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2022 Capstone Conference: Featured Highlights

On July 11th and 12th, UBC Vantage College held their 8th annual Capstone Conference. The conference is an opportunity for students and UBC’s dual campuses, UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, to foster connection and demonstrate their work and proficiency. This annual academic event allows students to showcase their final projects after completing their 1st year of academic studies in the Vantage One Program. The theme for the 2021-2022 Capstone Conference was Unmute Yourself: Make Some Noise!--to commemorate our first year back with an in-person conference, since 2019. It was finally a chance for students to express themselves and raise their voice in the same room as their peers and not behind their computers and Zoom cameras.  

Keynote and Student Speakers 

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Trevor Barnes: 

Dr. Trevor Barnes’ current research interests are in geography’s quantitative revolution, epistemological pluralism in economic geography, the institutional analysis of forestry, and creative industries. 

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This year we heard from three student speaker from Vantage One Science, Arts and Engineering: 

Aladdin Obaid is a first-year undergraduate student in the Vantage One Science program from Yemen. He has always been interested in science and plans to pursue a career in the field of science. Since he was a child, he has had a fervent interest in science that stems from a desire for intellectual challenge and a curiosity about the natural world. Read more about Aladdin here.
Mioko Umemura (she/her) as Vantage One Arts student who intends to major in either IR (international relations) or psychology with a deep interest in early childhood education. She is from Nagoya, Japan, and she has dedicated her extra time to learning Japanese traditional tea ceremonies and their interaction with other Japanese cultures ever since her realization as a Japanese individual in Canadian multicultural society. Read more about Mioko here.
Houze Zhang (he/him/his), also known as Howard, was a student in the Vantage One Engineering program. He has been obsessed with science and engineering since he was young, especially how we take existing scientific knowledge and apply it to the development of technologies, and subtly transform it into something that is enormously convenient for people’s lives. Read more about Howard here.


Photo Highlights from the 2022 Capstone Conference