Trent Community Research Centre
For more than 25 years, the Trent Community Research Centre has facilitated meaningful, and purposeful community-based research projects in Peterborough City and County, City of Kawartha Lakes, Durham Region, and Northumberland County.
Community-based research brings together the knowledge and research needs of the community with the research expertise of Trent University faculty and students. Research questions come from a wide range of community groups and organizations including local municipalities, social service agencies, conservation authorities, and community interest groups. Centre staff work alongside faculty to support students in their work and help guide projects toward successful outcomes for both the local community and students.
The Trent Community Research Centre and the U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research (Haliburton County) facilitate research projects for students and faculty with local government, non-profit organizations, charities, and conservation agencies across Central and Eastern Ontario.
Recognizing the need for local knowledge and delivery organizations that are responsive to the varying needs of different communities in the region, U-Links has worked as the bridge between Trent University and the rural communities of Haliburton County, since 1999, connecting local organizations that have research questions with students who are interested in community-based research.
U-Links plays a key role within Haliburton County in relation to community development, assisting organizations in defining research needs, supporting organizations in developing collaborative relationships and in accessing funding. The U-Links Management Committee is representative of a wide range of sectors in Haliburton County and brings knowledge of the community and expertise in many fields in the guidance and support of U-Links.
How do I get started with a Community-Based Research Project?
The work involved and time commitment needed for project completion can vary greatly. Community-Based Research (CBR) projects can be carried out as full- or half-credit undergraduate courses, undergraduate or Master's thesis, major research paper, PhD dissertation, or as an assignment within a course. Projects can commence at the beginning of Fall, Winter, or Summer terms. The TCRC & U-Links provide support to students in the selection of projects that match their interests and program requirements, and ongoing support throughout their research.
Community Organizations submit project proposals to the Trent Community Research Centre. Once projects have been reviewed by research staff, faculty and community experts, these opportunities are promoted to students and instructors. Centre staff work alongside faculty to support students in their work and help guide projects toward successful outcomes for both the local community and students.
2021 TCRC Celebration of Research Recognizes Student Success!
The 2021 Trent Community Research Centre Annual Celebration of Research was held virtually on Friday March 26th, 2021. Every year, the TCRC typically supports over 100 Trent students as they conduct community-based research across the region. The opportunity to do research that has an immediate, positive impact in their community often motivates students to do outstanding work.
Our 2021 Celebration of Research featured:
-Presentations from current student researchers.
-The opportunity to speak one to one with students to learn more about their projects.
-Our annual student award showcasing outstanding research contributions.
Innovative Presentation: ORAL PRESENTATION
Presented to the student(s) who have demonstrated highly effective communication and presentation skills in the oral delivery of their presentation. Judges looked for high standards of design and information presentation, effective and imaginative delivery, and clear communication of research process and results.
Sponsor: County of Peterborough
2020-2021 Winner: Julie Potapinski, Forensic Science, “Peterborough Indigenous Peoples' Court - Best Practices and Evaluative Criteria” -HOST, Nathan Baker Law
2019-2020 Winner: Adam Call, Business Administration, “The Economic Impact of International Students on Peterborough's Local Economy” -HOST, Workforce Development Board
Innovative Presentation: POSTER PRESENTATION
Presented to the student(s) who have demonstrated highly effective communication and presentation skills in the design of their research poster. Judges looked for high standards of poster design and information presentation, effective and imaginative use of space, and communication of research process and results.
Sponsor: Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee.
2020-2021 Winner: Tia Bankosky, Indigenous Environmental Studies & Sciences, “Ayalik Fund - Identifying Best Practices in Program Evaluation” -HOST, Ayalik Fund
2019-2020 Winner: Vira Golender, Nursing, “Knowledge Translation of Precarious Employment Research: Recommendations for Implementation” -HOST, Precarious Employment Research Initiative (PERI)
Provost Award for Academic Achievement in a Community Setting
Awarded to the project that best demonstrates rigorous community-based research practices to produce results of particularly high academic merit.
Sponsor: Trent University Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic Dr. Michael Khan
2020-2021 Winner: Duc 'Felix' Tran and Emmanuel Pinto, International Development Studies, “Economic Impact of Financial Institution Closures to Rural Communities” -HOST, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development
2019-2020 Winner: Nicolas Diaz Kloch, Master of Bioenvironmental Monitoring & Assessment, M.BEMA, “The Causeway: The Road to Economic Prosperity” – HOST, County of Peterborough
Community Impact Award
Presented to the project that shows clear engagement with community needs and interests, and illustrates the principles of a community-first approach to research work, creating the potential for significant impact within the community.
Sponsors: CUPE Local 3908 and OPSEU Local 365
2020-2021 Winner: Rachel Tsitomeneas and Erin Bennett-Rilling, Sociology “COVID-19 vaccination readiness in the Peterborough Region” -HOST, Peterborough Public Health
2019-2020 Winner: Emma Kaszecki, Forensic Science “Viability for Tiny Home Community in Peterborough as a Means of Transitional Housing” – HOST, Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee