Undergraduate Forum: Winners

Context note:

Winners were historically selected from among the Forum finalists from 2015-2022.

In an interest to provide a more inclusive space and formally recognize the differences in research and creative practices across disciplines that can make judging a multidisciplinary event like the Undergraduate Research and Creative Forum a challenge, the decision was made not to adjudicate the final student displays and presentations at the in-person Forum effective 2022-2023. Moving forward, all finalists that are selected to participate in the Forum receive an honorarium and a notation on their Co-Curricular Report to reward and celebrate their contributions.

A special mention and thanks to all the finalists for sharing their research with the University of Toronto Scarborough Community. 

Please contact Sarah Forbes with any questions.


Research Stream Winners:

Caitlin Arizala, Abigail Ralph, Omer Jamal - Evaluating & Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics For Racialized Youth In Toronto’s COVID-19 Hotspots

Creative Stream Winners (tie):

Bhanvi Sachdeva - An Ode To Her: Poetry in Qualitative Research

Hodman Abukar - Some Things You Just Can't Speak About: A Digital Art Piece


1st Place: Oviya Muralidharan - E-Survey of Stressors and Protective Factors in Practicing Medical Assistance in Dying

2nd Place (tie): 

Gloria Umogbai - Black Don't Crack? The Amplification of Racism and Ageism on Black Aging Bodies 

Ruolin Wu - The More the Better? Examining the Relation between Strategy Repertoire and Goal Attainment

3rd Place: Aqsa Zahid - Stigma Associated with Schizophrenia: The importance of diagnostic label vs. negative symptom presentation


1st Place: Nayaab Punjani - Bioengineered SMaRT Human Neural Stem Cells for Scar Degradation and Functional Recovery in a Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Model

2nd Place: Srisudhakar Nowduri - Bacteria are Picky Homeowners

3rd Place: Ali Javeed - The Virtuous Side of the Escalator: Political Orientation and the Moralization of Public Social Norms


1st Place: Nazia Mohsin - Phonetic Symbolism in Urdu

2nd Place: Shenhab Zaig - Mechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression and analgesia in zebrafish

3rd Place: Dilakshan Srikanthan - Elucidating the Efficacy of Intrathecal Delivery of CAR-T immunotherapy in preclinical models of Medulloblastoma


1st Place: Janessa Tam & Hoi Tai Lau- Processing Digraphic Text (Cantonese-English) in Social Media Settings

2nd Place: Community Forestry Approach to Climate Change Adaptation: Example from the Dry Zone of Myanmar 

3rd Place: Social Support and Illness Perception: How Social Support is associated with perceived Symptom Burden in Patients on Maintenance Dialysis


1st Place: Tasneem Ezzy - Factors Involved in Replication-Mediated Instability of Disease Associated Repeats

2nd Place: Dilakshan Srikanthan, Sumaya Dano, Luke Ajay David, Nimra Javaid, and Amanda Yee - Effects of cohabiting offspring on fitness of female western black widow spiders

3rd Place (3 way tie): Ayesha Tasneem - Morphological development of basket cells in the murine cerebellar cortex; Steven Chang - Total and Methylmercury in Created Wetlands of Rouge Valley National Urban Park; Maegan Evelyn Sweeney - Structural modulation of tris porphyrin molecules for electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide


1st Prize: Srivathsan Morkonda Gnanasekaran - Migration of Moonlets in Saturn's Rings

2nd Prize: Tania Mahendiran - Investigating Interactions between Mood & Global & Local scene processing

3rd Prize: Kevin Ng - Urban Hydrology of the Mimico Creek Watershed