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Scientifically Yours 2023 will be held on May 11th and 12th!

Thursday, May 11, 2023
8:00 - 9:00amRegistration, Residence
9:10 - 9:30amWelcome (Pond Inlet)
9:30 - 10:30amScavenger Hunt
10:30 - 10:45amSnack Break (Pond Inlet)
10:45 - 12:15pmScience Project #1
12:15 - 1:00pmLunch (Pond Inlet)
1:00 - 2:30pmScience Project #2
2:30 - 3:00pmSnack break (Pond Inlet)
3:00 - 4:30pmScience Project #3
4:30 - 5:45pmResidence: Dress for Mentor’ dinner
6:00 - 6:20pmGroup Photo
6:30 - 9:30pmMentor’ dinner (Pond Inlet)
9:30pmSign into Residence
Friday, May 12, 2023
8:00 - 8:50amBreakfast (Dining Hall)
8:50 - 9:00amMeet the Project Leaders (Pond Inlet)
9:00 - 10:30amScience Project #4
10:30 - 11:45amPanel Discussion (Pond Inlet) Snacks
11:45 - 1:00pmInformal Activities
1:00 - 2:00pmLunch (Pond Inlet)
2:00 - 3:30pmScience Project #5
3:30 - 3:45pmSnack Break (Pond Inlet)
3:45 - 5:15pmScience Project #6
5:15 - 6:30pmCertificate Presentation (Pond Inlet) Snacks
6:30 - 7:00pmCheck Out and Departure (Residence)

Everyone will participate in a total of six project sessions. You will be able to prioritize four projects from the following list. We will do our best to accommodate all 4 choices. The remaining 2 projects will be randomly selected for you.


 DNA Fingerprinting
A crime was committed in the ’70s and circumstantial evidence presented at the trial was instrumental in the sentencing of the accused to life in prison. The convicted declares his innocence. After 30 years in prison, key evidence left behind at the scene holds the clue to determining the innocence of the accused. Students will generate a genetic profile of themselves and the victim using actual forensic techniques and in the end, who knows, you may even solve a crime!

 Crazy Cricket Neuron Networks
Ever wonder why flies, spiders, crickets and other insects are so hard to catch? One reason is that insects are very highly sensitive to changes in their environment. Insects like crickets can perceive sound and air currents better than we can and move out of the way of your hand (or a flyswatter) long before they have seen something approaching them. A key component of this ability is how information is encoded and processed in the central nervous system (ie: the brain) of the insect. This project will examine the anatomy and physiology of a cricket’s sensory and nervous system and look to see how changes in the environment all play a role in how information is encoded. Participants will have an opportunity to see the neuronal activity of a living cricket and see how that activity changes in response to changes in air currents, sound stimuli and temperature. You will also be able to record this activity through your smartphone (android and iPhone) to analyze and take home with you.

 The World’s Your Oyster
The resilience of Earth’s ecosystems and the services it provides (e.g. clean air, food, fertile soils, etc.), are currently threatened by many human induced threats (e.g., climate change, pollution, overexploitation, etc.). It is very difficult to truly understand these human induced threats and their impact on the ecosystem, as the ecosystem itself is governed by many complex interactions. To get around this problem, ecologists can make artificial ecosystems and study the impact of human induced threats one at a time. In this project, you will become ecologists and attempt to build your very own artificial ecosystem! You will get the chance to learn about the major players (i.e., the primary, secondary producers, and the consumers), and then you will get to build an ecosystem you think will become self-sufficient and outlast the test of time!

Oenology and Viticulture

 Tasting and Testing

Why are juice and pop so delicious?  It’s the balance between the sugar and the acid.  Join researchers from Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) in an exploration of what makes these drinks so tasty.  We will do some blind taste tests in our sensory evaluation laboratory using specialize software called Compusense® and then we will move to the chemistry lab to analyse the samples we just tasted to see how much sugar and acid they have.   When we compare these data, we’ll know which chemical composition tastes best!

Health Sciences

 Brain and Cardiovascular Health (new project in 2022)
An important connection exists between our brain and our cardiovascular system. For humans to survive, the brain must tell the cardiovascular system exactly how to function and the cardiovascular system must always supply our brain with oxygen-rich blood. When these systems fail, we develop cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases – the leading cause of death among Canadians! To help us perform important activities such as standing up, running, or lifting weights, the brain makes our heart beat faster and squeezes our blood vessels to increase blood pressure. Healthy elastic blood vessels are also key to helping the heart deliver oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to our brain and muscles. This demonstration will highlight how the brain controls the cardiovascular system during physical exercise and standing by using state-of-the-art equipment including ECG, continuous blood pressure monitors, isometric handgrip and a tilt table. We will also highlight the elasticity of important blood vessels supplying our brain using cutting-edge ultrasound techniques that allow us to see our blood vessels in action and hear blood flow to the brain!

 Blood Typing

Are you ready to solve a crime and save a life?” Do you know what a blood group is? Have you ever wondered what it means when the doctor in your favourite TV show says “we need a B-positive donor”? What does “B-positive” even stand for? How does it relate to our blood? If these questions ever crossed your mind, them come and join us at Brock University for a fun-filled lab exercise where all these questions will be answered. You will learn how blood can be classified into different groups based on the presence or absence of certain proteins on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs). You will also experience how blood typing can help in solving forensic mysteries and identifying donors for transfusions during medical emergencies. In a scenario-based activity, you will get a chance to become a detective and attempt to solve a “murder”. By performing a blood type analysis to match the blood type of samples found at the “crime scene” with those of several suspects, you can help identify the “culprit”. In another scenario, you can become a hematologist who will practice cross-matching to determine which blood types are compatible for transfusions and find the right “donor” to “save a patient’s life”! Are you ready to take up these challenges?


 Flames, Fireworks and Explosions
You can choose from many spectacular experiments – The Volcano Reactions, Barking Dogs, Instant Fire and Coloured Fireworks among them – to learn more about how fireworks are made and some common causes of explosions and fires in science labs. Demonstrators will help you set up these exciting reactions so that you can perform them safely.

Computer Science

 Build Your Own Space Invaders
This workshop will guide you through the development of a Space Invaders clone using the 2D game development system GameEditor. You will learn basic logical skills in order to create a game. Depending on the level of the workshop, you will also obtain basic programming skills in C. After this fun class you will be able to play your game on your PC, your Mac, or even your iPhone.

Earth Sciences

 Go Fish!
Bring to life the ancient remains of fossilized fish from the Green River Formation in Wyoming! Using fossil preparation tools and techniques employed by paleontologists and curators in museums worldwide, you will have the opportunity to uncover and prepare your own specimen of a fossilized fish. Each specimen is different – so you may uncover other fossils during your preparatory work! We will discuss how these unique fossils formed and how studying the environments of the past give us a glimpse at our future! When complete take your specimen home with you (and prove it wasn’t all a tall fish tale!).


Building Robots (new project in 2022)
In this unit, you will build a robot with your peer. You will practice your problem-solving skills and be creative. It will also be a good chance to make friends and have fun.


 Physics is Too Cool!
In this unit, you will learn about super-cold cryogenic substances like dry ice and liquid-nitrogen. You will investigate how well different types of materials conduct an electrical current at these low temperatures. The materials you will get to examine are metals, semiconductors and superconductors. It’s these superconductors that are expected to have important technological applications because of their many unusual properties; including their ability to levitate magnets, as you will see!

Light is one of the ways we interact with the world around us. Our eyes are the first thing to tell us about our surrounding environments. Even the virtual world, which we interact with more and more each day, is brought to us via light. But just how do we capture that 3D information in a picture? In this session, we will explore how our eyes operate and communicate with us using photons.

Relatively Yours (new project in 2022)
The theory of relativity is one of the cornerstones of modern physics. It is a crucial component in our fundamental understanding of everything in the universe, from the smallest subatomic particles to the universe as a whole. It explains the nature of space and time, and unifies them into a single entity called spacetime. Relativity is also responsible for many weird and counter-intuitive phenomena, such as time dilation, length contraction, and relativity of simultaneity. In this project you will learn about some of these weird phenomena by drawing and analyzing spacetime diagrams. The project is best suitable for students with a good intuition for physics and math, but no knowledge beyond the standard high-school curriculum is required.


 eBrock Bugs Adventure

Want to learn about probability? Brock Bugs is a board game created by a Brock mathematics professor for students to explore some key concepts in this field. We’ll play it together online and study how to come up with an “optimal” strategy. However, this is a game of chance, so even the best players will lose some of the time! You’ll get your own copy of the game if you participate!

Oh no! The bullies have taken over Bug City! Can you save Smarty, Bugzy and everyone else by beating the bullies at their own game? Be warned, the bullies are clever and know how to play very well, so you’ll have to put on your thinking cap to outsmart them! Don’t worry, expert help is available from Smarty and Bugzy. By playing this online game, developed at Brock by a Mathematics student and two professors, you will learn many key concepts in probability.


 Measuring the Mind
Discover how to measure brain function and thought through interactive neuropsychological tests – what are your ‘neurological strengths’? Experience what it’s like when your brain isn’t able to do what it’s used to doing. Discover how you can measure your mind and what those measures can tell us about the brain and and how it functions.


 Experience @BrockMakerSpace
Discover the Makerspace in Brock’s James A. Gibson Library and all that it has to offer! Try your hand at 3D modelling, Design with Cricut, or learn about Arduinos and Raspberry Pi single-board computers. Spend some time learning some audio or video editing tricks, do some green-screen photography, then learn how to program a robot! The Makerspace is a fun, collaborative, open environment for all Brock students, and this session will give you an in-depth overview of Makerspace concepts and activities. Creativity in Design with Cricut, Code in 3D with BlocksCAD, Make Music, Sphero Maze.

In addition to the Workshop projects we have a variety of other activities planned.

Conference Activities

  • Six Hands on Science/Math Projects
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Dinner with Professional Scientists (semi-formal, business casual)
  • Panel Discussion with Current Brock Students

Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind to ensure that your stay with us is as comfortable as possible.

Clothing: Generally, dress for the conference is casual (jeans, shorts and skirts), however, in many of the projects, long pants and closed shoes are required. Please wear closed shoes while participating in the science projects. This is a matter of laboratory safety.

A T-shirt will be provided for you to wear for the 2-day event. You are asked to wear the T-shirt during the conference for ease of identification while on campus.

Mentors’ Dinner: We have scheduled ‘an evening with professionals in STEM careers’. This is an semi-formal, business casual wear event.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give Christene Carpenter-Cleland, Scientifically Yours Co-coordinator, a call at 905 688 5550 x5788 or email: ccarpenterclela@brocku.ca

Sponsors and opportunities

2022 Community Sponsors:

2022 Brock Sponsors:

Bronze $500, Silver $1000, Gold $2000, Platinum $3000, Diamond $5000 or more

If you would like to join our sponsors there are a number of ways to do so. Consider sponsoring a delegate, or an individual activity.

For more information contact Christene Carpenter-Cleland (ccarpenterclela@brocku.ca, 905 688 5550 x5788)

Project Leader – Needed for 2023


Project Leaders will be responsible for helping to lead and supervise a 1.25 hour workshop that will be offered up to six (6) times during the 2-day Scientifically Yours Conference. The laboratory/workshop that the Project Leader will direct will be closely related to their program of study. Project Leaders will work closely with the faculty or staff member of the department supervising the project.

  • Attend a 1 hour orientation meeting on Monday, May 8, 2023 to train on University policies, emergency procedures and Project Leader responsibilities.
  • Instruct participants on the science or math behind their project and how to conduct the project safely and effectively.
  • Answer questions about math and science and university life.
  • Chaperone to and from and supervise participants during their participation in the project workshops.
  • Engage the participants to develop a sense of excitement for math and science.
  • Project training and help with set up of project in lab.


Project Leaders that are majors (or combined majors) within the Faculty of Mathematics and Science or one of the following Departments/Centres: Health Sciences, Psychology, Neuroscience are preferred. Previous experience in project discipline is an asset. Further preference will be given to upper year students with lab or hands-on experience. Project Leaders with projects in science laboratories must have completed the Brock Science Safety Training through Environment, Health and Safety.

Compensation or choose to be a volunteer

The Project Leaders  are selected by each department representative listed below, and will receive a stipend of $ , snacks and lunch on Thursday May 11th and Friday May 12th.

Poling Bork
Scientifically Yours, Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Scientifically Yours, Co-coordinator
MC E218, x4025, Computer Science


  • Amanda Lepp
  • Nick Vesprini

Oenology & Viticulture

  • Jonathon Roepke

Health Sciences

  • Deborah O’Leary
  • Parthajit Mukherjee


  • Sergio Paone

Computer Sciences

  • Poling Bork

Earth Sciences

  • Astride Silis


  • Shengrong Bu


  • Thad Harroun
  • Ivana K Metcalf
  • Barak Shoshany


  • Neil Marshall


  • Dawn Good


  • Tabitha Lewis, Brock Maker Space RFP 204

Residence Guide – needed for 2023

Please collect an application and return to Poling Bork, Computer Science, MC E218.


The principal roles of a Residence Guide are to help to create a community atmosphere and to act as a role model for all Scientifically Yours participants. Residence Guides will stay on campus in residence for the 2 days and 1 night of the Scientifically Yours conference and are expected to be on call. They will supervise participants to ensure that both residence and university policies are upheld.

  • Attend a 1 hour orientation meeting on Monday, May 8th to train on University and Residence policies, emergency procedures and Residence Guide responsibilities.
  • Assist with participant registration and check-out.
  • Greet and escort participants to activities, meals and snacks.
  • Chaperone and supervise participants both during their stay in residence and at times when they are not participating in a project workshop.
  • Assist with evening activities.


Residence Guides that are majors (or combined majors) within the Faculty of Mathematics and Science or one of the following Departments/Centres: Health Sciences, Psychology, Neuroscience are preferred. Previous experience in supervision of youth in Brock’s Residences is an asset. A valid Vulnerable Sector Clearance Check with the Niagara Regional Police. ConEd or any students with police checks from September are encouraged to apply.

Compensation or choose to be a volunteer

The Residence Guide will receive a stipend of $.

Poling Bork
Scientifically Yours, Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Scientifically Yours, Co-coordinator
MC E218, x4025, Computer Science

Download the Residence Guide application form here. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 7, 2023. The number of Residence Guide positions available is dependent on the number of registrants.

Residence Night security – needed for 2023


The role of the Residence Night Security is to be awake and patrol the halls and common residence spaces from 11 pm on Thursday May 11, 2023 to 7 am on Friday, May 12, 2023.

  • Attend a 1 hour orientation meeting on Monday, May 8th to train on University and Residence Policies, emergency procedures and responsibilities.
  • Assist other Night Security personnel when aiding participant(s).
  • Supervise participants during their stay in residence overnight.


Previous experience in supervision of youth in Brock’s Residences or living in residence is an asset. A Vulnerable Sector Clearance Check with the Regional Police will be required of all Residence Night Security. Clearance Checks received in Sept 2022 for 2022/2023 school year will be accepted.

Compensation or choose to be a volunteer

The Residence Night Security will receive a stipend of $.

Poling Bork
Scientifically Yours, Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Scientifically Yours, Co-coordinator
MC E218, x4025, Computer Science

Download the Residence Night Security application form here. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 7, 2023. The number of Residence Night Security positions available is dependant on the number of registrants.