Polly Yu and Alex Radke recently participated in the 2011 RISE Canada Conference, held on August 26th on the campus of the University of Regina. The conference was the culmination of a summer-long research experience as part of the "Reactive Intermediates Student Exchange" that sent both students across the country. Polly moved to Mississauga, Ontario to study the hydrolytic stability of triesters at Xerox Research Centre of Canada; Alex travelled to Montréal, Québec to work with Prof Christian Reber at the Université de Montréal to study metallophilic interactions in gold and silver complexes. Both students gave excellent presentations at the conference.
Of the twelve other students from across the country participating in this year's RISE program, Rosy Fournier from the University of Ottawa came to UBC to perform research under the surpervision of Prof Pierre Kennepohl. During her time at UBC, she studied the chemical behaviour of a series of N-hydroxysulfonamides to probe their potential properties as NO-releasing agents for pharmaceutical purposes.
RISE Canada will be seeking applicants for 2012 in the coming weeks. If you are interested in knowing more about the program, don't hesitate to contact Prof Pierre Kennepohl by email ( ).