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Many people don’t realize that a primarily undergraduate, liberal education institution like Bishop’s can include a vibrant and thriving research component in its mandate. Bishop’s, however, is proof that one can. Our Research Office, under the direction of the Vice-Principal Academic, supports a wide range of scientific, scholarly, and creative research activities conducted by the faculty and students of the university.

BU Research Portal

Research Portal User Guide.

Video Tutorial: Submitting an application in the Research Portal
Video tutorial on submitting an application via the Research Portal

A Message from the Vice-Principal Academic

Bishop’s is a liberal arts, mainly undergraduate postsecondary institution. But it is also a place where research and creative activity at all levels are encouraged and fostered. Over 50% of our research personnel are undergraduate students, who have the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience, be it in labs, in archives, or in the field. Our professors are also researchers and artistic scholars who make significant contributions to their field of expertise and who engage in knowledge mobilization activities so that the advancements made in research and creative endeavours may be communicated directly to the users for whom the research findings are intended. We invite you to consult the Research Spotlights section of this web page to learn more about some of our research success stories, undergraduate and graduate student researchers and community outreach activities.

Read on to discover more about research at Bishop’s!

Miles Turnbull, Ph.D.
Vice-Principal Academic, Responsible for Research

Miles Turnbull, Ph.D. Vice-Principal Academic

"Our researchers have once again demonstrated that small universities can provide significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge, and Bishop’s is committed to providing them with the support and resources to allow them to pursue this important work."

Research Spotlights

Supporting Graduate Studies at BU Thanks to the RESEARCH SUPPORT FUND

The Research Support Fund of the Government of Canada is a program that provides funds to cover a portion of the costs associated with managing the research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Research Support … Continue reading Supporting Graduate Studies at BU Thanks to the RESEARCH SUPPORT FUND


Undergraduate Students of Sociology Publish Their Research on Canadian Criminal Justice

Students of the Honours: Special Topics (SOC 402) course, led by Dr. Vicki Chartrand of the Department of Sociology, published or co-published research papers in the Canadian Criminal Justice Association’s Justice Report. The CCJA is an independent national voluntary organization working for an improved criminal justice system and Canada, aims to promote rational, informed and … Continue reading Undergraduate Students of Sociology Publish Their Research on Canadian Criminal Justice


New Publication by Dr. Courtney Plante

Dr. Courtney Plante, recently hired Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, has co-authored a new monograph: Meet the Bronies: The Psychology of the Adult My Little Pony Fandom (McFarland Books, 2019). In 2010, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic premiered on television. A large, avid fandom soon emerged—not the pre-teen female demographic earlier versions of the … Continue reading New Publication by Dr. Courtney Plante


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Dr. Jade Savage's research on ticks