The Brock Mentorship program allows senior academic students the unique opportunity to work with a Brock Mentor in various areas of discipline. The areas include Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Computer Science and Mathematics. It is a competitive program and students apply for the opportunity while they are in Grade 11. This year we have two students that have been selected to participate in the program.
Julie Mai is working with Dr. Farzad in the area of Mathematics. She is using her passion for Mathematics to determine if Bottlenose Dolphins in the coastal waters of Laguna are really demonstrating social behavior. This is done by applying a variety of mathematical equations to computer programs to see if a correlation can be found.
Courtney Cutts in working with Phil Boseglav in the Physics Department. She is creating a slouch detector. The goal is to see if the device can help people improve their posture. The device will be work by an individual and will be calibrated for the person’s optimal posture. The device will store this value and give an audio warning if it reads a value outside this threshold. The frequency of prompts will be reduced over time to see if a person begins to make the changes naturally.
Both girls will make final presentations of their finds at Brock University in February. It is sure to be a very exciting day!