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Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.

Research Support Teams / Services

Grant Writing Support

Social Sciences Faculty Research Guides

The research support team in the Faculty of Social Sciences is working to foster a research culture of collaboration and community engagement, increase awareness, co-creation, and use of Social Sciences research both within and beyond McMaster, increase faculty success at securing funding for research.

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James Gillett

(Health, Aging & Society), B.A. Hons. (Calgary), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)

Associate Dean, Grad Studies and Research, of Faculty of Social Sciences | Associate Professor

James provides leadership and coordination of the research support team. He is well-known for his research on human animal relationships; sport, leisure and recreation; mental health and well-being; media and communications; perspectives on living with health and illness across the life course; and inquiry as an approach to education and learning.

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Cynthia Belaskie

Research Support Facilitator

Cynthia works with Social Sciences researchers to move knowledge between university and community and to support grant development. Cynthia works to facilitate connections between researchers, community or industry partners, and to relevant McMaster offices (including ROADS, office of VP research, MILO). She can also assist researchers with proposal development by facilitating communication with partners and assisting with project and budget planning, providing tools and early-stage writing support to help researchers draft proposals and knowledge mobilization plans, assisting with revisions based on feedback from the ROADS Senior Advisor.

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Christine Hollins

Research Administration Analyst

With experience in preparing applications for a range of grants and awards (SSHRC, CIHR, IDRC, HEQCO, MITACS, OHTN, LACREG, Killam), Chris can: manage the online grant application process (particularly for institutional and partnership grants); assist with preparation of academic curriculum vitae for various applications; and, assist with preparation of budget and budget justifications.