Let some of our students describe their incredible experience with ARIC:
A good opportunity to be a member of the research team to conduct research for reputed institutions like University of Toronto and Centennial College. Gained a lot a new knowledge and hands on experience in conducting research. Learned sampling techniques and different data analysis methods.
-Sushil Anu, Performance of Existing Oil-Grit Separators (Stormceptor) and Development a New Generation of Urban Sediment-Contaminant Separators
When approached with the opportunity to participate in this Hand Hygiene study, I was very excited. Prior to taking my Nursing Research course I was very afraid of research. I thought it to be a very intimidating topic. However, throughout the course of my student nursing experience and the nursing research course, I came to appreciate how fundamental nursing research is to the profession. That said, you can imagine my enthusiasm over my minor contribution to the betterment of the nursing profession in regards to hand hygiene best practice compliance. Infection prevention and control is one of the first things we are taught as nursing students and yet I have always felt that it is an area overlooked or underestimated in terms of the serious health related consequences resulting from poor hand hygiene practices. Participating in this study really opened my eyes to how the combination of proper technique and rubbing hands with an alcohol based sanitizer for at least fifteen seconds can reduce the risk of transmitting microorganisms and thus the number of healthcare acquired infections. Reducing these can also aid in reducing healthcare expenditures. Furthermore, the nursing profession is all about health promotion and disease prevention and we know that the single most effective way to prevent illness in the health care setting, or any setting for that matter, is proper hand hygiene. I will definitely be applying what I have been reminded of during my academic and professional career as well as in my personal life. Also, having had this knowledge reinforced by participating in this study, I will make it a point to lead by example and comply to hand hygiene practices during my nursing practice. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing study. It proves to be a very clinically significant topic and I look forward to the improvement of hand hygiene practices among all health care professionals.
-Chandecia French, Simulation Transforms Clinical Practice Resulting in Improved Hand Hygiene Compliance
This project brought me the following values: I was able to apply and expand my ecological and chemistry knowledge by participating in this research project. I learned how to effectively collect, manage and analyze data. This research also helped me learn how to work efficiently with other people It was a good opportunity that I could handle chemical instrumentation such as an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer and a UV-VIS spectrophotometer. While I was working on this project, I applied many of the skills and knowledge that I gained through Centennial College.
-Wooseop Lee, A Study of the Water and Sediment Chemistry of Local Streams: Fit for Fish?
Having had experience performing sampling and field work in the past, I was very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this project. Although I have carried out a great deal of water sampling in the past, I have not been required to conduct very much laboratory analysis for the results. Thus, I am grateful to be able to learn and carry out the laboratory procedures, and I believe this has greatly expanded my skills set as an environmental technologist. I was also grateful for the opportunity to be able to observe and learn more about watersheds in the Greater Toronto Area and the threats that they are faced with.
-Jeffrey Glenen, A Study of the Water and Sediment Chemistry of Local Streams: Fit for Fish?e
The opportunity of being involved in the geotourism MapGuide project has been extremely significant to my process of becoming a professional in the Culture, Arts and Heritage field. It has improved my research skills and critical thinking, while providing me with applied experience in this type of work. In addition to this, the process of gathering information allowed me to learned more about sustainable practices and current trends and green organizations worldwide. It was a great experience and I am looking forward to exploring the world of sustainable culture and tourism practices.
-Alexandra Illescas, Toronto Geotourism Map-Bridging A Gap
When I was asked to be a part of this project, I did not know what to expect. We spent a lot of time preparing the curriculum and creating a timetable for the week in the classrooms. In the end, it really didn't help much. Once we got there and met the children and the teachers, it was pretty clear that we were going to have to rework the majority of our curriculum. The framework was there, but most of the kids were not functioning at their proper grade level. However, I felt that most of the children understood what we were teaching and there is one BIG reason for that: technology. Despite the fact that they live in a remote First Nations community almost all the kids had cellphones, cameras, iPads or computers to use at home. This meant that despite the fact that at times it felt like we weren't getting through to some of the kids, they did retain a lot of the information we taught them and it showed through their photos. Even though only a few students completed the assignment we asked them to create, I feel they all learned something and had a great time with the cameras. I feel like I walked away from the experience having learned a thing or two as well. Not only about photography but about the community and culture. Despite the fact that there are a lot of differences between life here in Toronto and life in Grassy Narrows, technology connects us. If it weren't for the tech-savy knowledge the kids already possessed, I don't think this project would have been as successful.
-Arielle Quigley, My Life in 20 Pictures: Life Through the Eyes of First Nation’s Children
The research experience gave me an extra opportunity to work in the laboratory. During the time in the lab, I got the chance to improve some of my lab techniques, and learn knowledge related to
molecular microbiology research. Overall, this research experience benefitted me a lot.
-Perng Haw Lee, Assessment of Virulence from Canadian Acinetobacter baumannii Clinical Isolates
As a student research assistant working on the Mentorship project with Dr. Lynda Atack, I took part in various tasks including performing a literature review, transcribing interviews as well as entering data for faculty surveys. The entire process was a truly amazing learning opportunity that allowed me to experience firsthand the process of conducting academic research. This experience has helped to further my own interest in participating in the research process, and has taught me foundational skills so that one day I too may be able to conduct my own nursing research.
-Diandra Leane, Developing an Evidence Based Faculty Mentoring Model
Working on the Mentorship Project provided me the chance not only to build on my transcription skills, but more importantly the unique opportunity to participate in nursing research and in generating nursing knowledge. This experience has helped to build my resume and I am confident will make me more qualified for other research assistant positions that may come available as I work my way through school.
-Lea Gallaugher, Developing an Evidence Based Faculty Mentoring Model
The value of the project to me was in further developing my chemistry and analysis skills as well as seeing a project through all the important key components; hypothesis stage, preparation, performing, analyzing and conclusion.
-Emily Prowse, Small-Scale Hydro-Distillation of Elemi (Canarium luzonicum) Resin into Essential Oil