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Lassonde Undergraduate Research Awards (LURA)

The Lassonde Undergraduate Research Awards – also known as LURA – is a unique undergraduate program that grants students the opportunity to work under a professor on a specific research project. This is an excellent way for undergraduate students to explore research of interest, build strong relationships with faculty, and develop a sense of the exciting, exploratory nature of Graduate school.

LURA is a unique experiential learning opportunity that students can’t often find in a more traditional engineering school setting. In addition to immersive research experience, participants earn highly marketable, professional skills like communication, public speaking, and project management. Alumni of the program have gone on to achieve success in both academia and the engineering industry.

It takes a network of driven, curious, and creative individuals to produce ground-breaking research. Our hope is to continue to grow this program to include students from all walks of life – with diverse perspectives, experiences, and interests.

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Coming Soon! 2021-2022 Fall/Winter Lassonde Undergraduate Rsearch Award (LURA)

Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming undergraduate research opportunity.

2021 Undergraduate Summer Student Research Conference Winners

Read more about the 2021 Undergraduate Summer Student Research Conference that happened on August 17, 2021, here.

Plenary Presentation Winners

First Place: Scott Watson, Civil Engineering, supervised by John Gales
Project: Methodology for the Non-Linear Thermal Analysis of Structural Cables Exposed to Fire

Second Place: Dhruvi Desai, Mechanical Engineering, supervised by Cuiying Jian
Project: Tuning Mechanical Properties of Graphene by Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Third Place (Tie): Jessie Chesal, Earth & Space Science & Engineering, supervised by Isaac Smith
Project: Identifying Areas of Horizontal Wind Shear and Corresponding Cloud Morphologies in the Middle Atmosphere of Venus

Third Place (Tie): Yaniv Khaslavsky, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, supervised by Ali-Sadeghi-Naini
Project: A Software Framework for Rapid Generation of Quantitative Ultrasound Parametric Images

The Student Choice Award: Dhruvi Desai, Mechanical Engineering, supervised by Cuiying Jian
Project: Tuning Mechanical Properties of Graphene by Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Video Presentation Winners

First Place: Sara Hajari, Mechanical Engineering, supervised by Eleftherios Sachlos
Project: Developing a Novel Collagen-Based Scaffold that Best Mimics the Extracellular Matrix Composition of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cell Niche

Second Place: Ellen van Wijngaarden, Mechanical Engineering, supervised by Pouya Rezai
Project: Testing Heavy Metal Toxicity in Zebrafish Larvae Using Microfluidics

Third Place: Walleed Khan, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, supervised by Michael Jenkin
Project: Sentiment Analysis for a Socially Engagement Robot

First Place Student Choice Award: David Tran, Civil Engineering, supervised by Peter Park
Project: Microsimulation Analysis of Truck Signal Priority in the Region of Peel

Second Place Student Choice Award: Ellen van Wijngaarden, Mechanical Engineering, supervised by Pouya Rezai
Project: Testing Heavy Metal Toxicity in Zebrafish Larvae Using Microfluidics

Third Place Student Choice Award: Damith Tennakoon, Earth & Space Science & Engineering, supervised by Mojgan Jadidi
Project: Augmented Reality Sandbox Captures Beyond the Sands Using an Object Detection Approach

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About the LURA program

There are two award programs within the Lassonde School of Engineering:

  • Lassonde Undergraduate Research Awards (LURA)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC USRA)

Applications for Summer 2021 were due in February 2021. Slides of the information sessions can be accessed here. More updates for the next offering of LURA or USRA will be posted at a later date.

Tricia Martinez

3rd-year Civil Engineering student

With an interest in Transportation Engineering, Tricia is working with Dr. Peter Park in the summer of 2021 through the Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award program.

Their work will analyze pedestrian and vehicular movement patterns in Toronto to develop a model for road design that optimizes safety, convenience and accessibility for all users. 

“I wanted to explore my passion further and challenge myself with what I can contribute to this field by working on tangible solutions that can improve people’s lives.

I chose to participate in research because this was the perfect way for me to get hands-on experience in solving real-life problems that I am passionate about while gaining important life skills.

I hope to inspire other female engineers to stand out and be proud of who they are!

– Tricia Martinez