Research Week

Curiosity. Creativity. Connectivity.

Read the Research Week 2020 program (PDF)

Research Week 2020 Award Recipients


Professor Alain Doom - Recipient of the 2019-2020 Excellence in Research Award

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Dr. Nancy Young and Mary Jo Wabano - Recipients of the 2020 Innovation Award

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Winners of the Voyageurs' Innovation Challenge

Ben MacKenzie, Curtis Carpino, Cameron Perdue, and Guneet Sahni (pictured with Gisele Roberts), students in the Faculty of Management, won for their Residence Move-In Box idea, in collaboration with Dr. Ron Mulholland (not pictured)

Top 10 Research and Innovation Achievements of 2019

1. Dr. Mélanie Perron, in collaboration with the University of Moncton, transformed her collaborative research into a book for children entitled “Emotions: how to explain them better”. So far, 500 copies of the book have been distributed to help promote the development in young francophone children of the understanding of emotions.

2. Dr. Chantal Mayer-Crittenden started The Parlé Podcast where she hosts a bevy of guests on the topic of communication at large.

3. Dr. Celeste Pedri-Spade received Laurentian University’s first New Frontiers in Research Fund grant for her research project repatriating children’s artwork to Indian Residential School and Day School survivors in Anishinabe and Algonquin territory.

4. Dr. Nancy Young and Ms. Mary Jo Wabano are co-leading a CIHR grant entitled, “Listening to Children's Voices - Promoting Indigenous Mental Wellness (I aM Well).”  This 5-year grant is worth $1.5 million and is one of only two applications that were successful in the National competition.

5. In 2019, Dr. Joey-Lynn Wabie received a SSHRC Connection grant to support outreach activities in the area of reconciliation, bringing forward the voices of Indigenous youth (aged 16-
29) from communities across Ontario. 

6. The Workplace Simulation Laboratory (W-SIM), housed at the CROSH, has been created through successful grant applications totalling approximately $750, 000 from FedNor, NOHFC, CFI, and ORF. W-SIM is the only facility of its kind globally, and can recreate almost any northern workplace environment, within a controlled laboratory setting. Integrating: a robotic, motion platform (simulates vibration); an environmental chamber (to control temperature/humidity); a virtual reality eye-tracker (simulates workers’ surroundings); and a cardiorespiratory diagnostic system (measures human responses) – W-SIM can solve real-world, workplace problems using simulation.

7. The Wiigwam at Laurentian University is a visible reminder of Indigenous presence and lands on campus. It is a treasured community member, and one way the community has moved LU forward towards its Imagine 2023 goal of becoming a national leader in Indigenous education. Launched by LU faculty and staff, the outcome of this funded research project continues to change the landscape on campus through the sharing of Indigenous knowledge.

8. Dr. Elizabeth Turner is among a team of scientists that have discovered the world’s oldest fungus fossil to date, which dates back as far as a billion years ago. That's about half a billion years older than the previously discovered fungi.

9. Dr. James Watterson’s partnership with Sudbury Action Committee for Youth (SACY) to identify the chemical properties of street drugs.

10. Dr. Kerry McGannon was a co-author of the article, "Educating Parents of Children in Sport About Abuse Using Narrative Pedagogy" which won paper of the year (2019) from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

Graduate Students Symposium

Indigenous Presentation Natasha Daviau
Runner Up Chantel Desrochers
Faculty of Health Margaret Kanya-Forstner
Runner Up Chelsea Sherrington
Faculty of Science Christina Mozzon
Runner Up Jade Dawson
Faculty of Arts Vivian Oystrick
Runner Up Sarah de Blois
Francophone Affairs Ania Mezouari
Runner Up Marangaby (Miriam) Mahamat
3MT Lea Fieschi Meric
3MT Runner Up Rachel Belanger
3MT People's Choice Tess Dufour
Overall Phd Adam Kirkwood
Overall MA Christina Mozzon


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