Applied Student Research in Action

Carleton Campus Food Strategy Group Coordinator and two excited students showing off their paper on Campus Gardens!
Carleton Campus Food Strategy Group Coordinator and two excited students showing off their paper on Campus Gardens!

Applied Student Research (ASR) is emerging on campuses across North America.  At the CFSP, we’re seeing how ASR enables a campus to leverage its own academic resources to tackle the tough questions of how to improve campus food services and regional food systems.

Sarah Archibald recently had the opportunity to participate in a 4th year Geography Class at Carleton which has been working with the Carleton CFSG Coordinators to integrate ASR into their studies.

Sarah was so excited to see the projects going on including

  • A survey of the campus community’s food preferences
  • Working with local organizations and producers to provide the administration with a list of local suppliers to include in food procurement
  • Researching best practices at Campuses in North America for Edible Landscaping

Students involved with ASR also commented on their experiences:

“This Applied Student Research project in class was a nice break from pure academia and an opportunity to make connections with the campus community and great community as well.”

“The final project [in this class] provided me with the opportunity to try and better Carleton campuses food system. Integrating beliefs I am passionate about within the school’s food system is meaningful.”

We’ll be sure to post the final projects and research findings from this course!

A special thanks to Professor Ballamingie, her students and the CFSG Campus Coordinators, Christopher Yordy and Wesley Petite.


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