I am a student and want to get involved in KM activities

We are committed to supporting student work and learning opportunities in knowledge mobilization (KM). These opportunities provide experience that grounds student education in a professional and policy context.  

Students and KMb at YorkU

Involving students in knowledge mobilization (KMb) benefits students, universities, and communities. On an individual level, KMb can enhance student research skills, support opportunities for future employment, and encourage greater civic engagement. Student involvement with KMb can also bolster the reputation of universities in their surrounding communities. It can foster greater transparency and respect between the cultures of research, policy development, and professional practice. It can help communities by increasing the capacity of non-academic collaborators to address relevant issues related to policy and professional practice.

Since its inception, the KMb Unit at York has worked to engage students. It has provided clear language training to undergraduate and graduate students, enabling them to summarize the latest research and make key findings more accessible. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, the KMb Unit sponsored a number of four-month internships for graduate students to work in a community agency in a field related to their discipline of study. To-date the KMb Unit has successfully placed 24 students with community agencies to gain experience, build organizational capacity, and link research to policy and social programming. The KMb Unit has also partnered with MITACS ACCELERATE Ontario, which connects the province's up-and-coming highly skilled researchers - graduate students and post-doctoral fellows - with Ontario companies through short-term applied research projects.

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Student Opportunities at UVic

Interdisciplinary Graduate Courses in Community Based Research

The UVic KMb Unit has developed interdisciplinary graduate courses that are aimed at addressing research questions coming from external organizations in Victoria.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has worked with UVic on two successful courses using this model. The second run of the course was completed in late November 2008. Seven graduate students were each matched up with a question coming from a practitioner in VIHA. The student then worked with the community practitioner over the semester to address the research need and develop a solution. The class met once a week under the supervision of a professor to discuss their progress and receive lectures on topics such as gaps in translation and transfer of knowledge, building partnerships, ethics, research methods, applying research to policy and practice, etc.

Read here an article on the first of our courses with VIHA.

In January 2009 two more interdisciplinary graduate courses using this flexible model started. The first course is in cooperation with the BC Ministry of Environment, with questions coming from the Environmental Stewardship Division. This course is titled “Special Topics in Applied Research in BC Wildlife, Ecosystems and Parks”. The second course is in cooperation with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, with research questions coming from the Decision Support Branch. This course is titled “Research and Evaluation Practicum in Children, Youth and Family Services & Policies”.

Student-led Research Grants from the BC Government  

The UVic Knowledge Mobilization Unit has received for 2008-09 a second grant from the BC government to sponsor student research that will assist the government in creating new, effective, and evidence-based public policy. The selected research projects will receive funding for anything ranging from the exploration of community restorative justice and public transit development to the examination of indigenous street youth counseling and the possible correlation between video games and aggression.   

These grants will provide UVic post-secondary students with an honorarium to undertake research on behalf of the BC government. Students will work with government employees while completing their research.  

UVic Community Internship Summer Program

In 2009 the UVic KMb Unit and Office of Community Based Research announced a new funded Community Internship Program for UVic graduate students. This initiative will provide funding for UVic graduate students to work with local Community Organizations on research identified by the Organization.  

Ten graduate students have been sponsored and project partners include AIDS Vancouver Island, Our Place Society, Blood Ties Four Directions Center and the Sto:lo Resource Management and Resource Center, to name a few.

This is an excellent opportunity for the students to apply their research skills and expertise by working on public policy, social programming, or professional practice while getting paid for their work.  

Click here to access a Web form to request more information about student opportunities.