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Laurier researchers frequently work in partnerships with a wide range of organizations and individuals. There are many ways to engage with faculty and student researchers at Laurier. Here are some ideas on how to get started.

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Community Organizations

A significant proportion of Laurier research is carried out in partnership with community organizations of all types and sizes. If your organization has an idea for a research project, a specific need or a burning question, we’d love to hear about it. If you know of a researcher or research centre you’d like to work with, feel free to contact them directly. If you don’t know where to start or who to contact, our knowledge mobilization officer can help. Our research facilitators may even be able to help your group and a researcher obtain funding for a research partnership project.

Students may also be available to complete research projects tailored to your research or evaluation needs, through programs such as:

In addition, graduate and senior undergraduate students often engage in supervised research for their theses or major research projects. Though students in a wide range of programs may work with community organizations, students in Social Work and Community Psychology are particularly likely to do so. If you have an idea for a research partnership with a student, feel free to contact those programs.

Want expertise but not necessarily a research partnership? Scholars Commons @ Laurier is a great place to find and download Laurier research papers, usually for free. If you’re looking for a speaker for an event, Experts at Laurier is a great place to start.

Industry

Laurier researchers work with private industry or public-private partnerships on a range of projects. Some of these have resulted in research commercialization, patents, product testing or the co-development of knowledge more generally. If you’re looking for an academic partner for your business, contact our industry liaison specialist, who can help you find the right researchers to work with and advise on matters such as contracts, intellectual property and expectations.

Students on co-op or other working terms can assist businesses with research, and workplace partnerships can have a research focus. Some students are also looking for businesses to partner with on projects focusing on entrepreneurship or social innovation.

Media

Laurier researchers frequently provide expert opinions and analysis for journalists and media organizations. If you’re a reporter, editor, producer or news director looking for an expert, the Experts at Laurier tool can help you find the right people to talk to. Alternatively, our research communications officer can help. For more general media inquiries, contact our Communications and Public Affairs team.

Looking for story ideas? Our News Hub features the latest, and you can always browse through our news releases and spotlight articles. To dive deeper into academic journal articles, dissertations, reports and more, Scholars Commons @ Laurier, our institutional repository, provides access to free downloadable papers and plain-language summaries.

For more information, see our Media section.

Community Members

Interested in participating directly in research discoveries? When researchers are looking for research participants outside the student community, they may spread the word through connections with community organizations, crowdsourcing websites, news releases or social media. Following labs or researchers you’re interested in is a great way to find out what's going on. Laurier’s faculty, department and program social media accounts are a good place to find individual researchers and labs.

Laurier-led citizen-science projects such as RinkWatch and Schoolyards Count! are great ways to get involved in hands-on research. Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies also played a major part in getting the NatureWatch program off the ground, particularly the MilkweedWatch portion.

Have a child interested in research? Laurier’s Child Memory Lab frequently seeks child participants for studies. It also offers BrainWorx summer camp, which gives children a chance to have fun, learn and optionally participate in studies. The Sun Life Financial Centre for Physically Active Communities, in addition to offering physical activity programming for kids, occasionally offers opportunities for people of different ages to participate in research. The Brantford Games Network Lab sometimes seeks children and adults to test games in development.

Just want to learn about Laurier research? Public talks by Laurier researchers and invited experts can be fascinating – these are publicized through our events calendar and news releases. The Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning offers non-credit learning opportunities for adults, often based on Laurier research. For younger people, some of our camps and youth programs also offer chances to learn about the latest research.

Students

Laurier offers undergraduate and graduate students plenty of ways to get involved in research. If you’re a prospective graduate student interested in a research-intensive program, the best advice is to identify faculty members whose research interests align with yours and contact them about opportunities. Checking out our research centres, researchers and research strengths can point you in the right direction. Some programs offer lists of faculty research interests.

Academics

Are you a scholar at another institution seeking collaborators? Feel free to reach out directly to Laurier researchers in your field. If you need help, our research facilitators and knowledge mobilization officer can assist you in finding expert colleagues and collaborators.

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