A day of discovery

May 2, 2017

Student Research Day celebrates student findings of all kinds

More than 120 students put their research on display during presentations and poster sessions for Student Research Day on April 24. From sociology students studying supports for young cancer survivors to psychology students researching behavioural interventions for sleep, the annual event was a celebration of curiosity.

“It was really exciting to see the breadth of research endeavours our students are undertaking and to witness their enthusiasm,” says Melike Schalomon, associate dean, Faculty of Arts and Science. “When students begin university, they often see themselves as passive collectors of knowledge, but as they start to do research they become active partners in knowledge building.”

While Student Research Day is about celebrating success, it is also about sharing across disciplines and beyond academic publications—and with students at earlier points in their programs.

“It is important to bring research to the experts, to discuss it critically and get feedback on methodological details or possible interpretations, but it is also important to disseminate research to wider audiences—including students at earlier points in their academic careers,” says Melike. “Seeing young researchers sharing their results, celebrating their accomplishments and discussing their experiences is what Student Research Day is all about.”

Here are just a few of the projects featured during Student Research Day:

IMAGE_STORY_Katie_B_Karl_DGrizzly findings

Katie Burak and Karl Deutscher, Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, presented their research group’s work to create a model that could estimate the minimum viable population to sustain Alberta’s threatened grizzly bears.


IMAGE_STORY_Phillip_SPolitical economies

Phillip Swallow, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, studied the very similar political economies of Ethiopia and Rwanda to determine why Ethiopia has had a major outbreak of violence, while Rwanda has remained peaceful.

Think research isn’t for you?

At MacEwan, the research umbrella is big enough to cover almost anything you can think of—business case competitions, studies on everything from bugs to drugs, short stories, book cover designs, art installations or music compositions.

This story shows how research can boost your education, no matter what you study.


IMAGE_STORY_Darcy_REmojis and love

Darcy Raymond, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, looked at how emoji use affects perceived intelligence in online dating.

Want to learn more about what our students are studying? See titles and abstracts for all Student Research Day presentations and watch MacEwan.ca throughout the year for more detailed stories about our students’ research.

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