Position Type:

  • Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award- summer research

Position Title:

Research Assistant/Summer Researcher


BRG 215


Andrew Maxwell



Contact for Professor (Email, phone):


# of positions, available:


Project Description:

Three Related Innovation and Creativity Research Projects

Identifying participants needs, developing required resources and implementing 3 pilot programs in innovation and creativity

BEST’s mandate is transform the STEM educational experience at Lassonde, and use our innovative activities in this area to attract students to York. We have piloted the bootcamp with a small cohort of CWSF finalists and incoming Lassonde students, and the online eCampus course with a limited number of York region students. Based on the feedback from our pilot programs and our partner organizations, in the Summer of 2018, we plan to expand these programs, in partnership with YSC, SHAD, and other universities across Canada and the US, to scale up our impact across the country, expanding beyond our traditional mandate.

Offering Innovation and Creativity Course, STEM Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (YSC-BEST/Lassonde) and SHAD-Lassonde Program, in conjunction with YSC and SHAD on a national basis will assist high-school teachers to better engage with their students who are interested in participating in science fairs and entrepreneurial activities. In turn, this will encourage high school students to participate in Science fairs, and to pursue their STEM interest by furthering their education in science and engineering at university or college.

Funding for these activities so far has been provided through BEST and AIF, with funding requests submitted to NSERC PromoScience and Ontario’s Skills Catalyst Fund. 

Duties and Responsibilities of  the student: 

1.    Helping to identify innovation and creativity and entrepreneurship skills gaps in our students and partners

2.    Seeking out the related material (papers, videos, articles and choose the most appropriate material

3.    Providing the material and resources (Innovation and creativity, applying tech-entrepreneur framework, deliver a professional business pitch, technology adoption process, critical factors in success of a new venture, etc.)

4.    Summarizing the material for the course website (as well as provide links to original content)

5.    Creating original material based on the research under the guidance from Prof. Maxwell or other entrepreneurship faculties at York and elsewhere.

6.    Identifying the innovative ways to introduce tech-Entrepreneurship to high school students

7.    Searching recent tools and frameworks for creative problem finding and problem solving and identifying how to deploy them

8.    Designing in-class and experiential learning activities

9.    Designing projects and processes for Hackathons

Skills and Qualifications:

(Technical Skills)

Understand the basics of technology entrepreneurship (or at least be willing to learn them).

Some knowledge of graphics and how to build engaging web content would be an asset.

(Interpersonal Skills)

Ability to engage with practitioners and scholars and record their insights into technology entrepreneurship.

Able to assimilate new knowledge quickly. Excellent   writing and presentation skills.


Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:





16 weeks minimum

Start Date:

05/01/2018 (estimated)

End Date:

08/31/2018 (estimated)


If you are interested in this research project, please contact Dr. Andrew Maxwell at bestmax@yorku.ca.