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Student training

At the Social Research Centre (SRC), we are committed to helping train the next generation of social science researchers. Our student workers receive practical, hands-on experience in all aspects of applied social science research, including study and questionnaire design, data collection, analysis and presentation. 

The SRC relies heavily on our students and as such we feel it is important to highlight each of them. If you would like to learn more about our team, please scroll through the tabs below.

Petrina Mattison - Community Engagement Officer

Petrina Mattison - Community Engagement Officer

Petrina Mattison is an undergraduate student in the Political Science program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a minor in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

She is a natural leader and a member of the Caribbean Jamaica Clubs of Oshawa. So far, she has been involved with projects such as the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Committee of Oshawa, as well as her current role as the Community Engagement Officer at the SRC through the UniversityWorks program.

In 2003, she received her diploma in Nursing from Durham College and began working in one of the busiest emergency departments in Toronto until recently when she decided to enrol at UOIT to further her engagement with the Durham Region community. Her experience as a nurse helped cultivate her tenacious attitude, outgoing personality and a love for engaging people and her community.

Petrina has found her passion here at the university where she will complete her Political Science degree while pursuing her goals to become a Policy Advisor. Under the direction of Matthew Stein, Petrina is well on her way to accomplishing her goals.

Brendan Nolan - Student Volunteer

Brendan Nolan - Student Volunteer

Brendan Nolan is an undergraduate student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communications. He is interested in Canadian federal politics and how these policies affect citizens on a macro level. Research with the SRC will help him develop his understanding of how politics affects people on the local level. He is also interested in dealing with municipal politics as well as the development and sustainability of Durham Region. In assisting with regional research, his goal is to help better the community, while developing his own skills along the way.

Domenic Johnson Mele - Student Volunteer

Domenic Johnson Mele

Domenic Johnson-Mele is an undergraduate student majoring in Criminology and Justice, and minoring in Political Science. Domenic is interested in the way laws and local policies are created; he may pursue a career in law enforcement. His interest in the SRC came from the opportunity to learn about how statistics are read and how proper research methods are carried out on a professional level, all of which will help during his academic career and beyond. Outside of the university, Domenic is a competitive martial artist and theatre performer, enjoying the creativity and expression coming from these activities.

Ryan LePage - Graduate Research Assistant

Ryan LePage

Ryan LePage is a 24-year old Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology from UOIT. His MA focuses on the intricacies of intimate partner violence (IPV), and more specifically, on male perpetrators of IPV. He holds a level of institutional connection, as he first came to the university campus in Fall 2011. Since then has been involved on campus in a number of ways, including working as an undergraduate researcher for Social Science and Humanities faculty members and being part of the faculty student society. He was also President of the Student Association in 2014-2015. It was during his experience as President when desire to be involved within the broader community really expanded. 

In joining the SRC, Ryan hopes to expand his research skills while learning and receiving mentorship from the SRC Director, Matthew Stein. He expects to see the SRC grow with regards to community involvement, as the SRC can provide a bridge between the university and the broader Durham Region community. Involving students in the SRC's work brings forth opportunities for students to grow both professionally and personally, while still allowing room to learn about and engage with qualitative and quantitative research processes. For those who cannot conduct research themselves, the SRC provides both the space and opportunity to bring that research to life.

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