Research Expo

Thank you all for helping to make Saint Mary’s twelth annual Research Expo such a great success! Panelist and attendee involvement was tremendous. We had a number of external organizations that virtually attended. There is such a wide variety of research happening at Saint Mary’s University.

Below are some pictures from this years Research Expo event.

If you did not get a chance to connect with faculty during Expo or would like to provide feedback on the event, please contact Danielle Goodfellow in the Office of Innovation and Community Engagement at

Congratulations to Danielle Boudreau from the Faculty of Science who is this year’s recipient of the Staff Research Recognition Award.

We look forward to seeing you at Research Expo 2023!

See the Research Expo Agenda

2022 Agenda

1:00 pm - Opening remarks, Dr. Adam Sarty, Associate Vice-President, Research and
                Kevin Buchan, Director, Office of Innovation and Community Engagement
1:05 pm - Networking at the booths
3:00 pm - Faculty Pitch Presentations
4:00 pm - Opening remarks for Research Reception, Dr. Adam Sarty
4:30 pm - Closing of Research Reception

2022 Presenters

Dr. Teresa Heffernan, English Language and Literature
Dr. Chantal Hervieux, Management
Dr. Danielle Tokarz, Chemistry
Dr. Maryam Dilmaghani, Economic
Dr. Andrés Arteaga, Languages and Cultures
Dr. Wendy Carroll, Management
Dr. Ivana Damjanov, Astronomy and Physics
Dr. Claudia De Feuntes, Management
Dr. Yigit Aydede, Economics
Dr. Serperi Sevgur, Sociology
Dr. Min-Jung Kwak, Geography and Environmental Studies
Dr. Alison Barclay, Languages and Cultures
Nicole Carter, Patrick Power Library

Dr. Teresa Heffernan

Dr. Teresa Heffernan, professor in the department of English Language and Literature, researches the entanglement of science, fiction, and myth in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence.

She considers why science uses fiction even as it marginalizes the literary imagination in discussions of a technological future, why animals are so often problematically collapsed with robots given the rise of machines and the dramatic loss of biodiversity and how the categories and narratives about robots and animals differently narrate the human.

Her most recent article is forthcoming in AI&Society: “The Imitation Game, the ‘Child Machine,’ and the Fathers of AI.”  Her books include: Cyborg Futures: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (edited collection, 2019); Veiled Figures: Women, Modernity, and the Spectres of Orientalism (2016) and Post-Apocalyptic Culture: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Twentieth-Century Novel (2008/2012). 

Her presentation is titled “AI everywhere": The Mythical and Religious Roots of Algorithmic Faith.     

Dr. Chantal Hervieux


Dr. Chantal Hervieux is a Professor in the Management Department in the Sobey School of Business and Director of the Centre for Leadership Excellence and Impactlab.

Chantal’s research interests include the social impact assessment, social and sustainable entrepreneurship, social innovation systems, ethical responsibilities of organizations, business policies and strategic management.

She has been the recipient of several awards including the Academy of Management: Best Reviewer Social Issues Management and Above and Beyond the Call of Duty from the Organization Management Theory Division.

Her presentation is titled "From social innovation Lab to empowerment: The place of reflexivity".

Dr. Danielle Tokarz

Dr. Danielle Tokarz, associate chemistry professor at Saint Mary's University, specializes in the development of ultrafast, laser scanning microscopes.

The Toronto-born chemist completed her Ph.D in 2014 at the University of Toronto where she studied the nonlinear optical properties of carotenoid and chlorophyll molecules as dyes for nonlinear optical microscopy.

In 2015, she moved to Boston to take up a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where she developed a new three-photon microscope for intravital imaging of bone in mice skulls.

Danielle will discuss ultrafast, laser scanning microscopes which have many potential medical and industrial uses including differentiating tumor tissue from healthy normal tissue as well as improving biomass processing.           

Dr. Maryam Dilmaghani


Dr. Maryam Dilmaghani is an associate professor of economics in Saint Mary’s University. She holds a PhD in economics from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Economics from Université de Montréal. Maryam has extensive research on minorities (ethnic/sexual/gender) and immigrants.

Maryam has been involved with Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity (ARGEIAD) since joining SMU. Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as Journal of Economic Psychology, Economics Letters, Review of Economics of the Household, and Journal of Comparative Economics. She has twice received the SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants, for her research, as the principal applicant.  

Her presentation is titled "Social Inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ people and its Implications for Health and Wellbeing".

Dr. Andrés Arteaga

Dr. Andrés Arteaga is an associate professor in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Department of Languages and Cultures at Saint Mary´s University. His research focuses on the exercise of writing after social and individual trauma, including victims of political violence in Colombia, Latin American émigré authors and the Latin American community in Atlantic Canada. He has published different books and articles about these topics.

In his presentation today he will share his experience on a creative writing project among the latinx community in Atlantic Canada around the COVID-19 pandemic.            

Dr. Wendy Carroll


Dr. Wendy R. Carroll, an award-winning teacher and practice-oriented researcher, is the Director of the EMBA and EDBA Programs and associate professor in the Department of Management.

After a 20-year career working in national and multinational businesses as a senior leader and executive, Wendy joined the academy and researches and teaches in the areas of workforce strategies, human resource management, employee relations, leadership, and evidence-based decision-making.

Wendy was awarded the Dr. Geraldine Thomas Educational Leadership Award within the academy in 2018 and received national recognition as one of the Top 25 HR Professionals by Canadian HR Reporter Magazine in 2016. In 2016, she was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant for work on exploring employee silence in organizations after unjust events, such as harassment or bullying.

She will be presenting on Examining a model of remote work effectiveness: A partial replication and extension of a study in a Canadian context

Dr. Ivana Damjanov

As Canada Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Tier II), Dr. Ivana Damjanov seeks to expand the spectroscopic and imaging surveys of galaxies to cover large areas of the sky and provide the highest-quality data.

By carefully analyzing datasets the associate professor and her team seek to reveal:  the nature and origin of the densest galaxies in the universe; the shape and extent of dark matter halos in which they are embedded and the connections between the changes that luminous and dark matter experience as galaxies grow and the universe ages.

Ivana came to Saint Mary's from Harvard University in 2017. The title of her presentation is The Life of Red and Dead Galaxies in the Aging Universe.         

Dr. Claudia De Feuntes


Dr. Claudia De Fuentes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at Saint Mary’s University. Her area of expertise is in systems of innovation, university-industry collaborations, global innovation networks, social innovation determinants of innovation, and impact assessment of innovation policy.

She has presented at national and international conferences. Claudia serves as a peer reviewer for numerous academic journals. She has been a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank, and works on projects funded by SSHRC, the Treasury Board of Canada, and Saint Mary’s University. She is one of the founding members of the North America and Caribbean Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems (NACLICS).

Claudia will be sharing results from a collaborative research project with Dr. Joniada Milla, Dr. Hao Lu, and PhD student Soheil Ahmadi on impact assessment of Innovation Policy. This project has been funded by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS).    

Dr. Yigit Aydede

Dr. Yigit Aydede is Professor of Economics at Saint Mary’s University.

His research interest is economics of population in the area of applied microeconomics. He teaches machine learning, econometrics, and data analytics courses.

His current research projects are related to machine learning applications on health care and chronic disease surveillance systems. Mostly recently, his research team was able to link the high-dimensional administrative hospital discharge data with a confidential health survey to investigate the environmental factors of cancer in Canada. 

He is a founding member of MLportal (Research Portal on Machine Learning for Social and Health Policy), a joint initiative by researchers from Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s universities and collaborators all over the world.  He is also holding Sobey Professorship in Economics.

His presentation topic is “Causal Discovery of Cancer with Sparsity”.     

Dr. Serperi Sevgur


Dr. Sevgur is a sociologist with research and teaching interests in contemporary political economy and international migration. Her research examines issues of feminization of work and migration in the context of local and global inequalities, in addition to gender dynamics, and family relations across transnational spaces. She is actively engaged with subjects of migration and integration in Canada by taking part in research projects which evaluate settlement programs, and in forums that are designed for knowledge transfer and policy formulation.

Her presentation will be on a SSHRC funded project for which she is a Post-Doctoral fellow, and will outline the ongoing development of a new software tool for text-intensive qualitative research in Social Sciences (           

Dr. Min-Jung Kwak


Dr. Min-Jung Kwak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and Acting Graduate Program Coordinator.

Her research interests are broadly located at the intersection of economic, urban and social geography, with a regional focus on Atlantic Canada. Dr. Kwak’s research interests have ben developed into four substantive areas: immigrant entrepreneurship, education migration and student mobility, immigrant healthcare service and Korean Canadian studies.

Dr. Kwak will be presenting her research on the socio-economic impacts of COVID on immigrant entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia.       

Dr. Alison Barclay

Dr. Alison Barclay is an Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Saint Mary’s University.

She holds a B.A. in Classics (University of Alberta, 1985), an M.A. in Greek and Roman History (University of Toronto, 1991) and a Ph.D in Greek Art and Archaeology (University of Toronto, 2002).

In her research Alison explores ancient Greek religion, iconography and intercultural relations between Greece and the ancient Near East. She is also exploring the field of Classical Reception with a project on New Zealand artist Marian Maguire (b. 1962).

Her presentation is titled "Myth, theophany or epiphany? Ambiguity in mid-6th c BCE Athenian black figure vase painting".         

Nicole Carter

Nicole Carter, originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, holds a BA Linguistics (University of British Columbia, 2003), an MLIS (University of British Columbia, 2008) and MA in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies (Carleton University, 2012). Nicole has held precarious work term contracts with Carleton University, University of Toronto, Library of Parliament, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and Algonquin College.

Presenting on the results of a survey of academic librarians (n=95) who have held precarious work term contracts in Canada, this three minute talk will report, very briefly, on demographic details (including age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, years since graduation), in what postsecondary environments they have been employed precariously (college, university, size of institution), the nature of these contracts (reason, duration), and responses to questions about their experience in these positions, including topics raised in prior literature around training, institutional integration, mentoring, and supervision.

This work is one of collaboration; supported by the Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL-CBUA) Collaborative Research Grant and led by Lindsay McNiff, Learning & Instruction Librarian, Killam Memorial Library, Dalhousie University.