Contests offering growing opportunity for scholars to spread their research

November 11, 2016

Contests that give academics a chance to showcase their research are growing in popularity, writes Suzanne Bowness, and both institutions and granting organizations are showing interest. Bowness highlights several examples of how these competitions have emerged at least in part from a growing demand for academics to make their research more accessible to the public. “It helps the public become active stakeholders in the research,” says Kirk Luther, a Memorial University PhD candidate in forensic psychology. “Rather than being published in an academic journal and sitting on a shelf getting dusty, people can access this research in a much more user-friendly manner.” Bowness notes, however, that many academics are still skeptical of the trend, arguing that it waters down the role of true university research. University Affairs