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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

The Academic, Creative and Engaged Research Showcase (ACERS) at Laurier Brantford recognizes student and faculty research, showcases creative projects by our students, and provides learning experiences for the general public and for the Laurier community.

The showcase provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to present their work to their peers and community – and potentially win some prizes for it! Students can be nominated by faculty members but they are also welcome to self-nominate.

ACERS Events

Creativity and Engagement Expo

The Creativity and Engagement Expo features presentations of students' creative and engaged projects, including posters, visual arts, multimedia and recorded performances.

Feature Conferences

Every year there is a mini-conference on a hot topic, which provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about and discuss current issues and trends in contemporary society.

Undergraduate Research and Project Showcase

The Undergraduate Research Academic Display Expo showcases some of the best research produced by our undergraduate students via academic posters. Every year we award the top three research projects of the competition.

Showcase Events

ACERS features a variety of events to bring together our community in a discussion and appreciation of research.

Past events have included:

  • Interactive Research Displays
  • Research Apprentice Presentations
  • Faculty Research Rundowns
  • Criminology Student Conference
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Student Conference
  • History Research Colloquium
  • Digital Media and Journalism Research Colloquium
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts Community Speaker Series

Project Competition Winners 2022

View the full 2022 showcase online!

First Place Poster: Exploratory Evaluation of a Tablet-Based Tool to Detect Mild Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults by Wei Pang


First Place Podcast: Supporting the Bisexual Community at Wilfrid Laurier University by Kaylyn Heine and Gracie Markle 


First Place Video: Mitigating Toxic Behaviours in Overwatch by Celine Taillefer


Second Place Overall: SafeSpace by Julia Brookshaw, Marissa McCready, and Kelly Tarr


Third Place Overall: Children's Interpretation of Others' Faces Covered with Medical Masks by Sevval Cinar 


Early Year Researcher Award:Beast of British Columbia by Thomas Heida


Honourable Mentions:

Resources Benefiting Latinas in the Hamilton Area by Denise Fernandez


Door2Door by Samer Hak, Benjamin Hughes, Samuel Robinson, and Nafisa Tasnuva



Mind Numbing Crap: An Activity Book for Youth Experiencing Violence by Megan Barr & Lindsay Dienesch 


Current Intimate Partner Violence Screening Tools Prove Ineffective at Assessing Level of Risk Among Women and Girls with Disabilities by Arlina Clements


Project Competition Winners 2021

View the full showcase of projects online.


Jennifer, Elaheh and Jordan


Gabriela, Shona, Merelle and Sonja


James, Maggie, Tess and Marina

People’s Choice:


Poster Competition Winners 2020

The expo showcased 43 student presenters.

  • First Place: Calvin Silverthorne – The Battle of Antietam: An Examination of Three Perspectives
  • Second Place: Rodina Ghisyawan and Vanita Lad – “Johnny Gets a Vaccine”: A Children’s Comic Book
  • Third Place: Amy Rico – Is Western Opposition to Female Genital Cutting Unjustifiably Biased?

ACERS 2020 Winners

Watch the 2020 Showcase

Poster Competition Winners 2019

 The expo showcased 44 student presenters.

ACERS Showcase Winners
  • First place: Erin McHarge, Legally Bound: Non-Normative Gender and Identification
  • Second place: Megan Blair, Indigenous Activism in Canada, 1969-1982
  • Third place: Anitra Nickel, 1990 Crime Culture and 2018 Foreign Fighter Recruitment in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Watch the 2019 Showcase

Poster Competition Winners 2018

The expo showcased 35 academic posters by 47 students.

ACERS Showcase Winners
  • First Place: Lindsay Walsh, Michelle Bisaillon and Makela Figueiredo, "Windshield Survey: Downtown Galt Ontario"
  • Second Place: Erin McHarge, "Transgenderism During the Rise of Nazi Germany"
  • Third Place: Cassandra Voets, Avril De Silva, Alexa Kovacs, O'Shai Jeffers-Penny and Jonathan Knowles, "Therapeutic Recreation at Landsdowne Children's Centre"

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