media release

SFU research goes virtual

November 14, 2012

Barry Shell, V-P Research office, 778.782.3125;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;


Simon Fraser University is virtually opening its doors as part of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s (AUCC) Open Doors, Open Knowledge 2012 – Putting Ideas to Work initiative.

A new website launched today by SFU’s V-P Research office highlights the university’s research involvements, featuring a broad spectrum of research activity, from business and social science to health care and the environment. Examples of how SFU supports entrepreneurship are also showcased.

There’s a focus on students as well as faculty researchers. Among highlights is SFU’s Research Undergraduate Student Research Award pilot program, which funded 86 students in 2012 for 16 weeks of hands-on experience, under the guidance of faculty researchers.

The students received research training in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences and humanities, gaining invaluable hands-on research experience guiding them to think critically, analyze problems, and develop solutions.

Others featured include Eric LeGresley, a young high school student currently working with an SFU chemistry researcher.

"The site illustrates SFU's interdisciplinary approach to research and the experiential learning opportunities offered to our undergraduate and graduate students,” says Mario Pinto, SFU’s V-P Research. “It also details recent Knowledge Infrastructure Program projects and how they have helped in promoting the teaching-learning-research nexus.

The AUCC initiative is a national campaign designed to show how Canadian universities are contributing to Canada’s economic prosperity and quality of life.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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