2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Fair


Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Time: 8:30am - 2pm
Location: Instructional Building/Centre (IB), 1599 Outer Circle, UTM

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Negin Dahya, ICCIT
Professor Iva Zovkic, Psychology

Download Event Program  |  Download General Event poster


Oral Presentation Winners

Peter (Haoxuan) Ge
Geography, Geomatics and Environment
Supervisor: Jue Wang
Title of Presentation: Spatial non-stationary effect of the unhealthy food environment and green spaces for diabetes in Toronto

Sandra Zhitkova
Chemical and Physical Sciences
Supervisor: Josh Milstein
Title of Presentation: Single-cell segmentation analysis on dynamic bacterial micro-colonies

Poster Presentation Winners

Sherry Du
Supervisor: Rosalind Murray
Title of Poster: Road salt pollution increases sex-bias in emerging mosquito populations

Scott Ford
Supervisor: Rob Ness
Title of Poster: Effects of urbanization on Chalmdomonas algae

Jonathan Waugh
Geography, Geomatics and Enviroment
Supervisor: Tim Duval
Title of Poster: Chlorophyll a dynamics in the UTM stormwater pond

Isabella Vessio
Supervisor: Marc Johnson
Title of Poster: Changes in herbivory and evolution of antiherbivore defences in Trifolium repens along an urban-rural gradient in Toronto

** Important Dates** 

  • Presentation registration deadline: Monday, July 18, 2022
  • Workshops for presenters: July 27, 2022 
  • General participation registration deadline: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
  • Deadline for printing posters free of charge: Monday, August 8, 2022 at 4:00 PM (firm deadline)

Please note that registration is now closed.



Established by the UTM Office of the Vice-Principal, Research (OVPR), the Summer Undergraduate Research Fair* celebrates the research conducted by undergraduate students over the summer. Students from the Research Opportunity Program, recipients of the Undergraduate Student Research Awards and recipients of the University of Toronto Excellence Awards share their work in the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences through oral and poster presentations. 

This year's event will be held in person, with oral and poster presentations.  


Register to Present Your Research

Please note that this event will take place in person on the UTM campus. There is no option to present virtually.

  • Registration deadline: Monday, July 18, 2022
  • Deadline for printing posters free of charge: Monday, August 8, 2022 at 4:00 PM (firm deadline)

Please read the following information carefully before registering:

  1. Registration is open to undergraduate students conducting a Summer 2022 research project under the supervision of a UTM faculty researcher.
  2. You are allowed one poster per registration. If your poster includes co-presenters, the first author should register on behalf of the team and fill out the information of all co-presenters. We strongly recommend that groups select only one member of the team to present; however, if you do present as a group, the group should have no more than three presenters in total.
  3. If you would prefer to deliver an oral presentation, please select this option in the registration form. Our team will contact you, during the week of July 18, to let you know if you have been selected.

Oral Presentations:

  • Will not include a poster.
  • Will consist of one speaker only.
  • Will be three minutes (with an additional 2 minutes for questions).
  • Will include only 1 static slide (no animations, transitions, moving graphics, sound, or video).

Note that if you are not selected for an oral presentation, you will present a poster.


Registration for General Participation 

Faculty, librarians, staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergradute students are all welcome to attend. Please note that registration is now closed. Contact our team with any questions.


Poster Printing 

You can print your poster free of charge at the UTM Print and Copy Centre! The printing deadline is Monday, August 8, 2022 at 4:00 PM (firm deadline).

Please read the Poster Printing Parameters carefully before submitting your poster for printing.

Contact Allison or Anwar directly (copy.utm@utoronto.ca) for questions related to printing your poster. Please DO NOT contact the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research (OVPR) with any printing questions.


Workshops (July 27, 2022)

This July, the OVPR will host two virtual workshops to support research presentations: one will focus on how to prepare a successful poster, the other on how to deliver a strong oral presentation. We recommend all registrants attend these workshops.

Poster Presentation Workshop: Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 10am - 11am, via Zoom
Oral Presentation Workshop: Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 11am - 12 noon, via Zoom



Office of the Vice-Principal, Research


*Formerly Smarti Gras - Undergraduate Summer Research Celebration


Past Events:

2022 Event (event write-up

2021 Event (event write-up)

2020 Event (event write-up)

2019 Event (event write-up)

2018 Event (event write-up)

2017 Event (event write-up)

2016 Event (event write-up)