Collaborative research opportunities

UVic students serving at Our Place
UVic students help Our Place serve Victoria's most vulnerable as part of a service evaluation research project.

We collaborate with community, government and industrial partners to address research needs in our community.

Research partnership opportunities provide mutual benefits for researchers, students and community partners. Explore the resources and research partnership opportunities below to learn more.

Find a research partner

Interested in exploring a research idea or question? Whether you’re a community or industry organization, or a UVic student or faculty member looking to collaborate, tell us about your research idea and we'll try to help connect you to the right people to move your project forward.

Current research partnership opportunities

Multidisciplinary research internship course for graduate students (GS 505)

GS 505: Research and Evaluation in Children + Family Services

Working with instructors Gordon Miller and Wayne Mitic, and mentors in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), students work on one research question to produce solutions as they relate to needs and programming that are immediately applicable to our province.

To get a better sense of the range of research questions looked at in this course, read this Ring article on the MCFD program.

This course is valued at 1.5 credits (with your graduate department adviser's permission) and each participant is eligible to receive up to $200 CAD in support of project expenses. It is usually offered in second term (January to April). Read the 2015 syllabus

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Previous graduate student opportunities

Early years program - State of the Child report

Reference number: COMM - 0065

Deadline for expression of interest was May 11, 2017

This opportunity is open to UVic graduate students with faculty supervision.

Research opportunity with a local children and family focused multi-organization led program to support the development of a State of the Child report, which will take available data, layer it and create a picture of experiences that young children and their families encounter in the Victoria region.

The opportunity is flexible and can be tailored to students’ interests and competencies. Students will work in collaboration with the program coordinator to:
• collect and synthesize literature and data from diverse sources
• analyze data to identify interconnections
• develop accessible materials and reports

Potential benefits:

• Research: Gain experience locating, gathering, comparing data
• Writing: Gain experience in taking research and creating material that is accessible and easy to understand
• Graphic Design: Gain experience designing information reports, marketing material and develop social media material
• Mentorship and Networking: Receive mentoring and guidance from program coordinator and other local professionals from the early years and family support sectors

Timeline:

Beginning approximately June 2017, part-time, flexible hours for approximately 3 months

Compensation:

$1200; project may be suitable for directed studies

Expression of interest:

Please submit a brief expression of interest (one page or less) outlining your relevant background/experience and your interest in the proposed project to by 4 pm, May 11, 2017

Questions:

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Community engagement project with local community association

Reference number: COMM - 0067

Deadline for expression of interest was March 13, 2017

This opportunity was open to UVic graduate students with faculty supervision.

Support a local community focused organization to fulfill its service mandate and operational goals while working with a team of volunteers and staff to:

• support development of community engagement tools, e.g. surveys, community activities
• support development community engagement plan
• contribute to the development of community engagement report

Potential benefits:
• conducting research to identify community needs
• contributing to research that can be applied in a meaningful way to the community
• networking opportunities with professionals and community members

Timeline: to be determined

Compensation: limited; project may be suitable for directed studies

More information

Please contact or 250-472-4335.

Youth masculine identities and healthy relationships

Reference number: COMM - 0066

Deadline for expression of interest was March 13, 2017

This opportunity was open to UVic graduate students with faculty supervision.

Research opportunity with a local organization to work collaboratively with a program coordinator to evaluate a program or explore aspects of a program focused on self-identified ‘males’ aged 14-19 that explores themes of healthy relationships, masculine identities, and more.

The research project in collaboration with the organization may involve one or more of the following:
• qualitative research data collection (e.g., pre/post surveys, focus groups)
• analyzing data to assess and evaluate the program
• developing a report to share findings

Potential benefits:
• Research: Gain experience in qualitative data collection, data analysis and program evaluation
• Writing: Gain experience in translating research findings to accessible communication materials (e.g., community report)
• Mentorship and Networking: Receive mentoring and guidance from program coordinator and others

Timeline: to be determined

Compensation: limited compensation available depending on funding; project may be suitable for directed studies

More information

Please contact or 250-472-4335.

Other ways to collaborate

If you want to get involved with UVic research but aren't sure where to start, consider hiring a co-op student, supporting a research project or looking into fee-for-service work.

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