Anthony J. MacKay Student Paper Contest / Concours de communications étudiantes Anthony J. Mackay
Riham Darwish, Ryan Moffat, and Laila Omar-Nazir
Each year the Students and Young Professionals Committee organizes a student paper contest in conjunction with the CRPA annual conference.
The contest is open to all students enrolled full-time in a Canadian college or university program related to radiation sciences. For complete submission requirements, visit the CRPA website.
Students are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 750 words on a topic related to some aspect of radiation. The topic is intentionally kept broad to encourage participation from a wide range of students.
All students who enter the contest receive a free one-year CRPA membership.
From among the submissions, three finalists are selected and given the opportunity to present their work in a plenary session at the conference. All three finalists will have their conference registration, travel, and accommodations provided. The winning paper will be published in the CRPA Bulletin.
The presentations are judged and the winner is announced during the awards banquet.
This year’s finalists
Institute: Carleton University
Paper title: Adaptation of the cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay to imaging flow cytometry
Riham Darwish is a third-year biomedical and electrical engineering student at Carleton University. For the past eight months, she has been working for Health Canada’s Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection Bureau. Upon the completion of her internship at Health Canada, she plans on pursuing graduate studies in radiobiology.
Institute: University of Waterloo
Paper title: Optimization of a whole-body counting system using BOMAB phantoms and MCNP
Ryan Moffat is a second-year mathematical physics student at the University of Waterloo. He did work for Health Canada’s Human Monitoring Laboratory during his co-op work term, mainly focusing on Monte Carlo simulations such as Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP).
Institute: McMaster University
Paper title: Development of a silicon-plastic scintillator coincidence beta-ray spectrometer
Laila Omar-Nazir is a graduate student pursuing an MSc in health and radiation physics at McMaster University. In her bachelor’s studies, she participated in work placements with Ontario Power Generation and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. She also completed an undergraduate thesis in radiation biology. Laila is working with the Health Physics Department at McMaster and is involved with the student initiative McMaster NEUDOSE.