Student Research Day 2018

What’s the big idea?

April 18, 2019 | Society

MacEwan University students are doing some exceptional undergraduate research, and they’re not afraid to delve into big ideas and heavy topics.

Student Research Day is April 23! Get a complete list of presentations, performances and poster and project displays.

From Lindsay Adams’s psychology honours thesis on “Partisan allegiance in legal cases involving sexual assault” to Kelsey Friesen’s sociology honours thesis on “Sexual violence policy in Canadian post-secondary institutions,” several Student Research Day posters and presentations reflect deep conversations about sexual violence.

But that's not the only deep conversation about big social issues happening during SRD. The impact of residential schools, the inquiries into missing and murdered Indigenous women, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are inspiring students to learn more and share their findings about Indigenous-related topics. Bachelor of Commerce student Brittanny Janvier’s poster presentation looks at “Understanding the literacy rates of Indigenous children on reserves in Canada," and several students are also using digital storytelling techniques to present topics including Indigenous gender identities, the ’60s Scoop and residential schools.

Because supporting and encouraging student research is one of MacEwan’s strategic priorities, Student Research Day plays an important part in helping students disseminate their work, while at the same time, students show that they have a key role in helping the university achieve its institutional goals.


How to share your work

Although it’s a little late to present at this year’s Student Research Day, watch for other ways to share your papers and projects throughout the year.

If you’re curious about what is on the minds of our students, be sure to attend Student Research Day. Guests are encouraged to be curious and ask questions because this is a day of discovery for everyone.

“In addition to giving students the chance to practice their presentation skills, it really is a celebration of the hard work students have completed throughout the year or throughout their time at MacEwan under the mentorship of MacEwan faculty,” says Lindsey Drozak, research support analyst, Office of Research Services. “This event also provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the research their fellow students have completed and to show the community the research our students are involved in.”


Ancient medicine or political project?

“Because of this enormous gap in how it’s perceived, I decided to investigate the history of ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ and its implications for the education, practice and regulation of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Canada today.”

Brenda Le

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