Celebrating the innovation that thrives at Fanshawe

On March 18, 2015, Fanshawe hosted Research and Innovation Day, a celebration that brought faculty, staff, students and industry partners together to showcase ongoing and completed research and social innovation projects carried out over the past year. This year's event combined previously separate faculty and student-focused research and innovation events into one.

Dan Douglas, Dean of Fanshawe's Centre for Research and Innovation, says this year's event took on added significance because 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of the College's formal entry into research activities. "Fanshawe strives to be a leader in research and innovation by making it a priority component of the exceptional student experience at the College," he says. "The energy and enthusiasm I've seen from our students, faculty and industry partners today tells me that we're on the right track. Innovation does indeed thrive here."

At the end of the day, Douglas presented the top three prizes and a 'People's Choice' award for each category, as well as a new award to the project that best demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit and potential.
The winning entries were: 

Applied Research

1st Place: Jasmine Therrien – Natural Prevention of Worldwide Loss of Corn using Pseudomonas aeruginosa 

2nd Place: Walter Gramajo, David Krent, Samuel Garcia and Ryan McHale – RezGuide

3rd Place: Sarah Broadfoot and Cassandra Marks – Gasoline-eating Microbugs

People's Choice: Johanna Garzon and Linnea Smith – Protecting Ontario's Ginseng Crop

Social Innovation and Scholaship

1st Place: Tanya Naha – Stress and Burnout Prevention for Emerging Educators

2nd Place: Sydnie Nauss – Aboriginal Content within the Early Childhood Educator Programs in Ontario

3rd Place: Hatty Verberne – Angry Children

People's Choice: Ronak Zareardalan – Medical Marijuana, Beneficial or Detrimental? 

Entrepreneurship

Deion Farrington and Ryan Figueriedo - GamerLink: Connecting gamers based on similar playing styles, skill level, location and a host of other factors in order to improve multiplayer gaming experiences.

The winning students were rewarded for their innovative projects thanks to generous donations from the Alumni Association, Partners in Research, Audienceview and LEAP Junction.