Research

Saint Mary’s Research Achievements

  • Our research activity has increased significantly in the recent past. For example, externally-sponsored research funding has more than quadrupled between 2001-02 and 2011-12.
  • Saint Mary’s currently has 9 Canada Research Chairs in the following areas:
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics (2)
    • Atlantic Canada Studies
    • Management
    • Environmental Studies/Material Science
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • International Development Studies
    • Occupational Health Psychology
    • Finance     
  • Saint Mary’s University’s CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety is now home to the first-ever professorship in safety culture. Thanks to an ongoing partnership with CN Rail, Dr. Mark Fleming will bring his 20 years of international research experience to work with industry partners to highlight the importance of safety culture. Read the story.
  • Recently, Saint Mary's received a $122,000 Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders’ Opportunity Fund grant. The grant funds Saint Mary's Clean Trace-Metal Environmental Analytical Laboratory (CTEAL), an integrated laboratory system for the preparation and analysis of environmental samples for trace-level mercury and metal contaminants. Read the story.
  • Dr. Michael Zhang, Information Systems & Management Science will be part of a $2.5 million research project looking at the impact of mental health disorders on individuals and the community. Read the story.
  • We were recently awarded a $1.5 million institutional grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to build research capacity. Saint Mary's is one of only seven universities across Canada to receive one of these grants.
  • Saint Mary’s also received a $10 million investment in our high-performance computing facility as part of the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet)
  • We received a $3.5 million investment from The Atlantic Innovation Fund of ACOA  for a research project investigating human behavioural data for use in urban modeling and simulation.
  • The establishment of our Office of Innovation and Community Engagement (formerly known as Industry Liaison Office) in late 2004, created a strong bridge between research activities and external individuals and organizations