Nipissing University Research Month showcases impact of research

North Bay, ON – March is Research Month at Nipissing University, a time to celebrate the research contributions of the Nipissing community at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty level.

Throughout the month, Nipissing is encouraging the public to “Discover Research” through events designed to highlight the breadth of research taking place at the University and its impact on the community.

“Research Month is an opportunity for us to open our doors to the community and shine a light on the world-class research taking place here,” said Dr. Jim McAuliffe, Dean of Graduate Studies & Research. “Our students and faculty are engaged in research across many different disciplines which speaks to the talent and diversity of our Nipissing community and the variety of opportunities available at all levels.”

The flagship event, NU360 Speaker Night, will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the NUSU Student Centre. Community members are invited to attend this free event that will feature presentations by faculty on their COVID-19-related research and its relevance to the community.

Presentations will include:  

  • Mapping and assessing potential changes in the spatial distribution of criminal activities in the City of North Bay, Ontario, during the COVID-19 pandemic – Dr. John Kovacs, Professor, Department of Geography & Geology
  • Community Service in a Time of Coronavirus: The Impact of COVID-19 on Volunteering and Experiential Learning in the Non-Profit Sector in North Bay and surroundings areas - Dr. Manuel Litalien, Associate Professor, Department of Social Welfare & Social Development & Dr. Natalya Brown (co-investigator), Associate Professor, School of Business & Department of Economics
  • Business Coping Strategies through the COVID-19 Crisis – Dr. Denyse Lafrance Horning, Associate Professor, School of Business
  • Conducting neuroendocrinology research during a global pandemic  - Dr. Justin Carré, Professor, Psychology

The 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference will once again take place virtually, offering undergraduate students across Ontario the chance to share their work with peers, faculty, and the public through an online portal. Student research submissions will be available for viewing online when the conference goes live at the end of the month.

For all the details on Nipissing University’s Research Month, visit

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Meghan Venasse
Manager, Communications
Nipissing University
705-474-3450 ext. 4615