DARE winners to display summer research at upcoming celebration

On Oct. 2, this year’s cohort of Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (DARE) winners will showcase the work completed in the summer of 2019 under the leadership of professors from the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS).

Student participants will attend the DARE Research Poster Session and Celebration to present their research and engage with attendees. All are welcome to attend the event, which will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Collaboratory located in the Scott Library on the Keele Campus. Light refreshments will be served.

“The quality and range of research projects carried out by DARE awardees is a point of pride for LA&PS,” said J.J. McMurtry, interim dean of LA&PS. “The upcoming celebration is a way to honour their hard work and valuable contributions to our Faculty.”

This year, 40 student researchers received the DARE award, which included $5,000 in funding to work collaboratively with LA&PS faculty on a research project throughout the Summer 2019 term. (Learn more about DARE in the YFile article “LA&PS announces winners of 2019’s Dean’s Award for Research Excellence” and view the 2019-20 award recipients in the winners’ gallery.)

“DARE engages our students with all aspects of the research process,” said David Cuff, director, strategic research and partnerships, Office of the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research. “These projects showcase the value of learning how to communicate research results to audiences who will really stand to benefit from this work.” 

Projects are diverse in their themes and scopes, with subjects ranging from disability in the disaster context to refugee advocacy under former prime minister Stephen Harper and the political economy of plastic packaging.

“When we created the DARE program two years ago, we knew that this was a truly unique opportunity for both our researchers and our students,” said Sandra Whitworth, associate dean, graduate studies and research. “It’s wonderful to see the results of these projects expressed in such creative and insightful ways.”