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Laurier Brantford is proud to host its second annual Undergraduate Research Celebration Week in the week of March 12-16, 2018. Now under a new name, Academic, Creative, and Engaged Research Showcase (ACERS), ACERS will recognize and showcase student and faculty research as well as creative and engaged projects by our students.

The event is open to the general public. There will be a number of conferences, colloquiums, and presentations throughout the week. Below is the list of scheduled events. For more information, contact us at

Monday, March 12

Mini-Conference: Future of Work: Strategies for 'Millennials' in the Digital Age

Panel Discussion: Work, Working and Society: Contemporary Issues and Trends

  • Location: SCJ127
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Discussant: Nicole Cohen
  • Chair: Todd Gordon, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Presenters:
    • James Cairns, Zeroed Down: The Flexible Millennial Worker, Wilfrid Laurier University. Cairns is an Associate Professor in the Social and Environmental Justice program at Laurier. His most recent book, The Myth of the Age of Entitlement, was published in 2017 by the University of Toronto Press.
    • Jodi Dean, Life as a Precarious Worker. Dean is a graduate of Speak Now Hamilton Speakers Bureau and a part-time student in the Social Services Worker program at Mohawk College. She is a sole support mom to three children, two with special needs, and works tirelessly to empower others.
    • David Bush, Fighting for $15 and Fairness: The Struggle to Raise the Floor of Employment Standards in Ontario. Bush is the Workers' Rights Organizer at the Income Security Advocacy Centre. He is also a PhD candidate at York University.
    • Abby Goodrum, Technology, Diversity and Work. Goodrum is a professor and program coordinator in the User Experience Design program at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is part of an international research collaboration to understand systemic bias in technology development.

Keynote Lecture: Hustle, Cope, Organize: Resisting Precarity

  • Location: SCJ127 
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Keynote Speaker: Nicole Cohen, University of Toronto
  • Chair: Robert Kristofferson, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Nicole Cohen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and holds a graduate appointment in the Faculty of Information. She is the author of Writers' Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016), which won the Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize from the Canadian Communication Association in 2017.

Nicole researches in the area of political economy of communication, particularly labour and organizing in the media and cultural industries, media work and journalism. Her research has been published in South Atlantic Quarterly, The Communication Review, Canadian Journal of Communication Studies, Democratic Communique, and several edited books in communication studies. Nicole collaborates on the international SSHRC-funded project, Cultural Workers Organize.

UXD Student Research Presentations 

Presentations of student projects from the User Experience Design program.

  • Location: RCW Lobby
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13

Faculty Research Rundowns

  • Location: RCW Lobby
  • Time: 11 a.m. – noon
  • Participants:
    • James LeClair and Tim Gawley, "Student Perceptions of Personal Safety in the Greater Campus Area: A Geographical Analysis"
    • Kenneth Werbin, "Privacy Stories"
    • Robert Feagan, "Global Engagement in El Salvador: Building Trust with Host-Communities"
    • Kelly Gallagher-Mackay, "Framing Equity of Post-secondary Access: Data Collection and Human Rights in Ontario"
    • Patrick Watson, "Making Sense of Police-Involved Shootings Captured on Video"
    • Deana Simonetto, "Football Families: Understanding the 'Concussion Crisis' in the Canadian Football League"
    • Josephine McMurray, "Innovation and the Business of Aging"
    • Judy Eaton, "Colour Me Calm (and Motivated): How Colouring Reduces Anxiety and Increases Perseverance"
    • James Popham, "Where Does Cybercrime Begin?"

Undergraduate Research Information Sessions 

Come and learn about the exciting opportunities for undergraduate research at Laurier Brantford.

  • Location: RCW Lobby
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

History Program Research Colloquium

Presentations of undergraduate student research from the history program.

  • Location: CB100
  • Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14

Creativity and Engagement Expo

  • Location: RCW Second Floor Foyer
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Human Rights and Human Diversity Undergraduate Student Conference

Presentations of undergraduate student research from the Human Rights and Human Diversity program.

  • Location: SCJ127
  • Time: noon to 8:15 p.m.

Digital Media and Journalism Research Colloquium

Presentations of undergraduate student research from the Digital Media Journalism program.

  • Location: OD211
  • Time: 1 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Thursday, March 15

Undergraduate Research Academic Display Expo

Presentations of best undergraduate research projects at Laurier Brantford.

  • Location: RCW Lobby
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, March 16

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Presentations

Research presentations by undergraduate research apprentices. Visit our webpage to learn more about the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program at Laurier Brantford.

  • Location: RCW Lobby
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Award Ceremony for Undergraduate Research Academic Display Expo

Three prizes will be given out to the best presenters from the Undergraduate Research Academic Display Expo.

  • Location: RCW Lobby
  • Time: 3 p.m.

Contact Us:

Christina Han

Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Faculty of Liberal Arts

T: 519.756.8228 x5691


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