Local Virtual Research Opportunities

Application process

If you would like to be considered for any of these internships, please identify the project and submit the following documents to rch@uottawa.ca :

  • Student resumé
    The resume must include sections on education, awards and research experience. Maximum two pages in length.
  • Statement of interest
    The student must explain why they want to participate in the proposed research project and the link to their professional goals. Maximum 250 words.
  • Transcripts
    Transcripts in PDF format from uoZone are accepted. All transcripts must be combined into a single PDF file.

Bala Vikasa

NGO Gaps and Challenges in Creating Impactful Programs

Disciplines: Business administration, commerce, management, marketing and communication

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to March

Hours: Flexible

Tasks and responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Identifying the scope for NGOs to work with corporates
  • Identifying the need for corporates to work with NGOs in terms of wider social impact
  • Identifying challenges faced by the corporates to work with NGOs
  • Presenting  case studies of NGOs successfully working with corporates
  • Making recommendations to fill gaps among NGOs

Eligibility: Master’s and PhD students in business administration or commerce. Students from other programs will be considered if they can demonstrate the capability to find and analyze sustainable organizations in order to show their responsible business practices and the impact of these practices.

Language: English

Number of placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined

Project description: The global financial crisis is having an impact on many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) big and small, urban and rural, local and international. NGOs that do not have proper sustainability approaches and methodologies are suffering the most and must work with corporates to become more sustainable and have a bigger social impact. This project will identify the scope for NGOs to work with industry.

Responsible Business Practices — Strategic Choices

Disciplines: Business administration, commerce, management, marketing, communication

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to March

Hours: Flexible

Tasks and responsibilities:

Task and responsibilities may include:

  • Identifying organizations that have transformed themselves to become more sustainable
  • Showing the responsible business practices they have adopted
  • Showing the impact of adopting such practices
  • Showing the challenges faced in implementing such practices
  • Making final recommendations on how organizations should transform themselves
  • Showing the importance of government support, legislation and regulations

Eligibility: Master’s and PhD students in business administration or commerce. Students from other programs will be considered if they can demonstrate the necessary capability to find and analyze sustainable organizations to identify their responsible business practices and the impact of these practices.

Language: English

Number of placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined

Project description: Companies face pressures to increase profitability in order to maximize shareholder wealth. In doing so, business actions often have harmful effects, such as environmental damage, income disparity, corrupt practices and discrimination. This project will identify and analyze businesses that have benefited from adapting more sustainable practices.

Canadian Museum of Nature

Functionally Jawless Zebrafish: Realizing a Thought Experiment of Macroevolution

Disciplines: Paleobiology, paleontology, evolutionary biology, developmental biology and zoology

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to April

Hours: Flexible

Tasks and responsibilities:

Task and responsibilities may include:

  • Establishing and maintaining breeding colonies of zebrafish
  • Genotyping progenies
  • Morphometrics
  • CT scanning and digital segmentation
  • Hi-speed filming of fish behaviour

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels. Previous lab experiences in biology valued.

Language: English

Number of placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined

Project description: Evolution is not always incremental. Fossil records document transitions so drastic that they appear as a leap from one state to another. The functionally jawless zebrafish provides an opportunity to study what happens when an important evolutionarily-conserved function is lost in a single-point mutation. The fish buffer this defect by modifying their skulls through a process called developmental plasticity. In doing so, their head shapes come to resemble primitive jawless vertebrates known from the Silurian and Devonian periods. Students can test this accommodation of a significant defect in the mutants from various aspects.

Preparation of Botanical Research Specimens

Disciplines: Botany, biology, museum studies with an interest in natural history

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December

Hours: 10 hours/week

Tasks and responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Learning techniques for mounting botanical specimens for long-term preservation in a public herbarium
  • Using supplied materials and tools to expertly prepare and mount botanical specimens for long-term use in the National Herbarium of Canada or partner collections
  • Taking all necessary measures to maintain the vital link between each specimen and its data
  • Storing specimens in a sealed container (provided) at all times when specimens are not being actively prepared
  • Periodically receiving and returning specimens and supplies in person (approximately every two weeks) to the Natural Heritage Campus at 1740 chemin Pink or elsewhere in Ottawa/Gatineau.

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels

Languages: English and French

Number of placements: 4

Funding: To be determined

Project description: New plant and lichen specimens come to the herbarium loose, each folded into the newsprint “flimsy” in which it was pressed in the field. A label detailing the date and place of collection, along with other important scientific details, is also included. The plant specimen preparator securely attaches each specimen and label to archival paper supports so that the information it encapsulates stays permanently grouped throughout the hundreds of years the specimen will remain available for study in the collection.

City of Ottawa

Nightlife Economy

Disciplines: No preference

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: August to December

Hours: Flexible

Tasks and responsibilities:

Task and responsibilities may include:

  • Researching how other mid-sized cities have supported the growth of nightlife activity
  • Identifying best practices for developing a city’s nightlife

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels

Language: English

Number of placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined

Project description: By establishing nightlife ambassadors and nightlife strategies, cities are bridging the gap between municipalities, nightlife businesses and residents, thus changing the nightlife narrative and increasing dialogue among stakeholders. There is strong rationale for undertaking this work. Cities with vibrant nightlife economies enjoy improved job creation, talent attraction, economic growth, tourism development, city brand building and artistic growth.

While the City of Ottawa has traditionally focused on daytime business and leisure activities, it has recognized the importance of expanding its outreach into the night through the development of a nightlife economy action plan. The nightlife economy constitutes all evening and musical/cultural spaces open between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., including food, music, arts and entertainment, and sports and leisure sectors.

University of Ottawa

Entrepreneurial Resource/Grant Research Project

Disciplines: Entrepreneurship, health sciences, communication, marketing or management

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to April

Hours: 5 to 10 hours/week

Tasks and responsibilities: The student will research funding opportunities, grants and resources available to entrepreneurs, using websites and other information sources. Data will be logged in a Microsoft Excel template provided by the supervisor.

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels

Language: English

Number of Placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined

Project description: This project seeks to obtain information on grants, funding opportunities and resources available to entrepreneurs participating in e-Hub programming, students across the uOttawa campus and alumni. This research will provide us with a thorough, robust understanding of services available in our entrepreneurial ecosystem, locally and nationally.

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Scan

Disciplines: Management and entrepreneurship

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December

Hours: 5 to10 hours/week

Tasks and responsibilities: The student will research entrepreneurial activity in universities around the world in various areas. Data will be logged in Microsoft Excel in a template provided by the supervisor. The student will need to search university websites to find the required information.

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels with an interest in the entrepreneurial community

Language: English

Number of placements: 2

Funding: To be determined

Project description: This project will analyze the top entrepreneurial universities around the world to understand the types of activities, programs and events they operate. This will inform a benchmarking exercise the University of Ottawa is conducting to better understand what programs and activities it should be operating. This will be the first of annual scans of entrepreneurial universities around the world.

Mirasand

Mirasand Plant Growth Comparative Analysis

Disciplines: Biology

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to March

 Hours: Flexible

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Organize planting, harvesting and other agronomic operations in controlled and uncontrolled environments.
  • Study plant physiology through comparative analysis in order to help produce higher yield. Compare and analyse the growth of plants with and without Mirasand.
  • Perform research to understand the biological and chemical processes by which crops grow, such as determining the role of a particular gene in plant growth.
  • Daily logging daytime and nighttime temperature, relative humidity, total photoperiod of each species.
  • Identify spatial and temporal patterns of resource supply as major determinants of fitness in plants.
  • Take multiple pictures daily to track progress and help better understand the growth comparison of plants with and without Mirasand. (time-lapse equipment may be provided)

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels

Language: English and French  

Number of Placements : 5

Funding : To be determined

Project description: Mirasand is an aggregate used to cover the surface of plant soil and reflects light under the leaves. The reflection assists the plant to grow rapidly (on average 30% depending on the species) without having lighting directed under the leaves. In turn this method is more energy efficient and less costly for the grower.

We are looking to expand our understanding on the overall growth potential Mirasand has on different plant species/categories via comparative analysis. We want to analyse the different benefits of Mirasand, and understand how the overall environmental condition can affect growth.

Analysis will be done on three categories on plants; vegetation, common house plants, and marijuana plants.

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