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What: Student Research Colloquium
Where: Brock University, Sankey Chambers
When: Saturday, April 9 (8:30 am-4:30 pm)
Taking charge on the research front, students will have a chance to present their scholarly work in an academic and professional forum. At all levels, research is a valued part of the wheel that turns our society, our schools, our universe. The value of student research helps to promote the importance of research skills and encourage students to take an active role in developing their own research interests.
At the undergraduate level, many students don’t have the opportunity to showcase their research. The Department of Sport Management staged the first Student Research Colloquium in 2003. From its early beginnings as a short 2-hour forum where 4th year Bachelor of Sport Management students presented research projects to their peers, the colloquium has grown to a full-day program with a keynote address, concurrent oral and poster research presentations, and active networking sessions during lunch and coffee breaks.
The colloquium has transformed into a transdiciplinary venue, welcoming students from the broad realm of sport, recreation, leisure, tourism, physical education and health studies. The colloquium is open to Brock students, along with students from a variety of neighboring universities and beyond. Past student presenters have come from Slippery Rock University, University of Michigan, University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, the University of Windsor, the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, and Concordia University.
This year over 30 presenters will have an opportunity to present in front of peers, professionals, professors and community members, an opportunity that allows students to develop their academic minds, as they explore their current and future research goals.
While the main focus of the colloquium is to showcase student research; the colloquium always fits in time for reputable keynote speakers. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by John Cawley who is a Program Manager for the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. John’s role as a program manager at the J.W. McConnell family Foundation enrolls him with the responsibility for the Foundations initiatives with universities, youth engagement and the sport for development movement.
His 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in Canada has provided him with a breadth of knowledge that he plans to share with those is attendance at the research colloquium. John’s keynote address will examine lessons from the Foundation’s work on social innovation, exploring the skills and values that both individuals and organizations will need to thrive in a rapidly changing environment.