Research & Innovation Week 2023

Why R&I Week?!


Research and innovation week attendees watching one of the presentationsLakehead University's 18th Annual Research & Innovation Week's planning is well underway and we're pleased to return to an in-person event. The events (e.g workshops, student poster/oral presentations, and speaker panels) will run from February 27 to March 2, 2023 on the Thunder Bay campus, and from March 7 to March 9, 2023, on the Orillia campus.

Lakehead University's R&I Week delivers on 3 key goals:

  1. To celebrate and showcase research excellence
  2. To raise public awareness about research and its benefits to society, and
  3. To facilitate research collaborations

Research excellence is promoted throughout the year, but especially during our annual Research & Innovation Week. A number of awards are given out during this week, including the Distinguished Researcher Award, the Research Excellence Award, the Building Research Capacity Award, the Innovation Award and many more.

Research & Innovation Week provides an avenue for researchers (faculty, students and research staff) and their partners, to showcase their research. The event includes both graduate and undergraduate student conferences. Achievements in graduate student research are celebrated through the Three-Minute Thesis, Three-Minute Research and Graduate Student Research Excellence awards, which encourages high quality presentations and publications by graduate students.

The contributions of faculty and students are also promoted locally, nationally, and internationally to raise the profile of Lakehead University's research activity and
expertise.

Each year, a theme is chosen to guide topics for presenters. The chosen theme for the 2023 Research & Innovation Week is "Improving Our Lives Through Research."

Improving our Lives through Research

Curiosity propels us to discover life’s mysteries, and research enables us to improve every aspect of our lives. We strive to make our world an exceptional place, and work to make our present lives and futures brighter as we learn from our past. Research – whether in scientific discoveries, in health and wellbeing, in understanding society and culture, or in partnering with community and industry – is the cornerstone to understanding problems, finding solutions, and improving our lives.

Check back often for an updated listing of events and news!

Program of Events (Thunder Bay)


Monday, February 27
 
Research and Innovation Week Opening Ceremonies
 February 27, 2023 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
 Lakehead University Agora
 
R&I Week Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Julie Angus: "Rowing Across the Atlantic: Strategies to Reach Your Goals"
 February 27, 2023 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
 Lakehead University Faculty Lounge
 
Research Showcase: "Community-Based Workplace Research: How to get involved with EPID@Work" - Drs. Kathy Sanderson, Deborah Scharf, Vicki Kristman
 February 27, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
Tuesday, February 28
 
Graduate Student Conference: Poster Presentations
 February 28, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 Lakehead University Agora
 
"Functionalized Water-Soluble Lignin-Derived Polymers": Distinguished Researcher 2022 Presentation, Dr. Pedram Fatehi
 February 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
 
Research Showcase: "Implementing and Evaluating the JoyPopTM App as a Tool to Support Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth in Northwestern Ontario" - Dr. Aislin Mushquash, Ishaq Malik, Jaidyn Charlton
 February 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 Senate Chambers
 
Research Showcase: "Developing Sustainable Co-culture of Wild Rice and Fish Farming with Indigenous Communities" - Dr. Vince Palace
 February 28, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
 
IGNITE - Trivia Edition
 February 28, 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
 Lakehead University Faculty Lounge
 
"Large Language Models - Changing the landscape of Natural Language Processing Research", Dr. Vijay Mago: Science and Environmental Studies Speaker Series Presentation
 February 28, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
 ATAC 1001
Wednesday, March 1
 
Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference - Poster Presentations
 March 1, 2023 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
 Lakehead University Agora
 
Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference - Oral Presentations
 March 1, 2023 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
 Senate Chambers
 
Graduate Student Conference: Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
 March 1, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 Zoom
 
Graduate Student Conference: Three Minute Research (3MR)
 March 1, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 Zoom
Thursday, March 2
 
Research Showcase: "EV Battery Health Monitoring and Management" - Dr. Wilson Wang
 March 2, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
 
Celebrating Lakehead University's Faculty Authored Monographs
 March 2, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am
 Online event
 
"From Trekkies to MAGA: How the Internet Changed Fandom and How Fandom Changed Politics": Distinguished Researcher 2022 Presentation, Dr. Monica Flegel
 March 2, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
 
Research Showcase: "The Effect of a Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Intervention on 6 Month Exclusivity Among Primiparous Women: A Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial" - Dr. Karen McQueen
 March 2, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
 
Research and Innovation Awards of Excellence
 March 2, 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
 Lakehead University Faculty Lounge

Program of Events (Orillia)


Wednesday, March 1
 
Graduate Student Conference: Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
 March 1, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 Zoom
 
Graduate Student Conference: Three Minute Research (3MR)
 March 1, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 Zoom