Thank you to everyone who applied. Applications are now closed!

Congratulations to the following students who will be presenting at this year's Student Oral Presentation Competition at ABIC 2017:

  • Ariful Islam
    A High Protein Diet Alters Rat Kidney and Liver Oxylipins
    Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Joey Wan
    Transcriptome analyses of canola treated with the plant growth promoting rhizobacterium Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 identifies differential expression of growth and defense related genes
    Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Nick Wytinck
    RNA interference as a molecular fungicide targeting necrotrophic fungal pathogens Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and Botrytis cinerea
    Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Philip Walker
    Identification and utilization of target pathogenesis genes in Sclerotinia sclerotiorum through RNA sequencing and host-induced gene silencing
    Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Aregbesola Z. Oluwatosin
    Adaptation by smallholder farmers to climate change impacts on cassava whiteflies and associated viruses in Tanzania
    University of Catania, Italy
  • Trevor Kouritzin
    A 90-day clinical trial on the dietary supplement Cardioflex’s ability to reduce the risk factors associated with developing cardiovascular disease and stroke in at risk patients
    Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Valeria Lobos-Sujo
    High-density SNP-based linkage map developed for the fertility restorer Rfo gene in Brassica napus L.
    Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba
  • Rehab Selim
    Bioactive Secondary Metabolites from Marine-Derived Fungus Emericella Sp for Drug Discovery
    Department of Chemistry, University of Winnipeg
  • Pamela Drawbridge
    Investigation of cowpeas as a sustainable nutritious food source
    Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Ramnarain Ramakrishna
    Phenolic Bioactives From Barley Tea & Coffee Targeting Anti-Hyperglycemic Potential Using In Vitro Models
    Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University




Sponsored by the ABIC Foundation, ABIC 2017 is hosting the Best Student (Oral) Presentation Competition at the 2017 ABIC conference.

Student (graduate or undergraduate) researchers are invited to submit abstracts of their work to present during the ABIC 2017 Conference.

$500 (CDN) will be awarded to the best presentation in each of the three broad subject areas of:  Environment, Health and Global Stewardship.

This is a unique opportunity to practice your presentation skills and translate your scientific knowledge into a clear and concise presentation. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders and international researchers. Successful abstracts will be published and presentations can be viewed online following the conclusion of the conference.  

Students who wish to present at the 2017 ABIC conference and be considered in the competition, must register for the conference and submit an abstract no later than July 30, 2017. 

  • The number of abstracts selected for presentation is limited. Submissions will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Selected abstracts may be published on the Conference Website and in the Conference Proceedings and must be provided to the Conference Organizers (in electronic format) on or before July 30, 2017 to be considered for the competition.
  • Abstracts will be printed exactly as submitted.  No editorial corrections will be made.
  • Send abstracts to StartHere@ABIC2017.ca

Abstract content:

  • Abstracts must be submitted in electronic format as a Word Document.
  • Limited to one, letter-size page, 8 ½ inches x 11 inches (21.5 cm x 28 cm).  
  • Title should be bold, Times New Roman, font size 16, at the top of the page followed by the Presenter (s) name (s) underlined in the list of authors. 
  • Presenter (s) contact details, including Affiliation (s), should follow the title.
  • A blank line should be inserted after the contact details, followed by the abstract.
  • Text is to be typed - single line spacing with Times New Roman font size of 12 and should not exceed 300 words. 


  • Title, author (s) name (s) and their affiliation (s).  Letters should be in letters not less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) high and preferably 2 inches (5 cm) high.
  • Presentation must be based on research presented in the abstract previously submitted, but will be done in the Three-Minute Thesis format.
  • Presentations will take place several times throughout the conferences. Presenters are expected to be available during the the time allocated to them for their presentation

Presentation Guidelines:

  • Presentations will occur in the three-minute thesis style.
  • Presenters may use one static slide during their presentation. The slide must have a minimum of 0.5” margins for key information.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • No props are permitted
  • Presentations are limited to a maximum of three minutes.
  • For any images, photos or diagrams that are used on the slide, the presenter must have explicit written permission to use the image and the source must be credited.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final



  • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and goals of their research?
  • Did the presenter clearly communicate the significance of their research?
  • Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?


  • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Do I want to know more about the speaker's research?

Communication style:

  • Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and appear confident? Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that was used, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long or were rushed?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract from, their presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?

Click here to view the full Student Presentation Call For Abstracts PDF.


For all inquiries, please contact Riel Dion at ree@plannersplus.ca