STUDY IN ACTION
Study in Action is an undergraduate conference designed to link students and community activism. The conference is a space for undergraduate students to present research, develop greater knowledge of social and environmental issues and build ties with community organizations. Organized by a collective of students through QPIRG Concordia, QPIRG McGill and QPIRG UQÀM, this academic year’s conference is planned for March 22 – 23, 2014.
We seek to foster ties between undergraduate students and the broader Montreal community in order to strengthen the spirit of social and environmental justice, promote undergraduate research, and emphasize links between the two.
Our vision is to provide an opportunity for students and people outside the academic community to come together to work on and discuss approaches to social justice, while creating a forum to highlight undergraduate research. The conference is a forum for students to engage in and present meaningful academic work that will benefit their communities as well as their academic experience and careers. Panel presentations showcasing undergraduate research provide students with the opportunity to present and develop their university work and direct its application to community issues.
With a hope of energizing both communities in question, the conference also seeks to create concrete links between grassroots organizations and undergraduate work by providing research and volunteer bases for community organizations to call on. One such link that developed from the 2008 conference is the Community-University Research Exchange (CURE), which is a database where students can integrate their academic research with the research needs of local movements and community organizations.