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ESPC 2009 - Winnipeg (Manitoba)

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Laurissa is a grade ten student at St. Mary’s High School in Owen Sound. She lives in rural Midwestern Ontario with her family on a broiler chicken and red deer farm. She loves to figure skate and proudly represents her local club at competitions. Laurissa enjoys spending time with her family snowmobiling in the winter and in the summer at the cottage; swimming, boating, tubing and riding the sea-doo. She also enjoys traveling to visit her aunts in southern California. She enjoys acting with the local theatre group and representing her school at various public speaking competitions. Laurissa is a four time Canadian “pumpkin chuckin” champion. In 2007 at CWSF she won a gold medal in automotive and bronze in engineering for her project on biodiesel. Last year she won a bronze in environmental science and honourable mention in innovation. In the summers of 2007 & 2008 Laurissa worked with a local apiarist learning about the beekeeping industry and conducting experiments. She continued her research throughout the year with the Ontario Beekeeping Association and the University of Guelph. In the future she hopes to attend university and pursue a career in environmental or life sciences.

Laurissa Christie

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Division:Génie et sciences de l'informatique / Innovation environnementale
Ville:Tara, ON
École:St. Mary's High School
Sommaire:Colony Collapse Disorder is a serious problem. Einstein stated that without the honeybee, humanity would be lost within three years. Possible causes for decline in honeybees include: environmental factors such as pesticide usage, climate change, and diseases. Colonies were tested for varroa, tracheal mites, and nosema. Pollen samples were identified and analyzed for pesticide residue. Farmers are concerned their actions produce negative impact on honeybees.

Prix Valeur
Bourse d’études de l’Université Western Ontario
Médaillé d’argent - Bourse de début d’études de 1 500 $
Sponsor: Université Western Ontario
1 500,00 $
Bourse d’études de l’Université Western Ontario
Médaillé de bronze - Bourse de début d’études de 1 000 $
Sponsor: Université Western Ontario
1 000,00 $
Médaille de bronze - Sciences de la terre et de l’environnement
Sponsor: Pétro-Canada
300,00 $
Médaille d'argent - Innovation environnementale
Sponsor: EnviroExpo, présenté par VIA Rail Canada
700,00 $
Total3 500,00 $