More than 75 Trent University students will be presenting their experiential learning projects, completed in partnership with local non-profits, community organizations and government agencies, at the first annual Celebration of Community Research on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, Champlain College.
The event, which will feature a keynote address at 11:30 a.m. by Brianna Salmon, executive
director, Peterborough GreenUP, will be followed by student awards presented at 12:00 p.m.
“It’s incredible to see the passion and enthusiasm of Trent undergraduate and graduate students have for Peterborough as they work hard to deliver relevant, valuable research to more than 30 community groups locally,” says Dr. John Marris, executive director, Trent Community Research Centre (TCRC). “These students have produced exceptional results that will benefit the community, and we look forward to sharing their projects at our Celebration of Community Research.”
The community-based research projects are facilitated and supported by TCRC, who connects Trent students with local organizations in need of original research. This arrangement provides students with the opportunity to earn academic credit while producing applied research that responds to the needs of the Peterborough community. Participating students represent a wide array of academic disciplines and support a diverse group of community partners including the New Canadians Centre, the YES Shelter for Youth and Families, Peterborough GreenUP, Lang Pioneer Village Museum, the Peterborough Police Service, Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee, County of Peterborough and Ontario Invasive Plant Council.
“Experiential and community-based learning helps students bring their theoretical skills to life in a practical and impactful way. At Trent University, this gives our students the experience they will take forward into their future careers,” says Dr. Jacqueline Muldoon, provost and vice-president Academic, Trent University. “I congratulate all the participating students for completing projects that will generate positive change and growth in our community.”
Admission to the celebration is free and media and community members are encouraged to attend.