Connecting Young Minds (CYM) is an annual bilingual student-led research conference held at the University of Ottawa. Our mission is to encourage undergraduate students to network with professors, present their research, and gain experience drafting scientific literature. The conference engages the interests of students in the sciences through presentations held by keynote speakers, interactive breakout rooms with graduate level students, and a research-based competition. Each year, CYM hosts a 5-minute research presentation competition in which ten candidates are selected by a panel of judges based on the submission of an abstract pertaining to their research. The competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to highlight their research findings to an audience and series of judges in a concise and engaging manner. Abstracts in this booklet were submitted by participants on a volunteer basis.
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