Anthony J. MacKay Student Paper Contest / Concours de communications étudiantes Anthony J. Mackay
Robyn Reist (no photo available), Humza Nusrat, Christian Raharja
Each year the Students and Young Professionals Committee organizes a student paper contest in conjunction with the CRPA annual conference.
Students are invited to submit their work on a topic related to some aspect of radiation. The topic is intentionally kept broad to encourage participation from a wide range of students. For complete submission requirements, visit the CRPA website.
For 2018, we have changed the format. Instead of selecting one winner in advance of the conference, three finalists have been selected based on the abstracts they submitted (max 750 words) and will each be given the opportunity to present their work at the conference. The presentations will be judged, and the winner will receive the Anthony J. MacKay Award and have their winning paper published in the CRPA Bulletin.
Each of these three finalists will have their conference registration, travel, and accommodations provided courtesy of this year’s student contest sponsor, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
The annual contest is open to all students enrolled full-time in a Canadian college or university program related to the radiation sciences. All finalists must be able to attend the conference in person to present their work.
This year’s finalists
Institute: University of Saskatchewan
Program: Community Health and Epidemiology (MSc)
Paper Title: Residential Radon and Lung Cancer: The Canadian Connection
Robyn Reist, PEng (engineering physics), worked in radiation protection at Cameco Corporation in Saskatchewan from 2010 to 2017. She is now pursuing an MSc in community and population health science with a focus on ergonomics/human factors, at the University of Saskatchewan. She has enjoyed learning about and applying academic research processes, but she plans to return to industry when she completes her MSc with a new perspective on why injuries, accidents, and ill health occur in workplaces and how to prevent them.
Institute: Ryerson University
Program: Biomedical Physics (PhD)
Paper Title: A Novel Method for Resolving the Energy Spectrum of a Radiation Beam Using Doped Plastic Scintillators
Humza Nusrat is a fourth-year PhD student in the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP)–accredited biomedical physics program at Ryerson University. His research work has focused on evaluating the variations in cancer radiotherapy using Monte Carlo simulations and the development of novel technology for the measurement of radiation effectiveness at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is the vice-chair of the student councils of both the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Working Group to Promote Non-Clinical Career Paths for Medical Physicists.
Institute: Michener Institute
Program: Nuclear Medicine
Paper Title: Assessing Dose Administration of Lu-177 DOTATATE Therapy: Quantifying the Residual Dose
Christian Raharja is a nuclear medicine student at the Michener Institute, University of Toronto. His current clinical rotation is within the University Health Network, which includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, and SickKids Hospital. His work focuses on creating quality assurance projects to improve the current trials and procedures implemented in the hospitals he works in. His hobbies include weightlifting, cooking, paddling (dragon boat), and travelling.