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Mentorship provides ongoing learning, dialog and challenge in pursuit of knowledge and discovery – but what about results?
Christina Carfagnini participated in the Brock University Science Mentorship program yielding excellent results at the 51st annual Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NRSEF).
She conducted research in the Hemodynamics lab alongside Deborah O’leary from the Dept. of Community Health Sciences and graduate student Samantha Johnson.
“Both my mentors were very helpful throughout my project, their support and guidance was greatly appreciated.” Says Carfagnini, who is in her final year at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in St. Catharines.
Her project titled "Sex Related Differences in Arterial Stiffness and the Effects of Maturation and Body Composition Childhood" was among roughly 200 projects reviewed by over 100 judges and delegations of local scientists, engineers and businessmen.
At the fair, she received the Canadian Federation of University Women Award recognizing excellent use of research, design and investigation, and recognition as the top female secondary school project.
Along with the Perdue Pharma Canada Award, which is presented to the project in the health sciences area that demonstrates good scientific methods.
Starting out with a review of literature, Christina completed her study by analyzing ultrasounds, adjusting blood pressures, completing statistical analysis and collecting data.
“I had a very positive mentorship experience, due to the outstanding people from the hemodynamics lab” Says Carfagnini.
“Completing my project strengthened my interest in the health sciences field, and solidified my goal to pursue medicine in the future.”