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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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FSSH project summaries

Supervisors

Peter Stoett | Wesley Crichlow | Thomas McMorrow | Bobby Stojanoski

 

Supervisor name: Peter Stoett
Project title: Fighting Environmental and Climate Crime

Summary of research project: As part of a SSHRC Insight Grant, this Researcher will contribute to the ongoing development of a database which will be used by United Nations agencies, national governments, and non-governmental organizations to help collaboration and coordination in the fight against environmental and climate crime. Crimes against climate range from falsified carbon credits and offset schemes to violations of international agreements to the deliberate use of deforestation and other forms of ecological extraction with high emission consequences. We are populating a database that will provide detailed information about such crimes: where they are taking place, root causes, and efforts to control/mitigate.

Student responsibilities/tasks:

  • The Researcher will work with Dr. Stoett conducting internet searches and recording instances of climate crime, and then deposit these descriptions in the proper database portfolios.
  • The work can be conducted from a home base or remotely.

Student qualifications required:

  • GPA 3.0
  • Preferably 3rd year entering 4th year
  • Social science background preferred but not essential

Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:

  • Will work with Professor on identifying relevant material
  • Will receive training to access and add to the database
  • Critical thinking about government reports and media coverage

Length of award: 16 weeks

Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award

 

Supervisor name: Wesley Crichlow
Project title: Enhancing Student and Faculty Internationalization in FSSH

Summary of research project: This project will use thematic analysis approach to explore social and academic engagement report findings and recommendations on internationalisation in Canada’s U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, commonly shortened to U15. The objective is to enrich the quality of internationalization in the FSSH and Ontario Tech in seeking out strategies for enhanced student and faculty experience.

Student responsibilities/tasks:

  • This project will use thematic analysis approach to explore social and academic engagement report findings and recommendations on internationalisation in Canada’s U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities commonly shortened to U15.
  • The objective is to enrich the quality of internationalization in the FSSH and Ontario Tech in seeking strategies for enhanced student and faculty experience.

Student qualifications required:

  • Entering 4th year in 2022
  • A average and above
  • Above average written, verbal presentation and research skills
  • Microsoft PowerPoint skills
  • Social media skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Committed to the project during the summer

Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:

  • Research writing and presentation skills
  • Report writing and presentation skills

Length of award: 16 weeks

Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award

 

Supervisor name: Thomas McMorrow
Project title: Human Agency, Legal Capacity and Contemporary Constitutional Thought

Summary of research project: The objective of the overall study is to advance understanding of the relationship between constitutional law and individual citizen agency, by tracing developments in relevant Canadian public law thought, Supreme Court jurisprudence, and political practice. This research project will focus on providing a review of explicit and indirect treatments of this question in the relevant UK, American, and Canadian academic literatures. In examining the question of the legal subject and the role of the citizen in law's conception, the study will focus on how the issue of individual legal capacity (due to intellectual disability, mental illness or cognize deterioration) is addressed (or not).

Student responsibilities/tasks:

  • The Student is responsible for meeting regularly with the Project Supervisor to discuss the goals and methods of the research.
  • The Student will be provided with some sources to start with but will be expected to produce a thematically organized annotated bibliography, as well as literature reviews whose focus will be reviewed and refined once the initial bibliography has been compiled.

Student qualifications required:

  • Preference is for an upper year Legal Studies student, but students in other FSSH disciplines who have taken Legal Research Methods and meet the skill and knowledge requirements are welcome to apply
  • Dean's or President's List standing
  • Demonstrated research and writing abilities (academic essay to be included along with application)

Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:

  • Scholarly research skill development (re case law and legal/ political theory)
  • Deepening of knowledge of constitutional law and political theory
  • Development of analytic and synthetic abilities

Length of award: 16 weeks

Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award

 

Supervisor name: Bobby Stojanoski
Project title: Neural Mechanisms Underlying Cognitive Abilities in Typically and Atypically Developing Children

Summary of research project: The proposed project would examine the neural mechanisms (electrophysiological (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI), associated with different cognitive abilities (eg., working memory, verbal processing, executive functioning) in typically developing (TD) children and children with neurodevelopmental conditions (eg. Autism and ADHD). Two primary objectives include 1) identify neural mechanisms (EEG vs. fMRI) associated with cognitive development in TD 7-15 year olds, and 2) identify differences in cognitive maturation between TD children and children with Autism and ADHD.

Student responsibilities/tasks:

  • Students will help download data from public repository, organize data on local server, and start analyzing fMRI and/or EEG data plus cognitive scores (such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children)

Student qualifications required:

  • Completed at least 1 stats course
  • Has some coding experience, or willing to learn to code
  • Minimum B+
  • Interest in cognition, and neuroimaging

Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:

  • Organizing "big data"
  • Analyzing cognitive Data
  • Analyzing brain Data
  • Coding experience
  • Advanced multivariate stats

Length of award: 16 weeks

Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award or NSERC USRA