Community-Student Research Connections

Cape Breton University is creating pathways for community collaboration in research, with the launch of a new program: Community-Student Research Connections.

Community-Student Research Connections invites community organizations and small businesses to consider how academic research might help direct their development efforts by responding to needs or gaps in information. Consider a youth sports league that wants to examine best practices for equity, diversity and inclusion, or a business that wants to evaluate its recycling efforts. Maybe it’s the local historical society seeking archival research or a seniors’ association looking to evaluate its summer programming. The possibilities for Community-Student Research Connections are as varied as the people and communities across Cape Breton!

The work may be a continuation of an ongoing research initiative or maybe is a new research question. Students will be matched with eligible community-based projects, providing up to 100 hours of research service over a four month period, starting in May 2022. Students must be enrolled in fulltime studies at CBU at the time of application, as well as returning fulltime in the fall of 2022 following their participation in the program.

Research methods students may use include:  

  • Archival research
  • Literature review
  • Policy/document analysis
  • Data collection
  • Needs assessment
  • Program evaluation
  • Environmental scan
  • Impact studies

To apply as a community group, please fill out this form. 

Projects will be reviewed and each successful community applicant will be matched with a student researcher, one who brings experience in research methods, along with interest and enthusiasm in the topic at hand. The student will provide 100 hours of research assistance, at no cost to the community partner. The student will gain valuable research experience while receiving fair compensation for their work. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2022.

Contact information:

If you are interested in participating in this program, email or call 902-563-3196.


Student Benefits:

  • Earn $2000 for 100 hours of research assistance
  • Gain valuable experience to add to your resume and co-curricular record
  • Learn about the people, places and pursuits of local community interests
  • Contribute to community development by sharing your research skills

To apply as a student, please fill out this form. 

Community Benefits:

  • Gain assistance in data-gathering at no cost to you as a community group
  • Design programs, projects and activities with the benefit of timely applied research
  • Understand stakeholder perspectives by collecting their input or feedback
  • Build partnerships with CBU and other community interests
  • Support student success, allowing students to develop and apply their research skills