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Research at StMU

StMU seeks to create and sustain a strong culture of academic inquiry and innovation by celebrating the vital relationship between teaching and research, supporting the creation of high quality research by its faculty, adhering to the highest ethical standards, upholding academic freedom, facilitating collaborative and interdisciplinary research initiatives, and serving the welfare of humanity.

January

  • Canada Student Jobs applications are typically accepted, ranked and submitted to the federal government by StMU

February

  • Dr. David Lawless Award for Scholarly Achievement

April

  • St. Mary’s University Faculty Research and Scholarship Grant

November

  • Canada Student Jobs: Reminder to those interested that applications an internal call will likely be put out by Advancement in the New Year

Director of Research

In this role Dr Corinne Syrnyk provides strategic direction and leadership for research initiatives at StMU. As the senior advisor to the Vice-President Academic regarding research and grant issues, she provides coordinated leadership in these areas.

An active researcher and teacher in psychology, Dr Syrnyk has published and presented internationally in peer-reviewed articles and books. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards totalling over $100,000. While chair of the Research Ethics Board she led and participated in comprehensive revisions of policies and practices. In her role as Director of Research she aims to increase research productivity and empower faculty self-efficacy for research by improving access to resources and the visibility of faculty research and scholarship.

Dr Syrnyk recognizes the sheer determination, time, effort, and attention to detail that goes into even the most minute research project. She advises the importance of managing your expectations, resources, limitations, and goals.

Dr Syrnyk’s academic profile can be viewed here. She can be reached at corinne.syrnyk@stmu.ca

Dr. Corinne Syrnyk
Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Research

As of July 1, 2021 Dr Syrnyk is away on sabbatical – all related inquiries should be made to Dr MacLeod (see below).

Interim Director of Research

For the 2021-2022 academic year, Dr Michael MacLeod is the Interim Director of Research. Reporting to the Vice-President Academic, he is responsible for ensuring the excellence of the university’s scholarly support systems and assisting in providing coordinated leadership on research and grant issues.

Dr MacLeod is an active and established academic researcher, with over two decades of experience in publishing peer-reviewed articles and chapters in leading journals and books, and in presenting research at numerous conferences in Canada and internationally. He has won over $100,000 in internal and external competitive grants, including a postdoctoral research fellowship in the United States and a Canadian government faculty studies research award.

Dr MacLeod believes that like a good leader, a good researcher doesn’t have all the answers — they simply know how to ask the right questions. He is dedicated to empowering his colleagues with the tools needed for them to achieve their scholarly goals.

Dr MacLeod’s academic profile can be viewed here. He can be reached at Michael.MacLeod@stmu.ca

Dr. Michael Macleod
Associate Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of Research

SSHRC

  • If you are planning on preparing a submission to SSHRC you must:
    • Immediately inform the Director of Research to let them know which competition you will be entering.
    • Note that any application to a SSHRC competition must be submitted to Director of Research via the SSHRC portal no later then 14 days before the SSHRC deadline. This is because all applications submitted to SSHRC must be approved by StMU before they are formally accepted by the SSHRC.
  • Upcoming SSHRC Deadlines (https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/deadlines-limites-eng.aspx)

Canada Summer Jobs Grants

Faculty Mobility Programs

Government of Canada: Faculty Mobility for Partnership Building Program
Short-term opportunities for full-time faculty to build or expand partnerships with Latin American and Caribbean institutions through teaching and/or research. Interested applicants are directed to contact Dr Pablo Ortiz for more information. https://www.educanada.ca/scholarships-bourses/can/institutions/elap_faculty-pfla_professeurs.aspx?lang=eng

Faculty Mobility for Partnership Building Program

This program provides Canadian faculty with short-term opportunities to build or expand partnerships with Latin American and Caribbean institutions through teaching and/or research. The application for the next round closes mid-February 2022. More information can be found here. If you have any questions or intend to apply, please contact Dr. Pablo Ortiz.

We have numerous faculty who have been awarded SSHRC funding for their research. Their success here is recognized by means of the Tri-Councils Research Support Fund (RSF). The RSF helps universities pay for indirect (or overhead) costs related to research including the cost of maintaining research offices, labs, and equipment, and the salaries of administration staff who support research. In compliance with RSF policy institutions are required to report on the allocation of this funding which can be found here.

St. Mary’s University Faculty Research and Scholarship Grant

David Lawless Award

  • Dr. David Lawless Award for Scholarly Achievement
  • Deadline: Second Monday of February
  • In recognition of the scholarly and research achievements of full-time faculty, this award is typically presented annually in the amount of $1000. You can find the details in the policy.

Featured Research:

906, 2021
  • Puppy Pals @ Home

Puppy Pals @ Home: An examination of dog-led and parent-led read at home supports

By |June 9th, 2021|Categories: Academics, Research at StMU|

Participate in our Research Project! Thank you for your interest in our research study! We aim to examine how our adult-led and dog-led reading supports in the home may help your child’s literacy, and you [...]

2311, 2020
  • Dr. Ron Porter - Attitude Measurement Research

Focus on Psychology – Dr. Ron Porter’s research nets grant and lab

By |November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Academics, News, News and Events, Research at StMU|

Focus on Psychology Dr. Ron Porter’s research nets grant and lab Over the past 12 months, StMU and the psychology faculty members have created a fully functioning behaviour and attitudes (experimental) research laboratory. [...]

2311, 2020
  • Ant observations in Fish Creek Park

Ants and Plants – Research in Fish Creek Park

By |November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Academics, News, News and Events, Research at StMU|

Ants and Plants Research in Fish Creek Park Since 2013 Dr McLean has been examining the invasion of a Eurasian hemi-parasitic plant Thesium ramosum into Fish Creek Park (FCP). Hemi-parasitic plants like T. [...]

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