St. Lawrence College (SLC) has been named one of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges by Research Infosource Inc., a Canadian research and development intelligence company. Of the 94 community colleges in Canada, SLC ranked 49th overall and first in research intensity. Throughout the past year, SLC added more than $300,000 in research projects and increased the number of industry clients across a variety of sectors.
“We are very pleased to see the 35 per cent growth of our Applied Research portfolio. More importantly, we are proud of the support given to the economic prosperity of our communities through industry-based research,” says Dr. John Conrad, Director – Innovation and Business Engagement.
The Applied Research Department at SLC has several research projects currently underway in a variety of disciplines including, biology and environmental technology, nursing, control systems and instrumentation, and engineering. The College also supports two dedicated research facilities: The Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC) which conducts industry specific research; and the Centre for Behavioural Studies, which performs both academic and industry-based research.
“These research opportunities at the College engage students with future job-related challenges, enabling them to apply their studies to real-world challenges. Industry research enables our staff and faculty to work closely with the needs of our local business to help them develop and improve their products and services,” says St. Lawrence College President and CEO, Glenn Vollebregt.
Current industry project underway include:
- Developing a home-based rain harvesting system to reduce a household’s reliance on municipal water systems.
- A validation study on a local manufacturer's structurally integrated building system.
- Inventing a novel procedure to test various foam compounds to improve the safety in mixed martial arts training.
Outside of industry-based research, St. Lawrence College is actively engaged in academic based research involving current faculty who are pursuing their academic research goals.
Current faculty research projects include:
1. Assessing Awareness of Indigenous Peoples: How Does the College Measure Up?
2. A nutrition project with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing faculty and students in Tanzania
3. The Effectiveness of an In-House Gross Anatomy Photo Atlas on BScN Students’ Learning