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Partnering with Sheridan

Working with Sheridan

A partnership with Sheridan brings together industry/community partners, students and faculty on undergraduate research, development and innovation activities that help our partners become more productive and competitive.   
Under the leadership of Faculty representatives and technical experts, teams of Sheridan students from a variety of diverse academic programs address the business and technological challenges of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Halton and Peel Regions, and surrounding areas.

Through these innovation partnerships, Sheridan provides the talent, equipment and access to facilities that small and medium-sized organizations often struggle to access in order to solve a key problem. Our Industrial Liaison Manager in the Office of Applied Research and Innovation acts as a main contact point for the client throughout the partnership and provides project management support.


What do Industry and Community Partners Contribute to an Applied Research Collaboration?

We do ask our clients to work as closely with the research team as possible, providing feedback throughout the life of the project. Within the context of funded research, external parties may be asked to contribute in-kind services (e.g. staff time to work with the research team) and/or cash, depending on the grant’s requirements.

Applied research projects can take several forms:
  • Non-funded, curriculum-based ‘capstone’ projects:  teams of upper-year students in a project-based course are matched with industry/community partners and develop solutions to their particular challenges. These research projects are integrated into the curriculum and serve as a core component of the course. Students complete the research work for course credit and are supervised by their course instructor, who also ultimately defines the deliverable.

  • Funded (co-op) projects: Students work full-time over a period of time as part of the project team and receive compensation in the form of salary or wages paid either by the partner or through a research grant.  These projects may serve as co-op work semester. Like the capstone project, a professor supervises students.  While the scope of the project and the deliverables must be negotiated and agreed upon prior to the commencement of the project, unlike the capstone project, the client defines the deliverable.

  • Funded (non co-op) projects: Occasionally, it may be requested that Sheridan students complete work for a third-party outside the confines of regular course work and on a part-time basis. Students are paid an hourly wage for their services.

  • Co-curricular activities: Students can also build their skills by participating in co-curricular research projects. As part of the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) program at Sheridan, CCR projects formally recognize and track student work conducted outside of the classroom (the work does not make up a part of the course grade) and they are driven by learning outcomes. Professors must add specific projects to the Sheridan CCR directory before making the opportunities available to students.  CCR opportunities can be paid or unpaid. For more information, please contact Christina Wiggins, Employment Consultant; Project Lead: Co-Curricular Record at christina.wiggins@sheridancollege.ca.

  • Internships: Many programs at Sheridan include an internship component. Depending on the structure of the program, students can participate in internships during the school term or during a set amount of weeks after class term has ended. Unlike CCR opportunities, their participation in the internship is part of their grade in the course.
    Project Type
    Duration
    Timeframes
    Notification
    Deliverables
    Student Remuneration
     Capstone
     3 – 4 months
    Sept-Dec
    Jan-April
    May-Aug
     4 – 6 weeks prior to launch of project
     Faculty
    Unpaid student project
     Funded (co-op)
     3 – 4 months
    Sept-Dec
    Jan-April
    May-Aug


     4 – 6 weeks prior to launch of project
     Client
    Paid co-op work semester

     Funded (non co-op)  Varies  Varies  4 – 6 weeks prior to launch of project
    Client   Paid 
     Internships  Varies  Sept-Dec
    Jan-April
    May-Aug 
     4 – 6 weeks prior to launch of project
    Client   Paid or unpaid  
    Co-curricular activities  Varies 
    Sept-Dec
    Jan-April
    May-Aug 
     4 – 6 weeks prior to launch of project
    Client or professor   Paid or unpaid  
  • “Sheridan offers a unique combination of resources that small companies would otherwise not have access to, with the breadth of our programs and the professional experience of our faculty combined with both student and faculty resources there are few problems we can’t tackle.” Sheridan College Professor Kevin Forest