Student Research & Innovation Day - Innovation Thrives Here
On March 26, 2014, Fanshawe College hosted the third annual Student Research and Innovation Day (SRID). This event allows students to showcase truly innovative projects that they have created independently, in-class or as a part of a capstone project. With more than 29 entrants, the James A. Colvin Atrium was filled to capacity with project displays and visitors touring the exhibitions. This year's event differed from previous SRID events as projects were divided into two categories: Applied Research and Social Innovation and Scholarship. The day commenced at 1 p.m. with a lecture in the Scotiabank Lecture theatre by Dr. Cecil Shewchuk. Dr. Shewchuk presented An Idea is Not Enough to help students bridge the gap between the conception of an idea and the implementation of an entrepreneurial business plan.
At 2 p.m evaluation of the projects began with three judges for each category. The judging staff was comprised of two Fanshawe College vice-presidents and leading members of London's business and manufacturing sectors. Students had five minutes to present their entry and impress the judges. Entries ranged from a hydraulic test stand to a mobile application aimed at improving interaction between faculty and students in college environments. Many student projects were conceived in the classroom but had real world applications.
After the judging had concluded, Dan Douglas, Dean for the Centre for Research and Innovation, presented the top three prizes in each category as well as an additional prize each for the most popular entry of the day.
The winning entries were:
- 1st place - Large Scale Production of Bacterial Cellulose for Multi-Purpose Commercialization by Angela Whitcomb
- 2nd place - Hydraulic Test Stand by Ryan Vandendriessche, Derek Van Hemert, Dan Pszeniczny, Joe Greco and Andrew Xuereb
- 3rd place - Experimental Evolution of an E. Coli Strain: Optimized for Five-Carbon Sugar Metabolism by Jasmine Therrien
- People's Choice - Cable Concrete: The Future of Erosion Control by Alex Williams and David Strydonck
Social Innovation and Scholarship
- 1st place - Fairview Gardens: Community for Adults with Intellectual Development Diversities by LaLa Strumpher, Tara Dupuis and Diana Lehan-Port
- 2nd place - Enhancing Capabilities Through Design and Nature by Manoj Dubb and Mark Musta
- 3rd place - CheapON: The CHEAP Ontario Groceries App by Allison Gray, Zoya Sekhon, Mansi Bhavsar, Mandy MacKinnon and Sara Lake
- People's Choice - Phyta: Developing a Rich-Media Web Framework to Improve Client Education and the Learning Experience Within Natural Nutrition Practices by Stephanie Whent, Ashley Gerrard, Jillian Leigh Tester and Matthew De Melo
With generous donations from the London Economic Development Corporation, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Harrison Pensa Law Firm and the Fanshawe College Alumni Association, students were rewarded for their innovation.
With the research department at Fanshawe College comparatively young in origin, events like SRID prove that not only are students prepared for the demands of the workforce, but they have the potential to excel.
Students were able to showcase their ingenuity and get noticed by community leaders who look to Fanshawe College as an innovator in research and technology. If you have not been involved in Student Research and Innovation Day, start looking forward to next year. Any Fanshawe student is eligible and encouraged to enter.
Angela Whitcomb won first place in the Applied Research category.
View photos of all winners.