A day to celebrate discovery

April 23, 2018 | Campus Life

Students show their work at annual Student Research Day

From local conservation lands to the Amazon rainforest, research took MacEwan students to exciting locations and led them to informed conclusions this year. In April, they gathered to celebrate their discoveries and share their findings.

Student Research Day showcases the research, scholarly activity and creative achievements of MacEwan University students across all faculties and disciplines through presentations, poster displays and installations.

Here are just a few examples of the projects students took on over the course of the year.




Jungle journalism

Hamdi Issawi never pictured himself chasing story leads in the company of countless species of insects and amphibians. But last May, he and six other journalism students learned to contend with the Amazon rainforest’s many creatures as they covered the unique economic, political and environmental issues affecting the Tiputini Biodiversity Station.

Learn about the online magazine they created to document their discoveries.



amiskwaciy Academy students name local conservation land

High school students in Dr. Emily Milne’s Introduction to Indigenous Studies class – a dual-credit course offered at amiskwaciy Academy, in partnership with MacEwan University – had the unique opportunity to rename a conservation land in the nehiyaw (Cree) language.

Find out the name they chose and the research that informed it.



Student project uses math to map Edmonton’s homicides

Alex Mackie, a third-year double major in math and applied statistics, was sitting in class last spring when Dr. Rui Hu, assistant professor of statistics, asked her students if anyone wanted to take on a summer project. Alex jumped at her suggestion to apply spatial statistics – a relatively new field of study – to the city’s homicide data.

Read about Alex’s findings and how they may be used.



Read more about what our students were up to this year:

Get MacEwan University news delivered to your inbox.
Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter