Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) recognized its culture of creative activity and research by hosting the third annual Research Showcase on March 13. 

This year, the showcase featured 53 poster displays and presentations about diverse subjects, and two concurrent sessions, which included topics in science, technology, humanities and the skilled trades. 

Many projects involved collaboration between students, faculty and partners. 

“The Research Showcase demonstrated the innovative research that is initiated by students, faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines across our institution, providing significant impact for learners, RDP and communities across Alberta,” Lindsay Engel, Vice President, Academic and Student Experience said. “As a polytechnic institution, we are committed to growing our scholarly and applied research capacity to solve real-world challenges.” 

Dr. Anomi Bearden, RDP Psychology instructor, was the keynote speaker. She shared her research about how applying social and positive psychology promotes well-being. Dr. Bearden also spoke about the benefits of collaborative applied research for a range of partners, which includes promoting work integrated learning and future opportunities for students. 

“RDP's Research Showcase is invaluable to students, providing opportunities to explore many paths of academia. It allows students to enhance their communication skills as they present their findings to an engaged audience,” Amanda Brouwer, Vice President Academic, Students’ Association of RDP said. “The Research Showcase also provides opportunities to network with other researchers and professionals, which can lead to future collaborations or job opportunities. A showcase like this will help students to stand out in their academic and professional careers.”