You will find below the 2021-2022 available mentors and their projects. Note that there are limited spaces available so admission to the program is not guaranteed.
Deadline to apply: June 25, 2021. Notifications of placements will go out in early August.

RAP2 Application Form

Available Mentors and Project Descriptions

Research Project:

Situated at the crossroads of literature and translation, this project studies translations of the works of Honoré de Balzac, the 19th Century French novelist. The student will assist with documentation research on the translations of Balzac’s work into a language other than English.

Language Preference:

A language other than English or French is required.

Types of Tasks:

Online literature searches (what Balzac works have been translated into other languages; are there any critical reviews of these translations; are the translators of the works known); searching for articles on particular translators and their works; summarizing texts in English or French. Reading texts in a language other than English or French and summarizing them in English or French.

Required Skills:

Ability to read a language other than French or English and summarize texts from that language into French or English.

Love of reading and an interest in languages.

Research Project:

Comparative politics (basically international politics). I compare the political systems of different countries, especially countries in Latin America  (this is the region that I generally focus on). Some of the things I look at are democratic institutions (the presidency, congress, the judiciary), democracy and democratization more generally, political parties, and state institutions. I am specifically very interested in issues of presidential power, and the conditions under which presidents will be able to concentrate power. I am also interested in issues of economic development, state intervention in the economy, and neoliberal reforms.

Language Preference:

English, Spanish would be useful but not required.

Types of Tasks:

Finding sources online and from the library
Analyzing these sources (e.g. creating a literature review, analyzing their strengths/weaknesses, etc)
Analyzing primary sources such as newspaper archives
Gathering/manipulating data (including in Excel)
Providing critical feedback on drafts of article(s) or book chapter(s)

Other Notes:

Political Science major preferred but not required.

Research Project:

“Bilingualisme et apprentissage des langues: Perspectives psycholinguistique et linguistique cliniques” – Development of a French language textbook in Psycholinguistics applied to second language learning.

Language Preferences:

Functionally bilingual (English/French) an asset but not required. English-only is ok.

Types of Tasks:

Gathering  articles online, compiling bibliographies, editing text, arranging page layouts.

Research Project:

Welcome to the wasteland of the Anishinaabe Apocalypse!  Using Feminist Speculative Fabulations, we will be imagining Indigenous Futurities for ways to create virtual access to post secondary Indigenous pedagogy.  We will being with imagining a post apocalyptic present where Anishinaabeg and their Accomplices are entrapped in the necrocpolitics of colonial desire. There has been a mass destruction of Anishinaabe lifeworld and continual fallout for 150 years leading to the death of 98 percent of the populace. But not all is lost: Anishinaabe Remnants and their Accomplices (formerly known as allies) will be building an Anishinaabe Intergalactic Mentoring Station (AIM Station) in the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace. Through the Second Life Platform, we will be salvaging what is left of Anishinaabe lifeworld (language, philosophy, hermeneutics, social practices, governance, legal practices, technologies) to build a new lifeworld out of the fallout—150 years of indelible violence. The AIM station will be a future gathering place for Anishinaabeg to practice Survivance  technologies and Trickster Hermeneutics. Book your Wasteland Vacation today!

Language Preferences:

English and Anishinaabemowin (or willingness to learn some basic phrases).

Types of Tasks:

Wise-practices for Indigenous Futurities in cyberspace, including literation review of existing Second Life educational models, feminist speculative fabulations, and Survivance concepts.
How to build educational platforms on Second Life, including site visits (no experience needed)
Comparative research on post-apocalypse video games such as Fallout3, Fallout4, New Vegas, Fallout76, Horizon Zero Dawn.
Analyzing qualitative data through Traditional Anishinaabe oral technologies.
Creating a dataset based on existing Indigenous community needs assessments
Graphic design (if interested) artistic imaginings of Anishinaabe Survivance in the post-apocalypse

Other Notes:

Creativity and willingness to work through Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) worldview either as a citizen (through lineage, not status) of an Indigenous Nation (preferred) or as an accomplice.
Please check out the instructor’s website before applying: http://jiimaan.weebly.com.

Research Project:

L’Analyse numérique est un domaine des mathématiques qui permet d’approcher une solution d’un problème modélisant une situation réelle. Le but du projet est d’initier l’étudiant à découvrir ce domaine et sa connexion avec les applications dans un domaine qui est proche de ses intérêts (biologie, économie, psychologie, etc).

Language Preferences:

English or French

Types of Tasks:

Une recherche d’un problème à modéliser de son domaine de préférence , en tenant compte des outils d’analyses adaptés.
Résumer les outils mathématiques nécessaires à l’étude du point de vue théorique.
Appliquer une ou plusieurs méthodes numériques au problème en question.
Implémenter ces méthodes sur un logiciel.
Faire une analyse global du travail.

Other Notes:

Une étudiante ou étudiant qui aura fait au moins Calculus 1 (Math1930) a des méthodes numériques et modélisations de problèmes.

Research Project:

The implementation of international human rights in several countries as concerns women’s rights, children’s rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, and specific rights, such as the right to education, the right to health, the right to housing, protection against violence, freedom of expression and right to privacy.

Language Preferences:

English or French

Types of Tasks:

Literature searches, Literature review, Research at the York library and online, including on United Nations websites, Logistics for conferences or lectures, Dissemination of research results in social media.

Other Notes:

International Studies major preferred but not required.

Research Project:

There are two, related projects which are both feminist interview series, one for the peer-reviewed journal Studies in Political Economy and the other the Feminisms in Focus series for the Organized Research Unit, the Centre for Feminist Research. The first interviews are article-length, subject to peer review, and feature key feminists in the area of political economy. The second interviews are from 900-3000 words maximum and include both young, cutting edge feminist researchers and more established researchers who are asociated with the CFR.

Language Preferences:

English or French

Types of Tasks:

Transcribing interviews, preparing bibliographies, possibly conducting short interviews for the Feminisms in Focus series.

Research Project:

The project will entail finalizing the collection and analysis of historical data in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Specifically, I will be comparing historical homicide rate trajectories in Canada and the United States in order to identify factors that caused the rates in the two countries to diverge. I will be examining the influence of socioeconomic and political cultural variables in accounting for the difference in homicide rates in the two countries in order to better understand why murder is more prevalent in some societies than in others. Using court archives, coroners’ reports, censuses, newspapers, and various secondary sources, I have collected homicide data for Ontario, Nova Scotia and comparable American regions. The project has compiled the first continuous (or near-continuous), long-term historical trend in homicide rates for the provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia, beginning in the latter half of the 18th Century until the present.

Language Preferences:

English

Types of Tasks:

Collecting data to compare homicide rates and related demographic information of US states and Canadian provinces. The project will involve collecting data of homicides, including “historical” data that go back several decades, and entering the data into a central data repository (likely Excel or potentially STATA or SPSS – I would provide training for the latter).
The data will be primarily in English, with the potential exception of the Quebec data.

Required Skills:

Comfortable working with data in Excel spreadsheets.

Research Project:

The central aim of this project is to develop a liberal-egalitarian defence of compulsory relationships education and to identify its proper aims. The basic idea I shall investigate is that the distribution of opportunities to form and maintain meaningful intimate relationships at all stages of life is a fundamental concern of justice. The project is divided into two parts. In the first, I aim to defend the view that the liberal state has a basic obligation of justice to facilitate (a) just intimate relationships among individuals, and, more controversially, (b) a fair (and more equal) distribution of opportunities to access such relationships across different individuals and groups in society. In the second part, I plan to argue that one of the best, morally acceptable, ways for the state to satisfy those duties is by implementing relationships education programs and policies designed to (1) develop citizens’ ability and disposition to form and maintain just intimate relationships over the course of their lives, and (2) address key social barriers to a fair distribution of opportunities to access those relationships. More concretely, I anticipate that my account will support and justify the political legitimacy of a critical agenda for relationships education – focused on discussing/challenging a range of prevalent social norms and myths (e.g. about romance, friendship, beauty, and marriage) which contribute to the perpetuation of (unjust) relational and distributive inequality in the sphere of human intimacy.

Language Preferences:

English-only is fine.

Types of Tasks:

Literature review, bibliographic assistance, text editing.

Other Notes:

Philosophy major preferred but not required.

Research Project:

Spanish occupies a vast linguistic space in the Americas, and, for some time now, it has also found its space within the Canadian language landscape. According to Statistics Canada, Spanish is one of five so-called local foreign languages widely spoken in the country. But, unlike the other four, this language has an important local history that dates XVI century. This project will develop the very first textbook written in French for students in Spanish linguistics at French-Canadian universities. Given the variety of tasks that the research apprentice will be called to accomplish, the professor will provide a personalized training for each new task. For instance, the research apprentice will be trained in how to use the library OMNI system, LLBA database, and will be also taught how to write summaries and reports for consulted works. Additionally, s/he will be also introduced to the advanced functionalities of Word, useful for writing of a book.

Language Preferences:

(1) Fluent in English and French (2) Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.

Types of Tasks:

The student will undertake a bibliographic research done on Spanish linguistics in French, consult most recent publications on the subject and prepare reader summaries for further consultation of those publications, transcribe texts from oral sources, collaborate in the creation of tables, figures and the index of the book, provide student’s appreciation of the practical activities that will be included in the textbook, and other tasks.

Required Skills:

Some knowledge of linguistics; experience with Word.

Other Notes:

Linguistics, French Studies, or Hispanic Studies majors preferred.

Research Project:

Various projects are as follows. One continues to focus on the model-minority stereotype that is associated with Asian Canadians. Open-ended responses about perceptions of Asian Canadians would be coded in terms of the positive attributes (e.g., hard working, intelligent) and negative attributes (e.g., nerdy, sticking together) that are associated with this stereotype. A second project on food preferences and the idea of comfort food. These preferences and perceptions will be examined in relation to cultural identities. Finally, a third project deals with coding interview transcripts with social psychologists who reflect on the study of inter-group relations in Canada.

Language Preferences:

English-only is fine.

Types of Tasks:

The primary task will be to code open ended responses that have been collected in surveys. The student would be guided by myself as well as a team of graduate students who are working on these various projects.

Other Notes:

Psychology Major preferred but not required.

Research Project:

Border Probes is a multidisciplinary project seeking to document the experiences of individuals crossing the US-Canadian border in order to uncover the forms of data created during border crossing and circulated thereafter. We engage in online recruitment and community-based of participants, use online survey research and aim to conduct roughly 300 interviews in numerous languages. Additional parts of the project make use of public documents and access-to-information requests in order to gain further insight into the functioning of the border.

Language Preferences:

Functionally bilingual (English/French) ideal, other languages an asset.

Types of Tasks:

Tasks could include: translation of texts and content, coding for content analysis, transcription of interviews, interview logistics, social media promotion.

Research Project:

The aim of this position is to assist professor Maas with a variety of research projects relating to citizenship and migration in Europe, Canada, and in terms of theory. One specific project is described at https://whole-comm.eu/ (professor Maas is the Canadian partner in this 12-institution consortium) on the integration of migrants in small and medium-sized towns and rural areas. Other projects involve theoretical and conceptual research on citizenship and migration.

Language Preferences:

English. Dutch (or another west European language is a bonus.

Types of Tasks:

The main tasks include literature search and bibliographic compilation, understanding the difference between primary and secondary sources, honing research in archival research (electronic only; no travel required), consultation of census and other demographic databases, summarizing government documents, and working with a variety of library resources.

Required Skills:

Detail-oriented. Accurate. Willing to learn.

Other Notes:

Political Science major preferred but not required

Research Project:

Help with a book about digital research methods for translation studies. I would like help with locating examples of relevant projects, cleaning datasets for examples that could be incorporated into the book, and finding relevant sources to consult.

Language Preferences:

English or French, additional languages are a bonus.

Types of Tasks:

Searching through the websites of one or more municipalities (e.g. Toronto.ca, vancouver.ca) to identify documents and pages that are available in languages other than English.

Required Skills:

Good computer and internet searching skills; knowledge of MS Excel.

Research Project:

Sugar and Power in the Brazilian Countryside, 1889-1965: investigating how different regions’ approach to sugar production led to different economic, social and racial relations.

Language Preferences:

Portuguese required.

Types of Tasks:

Translate/type up/summarize: cane farmer association meeting minutes, photographed 1931s and 40s magazines collected from various libraries, notes from Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Sugar and Alcohol archives; Identify and download useful archives.

Research Project:

This study will explore the gendered impacts of covid-19 policies on African immigrants in Toronto and Edmonton – cities located in two of the four African immigrants’ popular destination provinces.  (Statistics Canada 2016). The study poses the following questions: 

  1. How does gender mediate the challenges that covid-19 measures pose to African men and women at the family and community levels?
  2. How does gender mediate how African immigrant men and women navigate these challenges at the family and community levels?
  3. In what ways can challenges be addressed to improve existing and future policies and practices?
Language Preferences:

Bilingual (English/French) preferred but not required.

Types of Tasks:
  1. Transcription of individuals interviews and of focus group.
  2. Literature search and review
  3. Website updating
Research Project:

Asian International Students to Canadian Universities: Examining the Racialization of Chinese, Indian and Korean Students in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg 
With the launch of Canada’s International Education Strategy by the federal government in 2014 to provide a more systematic approach to recruiting and retaining international students, a broader examination of the challenges faced by these students, matching the national scope of such strategy, is required. We focus on the racialization encountered by these students, as a process that remains unspoken, unacknowledged and under-explored, to counter the silence found at the state and institutional level about racialization and its consequences for international students. When the problem of racialization is obscured, international students are more vulnerable to encounters they do not understand, or of which they are unaware, limiting not only the quality of their academic and social integration but also limiting their desire and conscious decisions to contribute to Canadian society. The main objective of this research project is to shed light on the experiences of international students as migrants to specific communities, beyond their academic affiliation, by using the ways in which racialization affects them on and off-campus, and has repercussions on their migratory experiences and trajectories as a whole.

Language Preferences:

English-only is sufficient, French is a bonus.

Types of Tasks:

Transcription and if possible, translation of research material (English-French), logistical support for organizing interviews with research participants at the five universities in the study, logistical support of publication of research results.

Research Project:

Choice of two projects.

Project 1: This project is the keeping alive of an international scholarly quarterly journal, Journal of Income Distribution (JID).  The editorial office of the Journal is located at Glendon College, Editor in Chief, Professor Hamouda in Economics, and its all-volunteer editorial team calls therefore Glendon its base.  The Journal has existed since the 1980s.  It presents to its international readership both a print and an online version of each issue.  The website of the JID is to be found at the following URL: www.jid-online.org.  

Project 2: This project focuses on Food Waste.  It will be in its first phase in 2021, its second, in 2022.   The project intends to train students as food ambassadors to interact with “families” and restaurants to sensitize them to food waste.  Students will learn about vegetable gardening at Glendon, partner with a “family” to establish a garden off-campus or a restaurant to observe food practices, sort Green Bin plant food waste and collect data on the “family”’s or restaurant food waste habits.  Part of the project is also to host a Fall harvest conference each year to celebrate the gardening / culinary achievements and the reduction of plant-based food waste.  Glendon will be the site of the project’s gardening and conference meeting as well as the locus of the sorting and data crunching aspects of the project.

Language Preferences:

Functionally bilingual (English and French), additional languages are a bonus.

Types of Tasks:

Project 1: Editing manuscripts of articles to be published in Journal of Income Distribution, using the Tex-RichText-PdF software interface of Overleaf; applying the Journal’s style sheet; verifying sources used in article references.

Project 2: Preparing ethics releases for all parties concerned, distilling “data” from student and household/restaurant journals, recording and collecting data from food waste sorting, organising conferences to disseminate research findings, etc. 

Required Skills:

Project 1: The job would suit a student whose English is excellent and for whom English grammar and style are of interest; it would also suit a student interested in publishing, whether as a writer of publishable texts (hence a would-be scholarly author or journalist) or as a publisher.  It could also from the side of the subject matter of the Journal’s article interest an economics or political science student interested in topics of income distribution.  A side project of a tech-savy student could be to improve the JID website.

Project 2: Skills in Data collection and processing, Public relations skills.

Research Project:

Le département de psychologie vise à collecter des données sur sa population étudiante afin de mieux la connaître et s’y adapter, de bien comprendre l’attrait et les limites des exigences bilingues, et de mettre au point un site web dans lequel les accomplissements de nos étudiants seront illustrés. Pour ce faire, nous devons mettre au point des questionnaires et certaines infrastructures sur le web afin de récolter annuellement des données démographiques sur la population étudiante en psychologie au collège Glendon.

Language Preferences:

Functionally bilingual (English and French).

Types of Tasks:

L’encadrement d’un étudiant pour aider à lancer cette initiative serait grandement bénéfique pour tous. L’étudiant devra aider à valider les questionnaires. Il s’impliquera dans la saisie de données et compilation de corpus, dans le codate et analyses des données, et dans la diffusion des résultats sur le web. 

Other Notes:

Psychology major

Research Project:

As the pandemic unfolded, financial markets remained stable. Despite the immediate economic downturn resulting from lockdown and other sanitary containment measures, the financial system held firm which is in stark contrast to what happened during the 2007-2008 global financial crisis. The financial system could have collapsed, but it did not. How did the financial system remain resilient in the face of the pandemic? What changed from the global financial crisis to the pandemic? How do governments’ responses compare in the global financial crisis and the pandemic? The current resiliency can be attributed to the policy reforms that were adopted internationally and domestically in-between major events. What did these reforms entail, and do these reforms provide a complete explanation for the current performance of the sector? This research will argue that the reforms were marginal, and that despite the current success, there remains substantive gaps in the supervision and regulation of the financial services sector. In the post-pandemic world, further reforms are needed to better contain the risks associated with the activities of the financial services sector. This research will assist in the development of a course for Living and Learning in Retirement on post-pandemic finance.

Language Preferences:

French or English 

Types of Tasks:

Literature search, internet research

Other Notes:

Political Science, International Studies, or Economics major or interest in finance policy.

Research Project:

Ce mentorat s’inscrit dans une aventure ambitieuse et importante : celle de construire un manuel d’introduction à la sociologie ! Ce manuel aura 2 grandes particularités innovantes et importantes pour les étudiant.e.s de la discipline, et pour les sciences sociales en général : 1. Il s’agira d’un manuel en français (rares sont les manuels d’introduction à la sociologie en français !) 2. Le manuel aura pour objectif de présenter aux étudiant.e.s les courants théoriques et les méthodologies, les études et les chercheur.es qui ouvrent la discipline à une pensée décoloniale, s’écartant de perspectives et démarches traditionnellement eurocentriques. Le manuel offrira donc la possibilité aux lecteurs et lectrices, étudiant.e.s en sociologie et en sciences sociales plus généralement, d’acquérir des bases solides dans la discipline, ancrées dans des approches critiques et des voix et des histoires absentes des grands ‘canons’ sociologique.

Language Preferences:

Bilingual (English and French).

Types of Tasks:

L’étudiant.e exercera les taches suivantes : 1. Répertorier les manuels d’introduction à la sociologie actuellement à la disposition des étudiant.e.s de 1ere et 2eme année au Canada (anglais et français) ; 2. Faire une fiche détaillée des contenus de ces manuels. 3. Répertorier les manuels d’introduction a la sociologie disponibles en français, et publiés dans les 10 dernières années ; 3. Bibliographies détaillées de travaux phares de la sociologie francophone a partir de la théorie critique raciale, d’approches intersectionnelles, du ‘Black Feminism’ au cours de la dernière décennie ; 4. La sociologie des francophonies : qui sont les grand.e.s sociologues francophones du Sud global ? Fiches biographiques de 10 sociologues.

Other Notes:

Sociology Major preferred.

Research Project:

This mentorship opportunity is designed to offer a unique access into how work gets done in higher education. Course syllabi do not fall from the sky, academic papers are not solely produced by genius scholars, and conference talks sometimes require as much research as they require diplomatic skills. Depending on what will be on the schedule, students can expect to dive into everything that happens in the background, so something like a “university” can take place.

Language Preferences:

Bilingual (French/English) preferred but not required.

Types of Tasks:

 A wide array of challenges, from designing posters for course syllabi to managing an email lists for promotional purposes. The students could be involved in building a schedule for a mid-size international conference or setting up the digital infrastructure such an event requires (social media and official website, for example). Articles could be brainstormed, abstract drafted, and grant proposals carefully crafted. Ideally, the students would be eager to acquire a variety of organizational and creative skills which will later be transferable to the job market.

Required Skills:

The student should be motivated, highly organized and autonomous. Knowledge of digital media (computer skills, social media, WordPress maintenance) and excellent writing skills are strong assets.

Other Notes:

Communications major, and/or students seriously considering graduate studies in the future.

Research Project:

(re)Cycling the Self and the City: This research project centers on the study of community narratives of urban cycling in Mexico as an insight into emerging forms of citizenship, advocacy, resistance, self affirmation, and the spaces they produce throughout the country. An important component of the project is the creation of an online archive of community narratives and storytelling practices (life stories, guided autobiographies, urban chronicles, photo essays, etc.) which will serve as a primary source.

Language Preferences:

English required, intermediate knowledge of Spanish an asset.

Types of Tasks:

The Research Apprentice will be working directly with the online archive in its English version. Some of his/her tasks may include:

  • Transcription of interviews
  • Dissemination of research results in social media
  • Data entry or corpus compilation
  • Literature searches
  • Draft translation of primary sources
  • Coding for content analysis
Required Skills:

Knowledge of WordPress an asset.

Other Notes:

Preferred majors: Communications, Spanish, Translation, English, Sociology.

Research Project:

L’étudiant.e sera formé.e à l’analyse des sentiments et l’analyse linguistique de discours collectés sur la plateforme Twitter chez les membres de la communauté en éducation du français langue seconde au Canada.

Il/elle sera formé.e aux outils numériques permettant de collecter les discours sur twitter, les classer selon des grilles spécifiques qui catégorisent les attitudes et sentiments des auteurs de tweets. Il/elle participera aux réflections critiques lors des analyses des discourse en vue de publications et communication des résultats de la recherche sous forme de rapports de recherche, wébinaires et ateliers de formation sur l’analyse de sentiments et linguistiques sur les médias sociaux.

Language Preferences:
  • Bilingue : préférence
  • Connaissance passive du français (compréhension écrite) : souhaité
  • Connaissance de l’anglais et autre deuxième langue : souhaité
  • Excellente communication écrite en anglais
Types of Tasks:
  • Collecte de discours/phrases sur twitter
  • Organisation et catégorisation de discours selon une grille sur les sentiments des informants
  • Réflection critique sur les analyses de sentiments et linguistiques opérées sur les discours sélectionnés
Required Skills:
  • Connaissance de Excel ou tableur pour base de données
  • Connaissance de power point ou autre outil de présentation
  • Connaisance en linguistique (fondements: morphologie, syntaxe, sémantique) : un atout  
Other Notes:

Étudiant/e en Études françaises, Linguistique, Traduction ou Communication