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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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FED project summaries


Robyn Ruttenberg-Rozen | Diana Petrarca


Supervisor name: Robyn Ruttenberg-Rozen
Project title: Supporting Inclusion in Canadian Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Programs
Summary of research project: I am inviting you to work on our project exploring inclusion and equity for underrepresented people in undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs. Harmful culture and practices in STEM programs can lead to marginalization for underrepresented people. Through our project we hope to understand how culture and practices lead to marginalization for underrepresented people within a Canadian context, and how to develop capacity for inclusion within undergraduate STEM programs. Depending on your current skill set and goals for your own growth and learning experience, you will have the opportunity to join one of our projects or to ask your own research question.
Student responsibilities/tasks:
  • Student responsibilities will depend on the nature of the project the Student chooses.
  • Our research and lab are mostly virtual, it is possible to do everything remotely.
  • Responsibilities will definitely include working as part of a team to conduct the research.
  • Other responsibilities can include conducting literature reviews, collecting data, analyzing data, liaising with community partners and research participants, and synthesizing information.
Student qualifications required:
  • Main requirement: have an interest in equity and inclusion
  • Background: education or any of the STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and related fields.
  • Minimum Grades: Whatever the passing grade is in your field
  • Skills required: an interest to grow from the experience
Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:
  • Qualitative research methodologies and case study research
  • Planning a qualitative research project, including ethical considerations, choosing a method or methodology
  • Understanding of the literature review process, and the relationship between the literature review, the study and the research questions
  • Analyzing data, including coding and looking for themes
Length of award: 12 weeks
Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award


Supervisor name: Diana Petrarca
Project title: Fostering and Assessing Students’ Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills in Higher Education and Teacher Education
Summary of research project: This project is part of a larger research project coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). OECD is an international organization that aims to build and improve policies that advance prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. The overarching objective of this project is to make more visible and tangible what it means to teach, learn and make progress in these skills in higher education. Specifically, this study explores how critical thinking and creativity is infused into teaching and learning in higher education.
Student responsibilities/tasks:
  • Assistance with data collection and organization
  • Transcription
  • Preparing data for analysis
  • Administrative responsibilities
Student qualifications required:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Willing to learn new skills
  • Feels comfortable using technology
  • Communicates clearly and accurately in written form
  • Flexible and responsible
  • Takes initiative, trouble-shoots
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work with a team
Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:
  • The Student will be provided with opportunities to learn how to collect and organize data.
  • The Student will also have the opportunity to learn project-specific software.
Length of award: 12 weeks
Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award