Information for Students

Are you a current student or recent graduate looking to obtain employment in your field? Looking to gain valuable work experience? Niagara College’s Research & Innovation Division can help you grow as an industry professional. We collaborate with local businesses and organizations to conduct innovative research projects in various specializations. Apply now and lead the research on an innovative, real-world research project!

Information for Students was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by cms007ad

WHAT students SAY…

“Research & Innovation provided tremendous support and opportunities to develop myself. Working alongside faculty, colleagues and industry partners, I was able to become more confident in my own knowledge and capabilities.”

Cameron Kyle, Research Associate/Graduate, Business & Commercialization Solutions

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Cameron Kyle, Research Associate/Graduate, Business & Commercialization Solutions

“Research & Innovation provided tremendous support and opportunities to develop myself. Working alongside faculty, colleagues and industry partners, I was able to become more confident in my own knowledge and capabilities.”
“My program at the college gave me the understanding and the skills, but then working on these projects allowed me to do hands-on work, using those skills, developing and refining them, which then put me in front of possible employers.”

Genevieve Bisset, Research Assistant/Graduate, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre

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Genevieve Bisset, Research Assistant/Graduate, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre

“My program at the college gave me the understanding and the skills, but then working on these projects allowed me to do hands-on work, using those skills, developing and refining them, which then put me in front of possible employers.”
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    Apply

    Keep an eye on our job postings page, BlackBoard and the Job Centre Site. When you see a position that interests you, send a resume and cover letter to research@niagaracollege.ca that is tailored to the position!

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    interview

    After reviewing the resumes of all applications, our administrative staff will determine which candidates will be interviewed. Of those interviewed, the top candidate(s) will be invited to join our team!

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    conduct your research

    Work closely with your industry partner, faculty lead, and project manager on the deliverables of your project. Take full advantage of the valuable experience!

  • students-rewards

    reap the rewards

    You now have valuable material for your resume and an upper hand in a competitive job market.

     

Student FAQ

Why work with Research & Innovation?

When you work with Research & Innovation, you gain real-world experience that sets you apart from the competition. It is a paid professional development experience with excellent networking opportunities that connects you with industry and helps you gain employment.

Who would I be working with?

You will be reporting regularly to your faculty lead and project manager on the progress of your project. You will also be involved in meetings with your industry partner for progress updates and research direction.

What is the difference between a Research Assistant and a Research Associate?

A Research Assistant is a post-secondary student working on a research project. A Research Associate is a recent graduate from a post-secondary program working on a research project. The Research Associate has more responsibility than the Assistant, as they act as mentors and coaches to the assistants. They tend to be the leaders of the research component of the project.

What qualities should a researcher possess?

A researcher should be able to work well in a team environment, have good time management skills, and be creative, investigative, and results-driven.

Are these summer positions or can I work during school?

Research Assistants, which are current students in a post-secondary program, can work full-time throughout the summer (35 hours/week) and part-time during school (up to 12 hours/week). Research Associates, which are recent grads, work full-time (35 hours/week) for the project’s duration.

Are these paid positions?

Yes, these are paid positions. Due to their experience level, Associates earn a higher wage than Assistants. However, both hourly wages are competitive.