomy (C. M. Hu)
Honourable Mention Jeffery Perkins Chemistry (G. Schreckenbach)
Honourable Mention Aoran Wei Mechanical Engineering (C. Deng)
PhD    
Winner Elizabeth Skoropata Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Honourable Mention Michael Harder Physics and Astronomy (C. M. Hu)
Honourable Mention Elnaz Afsharipour Elec. and Comp. Engineering (C. Shafai)
PDF/RA    
Winner Yuquing Liu Mechanical Engineering (M. Xing)
Honourable Mention Reine-Marie Guillermic Physics and Astronomy (J. Page)
180s Grand Prize    
Winner (tie) Elizabeth Skoropata Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Winner (tie) Guilherme Garrido Damaceno Mechanical Engineering (O. Ojo)

 

2015

group of participants from the manitoba mateirals conference 2015

Manitoba Materials Conference 2015
Poster competition winners

Undergraduate    
Winner Brandi Shabaga Geological Sciences (M. Fayek)
Honourable Mention Sandeep Kaur Physics and Astronomy (C. M. Hu)
MSc    
Winner Olaniyi Adebajo Mechanical Engineering (O. Ojo)
Honourable Mention Alix Bartel Mechanical Engineering (N. Wu)
Honourable Mention Saun Ryman Chemistry (M. Freund & Bruce)
PhD    
Winner Elizabeth Skoropata Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Honourable Mention Yaroslav Wroczynski Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Honourable Mention Edis Dzananovic Chemistry (S. McKenna)
PDF/RA    
Winner Lihui Bai Physics and Astronomy (C. M. Hu)
180s Grand Prize    
Winner Brandi Shabaga Geological Sciences (M. Fayek)

 

2014

group of participants from the manitoba mateirals conference 2014

Manitoba Materials Conference 2014
Poster competition winners

Undergraduate    
Winner Patrick Giesbrecht Chemistry (M. Freund)
MSc    
Winner Jared Bruce Chemistry (M. Freund)
Honourable Mention Yaroslav Wroczynski Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
PhD    
Winner Elizabeth Skoropata Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)
Honourable Mention Sebastien Kerhervé Physics and Astronomy (J. Page)
PDF/RA    
Winner Lihui Bai Physics and Astronomy (C. M. Hu)
180s Grand Prize    
Winner Elizabeth Skoropata Physics and Astronomy (J. van Lierop)

 

Manitoba Institute for Materials
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University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

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