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2022 research entries

Applied and Technical Programs

Agriculture

Factors influencing efficacy of footbath solutions

Author: Ania Buler, Julia Weiss, and Joshua Neate
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Renee Prasad

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Potato varieties and their post-harvest diseases

Author: Paula Eraso, Jiadong Li, Joshua Stolee, Jasruban Sidhu, and Gagan Khak
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Renee Prasad

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Pesticide side effects study for Dicyphus hesperus

Author: Sarah Fenwick, Noah van Leeuwen, Sat Chauhan, Stefan Lambrecht, and Stewart Fuoco
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Renee Prasad

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Thrips monitoring in leeks: Preliminary Observations from the 2021 and 2022 field season

Author: Leah Hamm
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Renee Prasad

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Sheep and Goat Internal Parasites: A preliminary survey

Author: Sage Harder and Reesa Jenvey
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Renee Prasad

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Physics and Mechatronics

Monte Carlo Simulation for High Energy Photons in Radiotherapy Dosimetry

Author: Jose Toffoli
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Derek Harnett

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Faculty of Science

Biology

Optimization of 4-TESB Crosslinked Pepsin to Fabricate an In-Situ Immobilized Microreactor for Proteomic Studies

Author: Maor Arad, Connor Frey, and Rhien Hare
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Golfam Ghafourifar

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Food Patch Preference of Eastern Grey Squirrels in Chilliwack, B.C

Author: Clarissa Capko, Abby Stevely, and Tiarra Fedrau 
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Alida Janmaat

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Identification of antimicrobial properties of families of chalcone derivatives

Author: Emily Dennis
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Jesper Johansen

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In-Situ Fabrication of Pepsin Immobilized Enzyme Microreactor for Bottom-Up Proteomics

Author: Connor Frey
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Golfam Ghafourifar

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Variation in Lung fluke (Haematoloechus spp.) Infection Among Age Classes of the American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Author: Heera Gill 
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr.Alida Janmaat and Christine Dalton

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Preparing primary cell cultures from the olfactory organ of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Author: Ryan Goldbach
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Lucy Lee, Dr. Justin Lee

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The Effect of the 2021 Heat Dome on Bumblebee Populations in the Fraser Valley

Author: Hallie Gilles
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Sandra Gillespie

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The Investigation of LNP-siRNA Formulations for Rainbow Trout Fish Cell Lines Through the Examination of Cellular Uptake and Reporter Gene Knockdown in Vitro

Author: Heather Kelly
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Justin Lee, Dr. Lucy Lee

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Annotating the Protein Coding Exons in Contig 54 of Drosophila bipectinata

Author: Opharsh Lail
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. James Bedard

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Does pre-copulatory intrasexual competition occur in the click beetle, Agriotes obscurus pairs to mate?

Author: Sukhanjote Mann
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Alida Janmaat

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Investigating the impacts of synthetic female sex pheromone on Agriotes obscurus (Coleoptera: Elateridae) mating behaviours.

Author: Elisha Miller
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Alida Janmaat

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Early Age Gastrointestinal Dysbiosis and Allergic Diseases

Author: Jessica Morgan
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Stephen Thomas

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Annotation of protein-coding genes in Drosophila bipectinata using comparative genomics

Author: Taysia Nikaido-Landry
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. James Bedard

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Applying Image Analysis Tools for Rapid Processing of in Vitro Rainbow Trout Cell Migration Data

Author: Daylan Pritchard 
UFV faculty supervisor: Avril Alfred, Dr. Lucy Lee, Avril Alfred

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Identification of two bacterial species based on their ability to bind and metabolize motor oil

Author: Mai Thai
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Stephen Thomas

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Exploring the Attitudes of BC/Yukon Hereditary Cancer Patients to a Supported Direct-Contact Approach for Informing Relatives about Genetic Testing

Author: Anna Tsoy
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Angela Bedard, Dr. James Bedard

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Investigation of Endocytic Mechanisms of Lipid Nanoparticles Encapsulating siRNA (LNP-siRNA) into Rainbow Trout Fish Cells in Vitro

Author: Katriana Van Woudenberg
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Justin Lee, Dr. Lucy Lee

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Chemistry

Investigation of Zn complexes ligated by a tetraanionic ligand for water oxidation

Author: Aman Gill
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Linus Chaing

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Ferrocene bearing Zinc salen complexes as a catalyst for the water splitting reaction

Author: Jeremie Mbenza
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Linus Chaing

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Synthesis of Nickel Complexes of a bis(amideaniline) Ligand

Author: Aneko Nagai
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Linus Chaing

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Investigations into the pharmacological impact of mono- or di-methoxy substitutions on chalcones in the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans

Author: Curtis Plug
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Nathan Bialas

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Investigating the electronic structure and electrochemistry of nickel salen complexes bearing ferrocene moieties in its secondary coordination sphere

Author: Rachel Sailer
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Linus Chiang

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Mathematics and Statistcs

Effect of vaccination drive on COVID-19 cases in Canada

Author: Noordiner Kaur
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Shaun Sun

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School of Computing

Social Embodiment of Companion Robots in Smart Spaces: IoRT for Independent Living

Author: Chanzo Muema
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Amir Shabani

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School of Land Use and Environmental Change

The Impact of Urbanization on Water Quality in Stoney Creek, Abbotsford, BC; The correlation of temperature and disolved oxygen

Author: Jennifer Heldt
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Steven Marsh

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Utilizing GIS to bridge the gap between vertical farming and local consumers

Author: Lisa Horton
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Rob Newell, Dr. Stephania Pizzirani, Dr. Addisalem Benyam

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Geochemistry (Water Quality) of Clayburn Creek Watershed in Abbortsford, BC, Canada

Author: Ranjeel Reddy
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Steven Marsh, Dr. Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink, Dr. Sharon Gillies

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Comparing Diel Water Quality Patterns in Old Growth and Second Growth Watersheds

Author: Abigail Riddols, Jennifer Heldt, Rajneel Reddy, Isaac Fast, Clay Falk, Ethan Fawcett, Jessa Dewick
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Steven Marsh

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Faculty of Health Sciences

Kinesiology

Exploring the feasibility, acceptability, and potential benefits of an 8-week online yoga program for young adults affected by cancer

Author: Nafeel Arshad
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Amanda Wurz

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The Exploration of UFV's Built Environment in Pursuit of an Age-Friendly Designation

Author: Cody Berends
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Shelley Canning, CERA

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Accessibility at Cultus Lake for Those with Mobility Impairments Between the Ages of 40-59

Author: Cody Berends
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Carl Nienhuis

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The Feasibility of an Online Progressive Resistance Training Program with Instability for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study

Author: Katrina Frankenberger
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Gillian Hatfield

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Effects of a combined exercise, self-regulation, and interoception intervention for children with self-regulation challenges

Author: Danika Rahnborn
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Kathy Keiver, Alison Pritchard-Orr MSc

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Nursing

Exploring the experiences of D/deaf and hard of hearing people in the Canadian healthcare system

Author: Nicole Cusick
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Shelley Canning

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Social Connections: Assisted Living Seniors' Experiences During COVID-19

Author: Rosaley Klassen
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Shelley Canning

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College of Arts

Psychology

"Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old”: An Examination of Social and Emotional Loneliness in Older & Younger Adults

Author: Amanjot Dhaliwal, Harpawandeep Kang
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Lesley Jessiman, Dr. Andrea Hughes

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Transgender & Gender Diverse Individuals: A Community Within a Community

Author: Josef Faber
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Donna Tafreshi

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Mind the (Empathy) Gap: Using Moral Reframing to Increase Empathy and Change COVID-19 Vaccination Attitudes Across the Left-Right Political Divide

Author: Michelle Grafton
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Sven van de Wetering

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Predictors of Intergenerational Friendship in Younger Adults

Author: Varshaa Kashyap
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Zoe Francis

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A Conceptual Analysis of Happiness as expressed by Psychology Students

Author: Sarah Kramer
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Donna Tafreshi

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A More Generalizable Application of Social Norms and Its Affect on the Trustworthy Bias

Author: Jordan McEvoy
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Shawn Geniole

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How psychologists talk about psychological knowledge and research in podcasts: A discourse analysis

Author: Samantha Motola
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Donna Tafreshi

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The effects of Mindfulness Meditation

Author: Jasleen Rakkar
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Zoe Francis

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The Effects of Screen Time on Adolescents' and Young Adults’ Social Experiences

Author: Imran Tatla
UFV faculty supervisor: Dr. Andrea Hughes, Dr. Lesley Jessiman

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“Honestly, I could do research for the rest of my life! I don’t know what it is about (research). There’s so much out there others have looked into but there’s always a gap and that’s the fun part about research.”

  • – Sien Barnett
  •    BA, English

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