Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement


Quick Start is now closed for 2019. 

The Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement offers up to $2500 in support for public engagement projects involving new university-community collaborations, such as preliminary meetings, events and service learning projects. 

The objectives of the Quick Start Fund are to:

  1. support faculty, staff and students at Memorial in activities that foster public engagement and collaboration;
  2. further the goals and objectives of the Public Engagement Framework; and
  3. further the mission of Memorial University and help it meet its special obligation to the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Please review the fund guide, apply here and if you have any questions, contact us.

Please note: There is no firm deadline for applications. Applications may be submitted at any time from February 1 until the fund is exhausted. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.

To complete the project report for your awarded Quick Start project, login here.

Past Quick Start Fund recipents: 


Quick Start Fund Recipients 2018

July 2018

    • Collabroative Piano Partnership Progrm Ian Sutherland, School of Music
    • Zero Waste in NL: Challenges and Opportunities Toby Rowe, Facilities Management
    • The Development of Heritgage Policy and Law in Nunatsiavut Jamie Brake, Humanities and Social Sciences

      • June 2018

      • Creating an inclusive and supportive work environment for newcomer racialized women in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL): Facilitating dialogue among newcomers and community members.$nbsp;Delores V. Mullings, Social Work

            • May 2018

        • Sweet Change Bakery Kristian Butt, Education, Music
        • 70's Hits Liszt Sylvie Proulx, School of Music
        • Chemistry Outreach to Nunatukavut Schools> Geoff Rayner-Canham, Science, Grenfell Campus
        • Launching a "Local Expertise Network" a non-profit crowdsourced speaker bureau> Ryan Murphy, Student Life

        • April 2018
          • Green Cafe Corner Brook -  Roza Tchoukaleyska,Science and Environment, Grenfell
          • Experiential Learning Pilot Program for International Students at the Faculty of Business Ying Zhang, Faculty of Administratjion
          • The Lullaby Project: Correctional Centre for Women, Clarenville, NL.  David Buley, Music Education

        March 2018

                  • Pint of Science Festival - Rudiger Brecht, Faculty of Science
                  • Establishing Contacts in New York for a New Literary Festival. Stephanie McKenzie,School of Arts and Social Sciences
                  • Current Controversies in Infant Feeding: Public Perspectives . Leigh Anne Newhook, Faculty of Medicine
                  • After Fieldwork: Continuing Community Archaeology at Saint-Pierre et Miquelon .Meghann Livingston, Human and Social Science, Archaeology
                  • Sense of Community Builds Our Neighbourhoods – A Happy City St. John’s and Memorial Partnership Justin Dearing, Harris Centre

                  • Quick Start Fund Recipients 2017 

                    April 2017

                    • World Oceans Day – Our Oceans, Our Future. Danielle Nichols, Marine Institute
                    • Giant Floor Map of Newfoundland and Labrador. Trevor Bell, Department of Geography
                    • A Youth-Friendly Clinic to Improve Access to Health Care. Lisa Bishop, Faculty of Medicine, School of Pharmacy
                    • Engaging partners in a project to embed the patient/carer experience in interprofessional education at Memorial. Adam Reid, Faculty of Medicine.
                    • Promoting Mental Health and Well-being during Pregnancy and Early Childhood. Martha Traverso-Yepez, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Etuaptmumk: Two-Eyed Seeing in Campus Community Collaboration. Charlene Connors, GO Engagement
                    • Coding Outreach. Robert Gallant, School of Science and the Environment (Grenfell Campus)
                    • Conservation GIS Symposium & Workshop - fostering connections. Yolanda Wiersma, Faculty of Science
                    • Fostering Experiential Learning through Applied Course Work in Geography and Environmental Studies. Stephen Decker, School of Arts and Social Science (Grenfell Campus)
                    • Addressing Islamophobia in Newfoundland and Labrador: Community Consultations. Sobia Shaheen Shaikh, School of Social Work
                    • Collaborating for Arts Innovation at Memorial. Ian Sutherland, School of Music
                    • Inaugural Grenfell Visual Arts Student Gallery in downtown Corner Brook, NL. Mark Losier, School of Fine Arts (Grenfell Campus)
                    • Narrative and Place in Bay Roberts: Preliminary Outreach and Research. Jillian Gould, Faculty of Science & Department of Folklore
                    • Grenfell Amateur Astronomy Society Kick Off. Steven Day, School of Science and the Environment (Grenfell Campus)

                    March 2017

                    • Dialogue Exchange with the shíshálh Nation: Reporting Archaeological Findings and Discussing Future Collaborations. Natasha LeClerc, Department of Archaeology
                    • Splash'n'Dash : Engaging Aging Seniors in an Active Lifestyle A Four Week Pilot Program. Lesley-Marie Lahey, School of Nursing
                    • Co-op Advisory Committee: preliminary meeting. Theresa Mackenzie, Science Co-op office (Dean)
                    • Development of a Collaborative Research Partnership with Nurses Practicing in the Mental Health and Addictions Program, Eastern Health and Nurse Researchers with MUN School of Nursing. Joy Maddigan, School of Nursing.
                    • EndMS Summer School Patient Engagement Session. Megan Parker, Faculty of Medicine
                    • MUNBG/BASNL Planning Workshops. Kim Shipp, Botanical Garden
                    • Having a Blast’ in Labrador West. Karen Pottle-Fewer, Labrador Institute.
                    • Grenfell Promoting research participation in the community. Benjamin Zendel, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Building Awareness: Environmental Impacts on Health in NL. Thomas Farrell, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Waste Not Want Not Engagement Fair: Waste Reduction, Composting, and Food Security. Barun Maity, GSU
                    • Innu Palliative Care: Establishing Partnerships. Russell Dawe, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Laboratory experience for public school students. Mark Berry, Faculty of Science (Biochemistry)

                    February 2017

                    • For the people by the people: engaging seniors with early stage dementia in the creation of a sustainable action plan to improve access to support services in Newfoundland and Labrador. Karen Parsons, Faculty of Nursing
                    • Collaboration between Grenfell ENACTUS Students and the Wonderful Fine Market: Identifying and addressing entrepreneurial and sustainability lessons from the St. John’s Farmers Market. Jose Lam, School of Arts and Social Science (Grenfell Campus)
                    • Shifting the Message: Towards a “Health, not Weight” Strategy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Erin Cameron, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
                    • The MacEdward Leach Digital Archive. Meghan Forsyth, School of Music
                    • Outreach to Inuit schools. Geoffrey Rayner-Canham, School of Science and the Environment (Chemistry)
                    • Collaborative Fieldwork Residency between Bonne Bay Marine Station and Grenfell Campus Visual Arts Program. D’Arcy WIlson, School of Fine Arts
                    • Everyday ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis). Kimberly Maich, Faculty of Education
                    • Biology Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS). Samantha Trueman, Faculty of Science (Ocean Science/ Biology)
                    • Strategic Doing. Mike Clair, Harris Centre
                    • Civic Engagement and Student Experience -- A Collaboration with Happy City St. John's. Shannon Lewis-Simpson, Student Life (Student Experience Office)
                    • Royal Canadian Legion Artefact Inventory: A Community Engaged Learning Project. Lisa Russell, Student Life (Student Experience Office)

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                    Quick Start Fund Recipients 2016

                    May 2016

                    • Trans Needs Summit. Ailsa Craig, Department Sociology
                    • Traditional Medicines: Memorial as a Place for Aboriginal Knowledge to Take Root. Edward Allen, Student Life 
                    • Synergy Session/Networking Reception Creating Sustainable Communities and Regions: Experiences from the Netherlands. Ken Carter, Grenfell Office of Engagement
                    • Preparing for community revival and rural immigration in small island setting. Bojan Fürst, Harris Centre 
                    • Recharge the Battery: Creating a "Learning, Living Community" for Graduate Students. Jennifer Massey, Student Life
                    • Math Circles of St. John's Planning and Development Meetings. Margarita Kondratieva, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
                    • A Dialogue on the Status of the Newfoundland & Labrador Film and Television Industry. Mark Turner, School of Music
                    • It takes a village: Working together to support the challenges for breastfeeding families living with tongue-tie. Tiffany Lee, School of Pharmacy
                    • Defining Food Policy: Where to Start when Crafting Food Policy? Jason Waters, Department of Political Science

                    April 2016

                    • Learning from the Past, Looking for the Future. David Stephens, School of Social Work 
                    • The 30th year anniversary of the rescue of 155 Tamil boat refugees off the coast of Newfoundland in 1986. Yolande Pottie-Sherman, Department of Geography
                    • Saint-pierre et Miquelon patrimoine historique - historical heritage / archéologie publique - community archaeology. Catherine Losier, Department of Archaeology
                    • Building Bridges: Connecting High School Students with the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. Denise Hooper, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 
                    • Social Enterprise in Newfoundland & Labrador: Research Potential for Social Impact. Nicole Helwig, Centre for Social Enterprise
                    • Avalon Regional Collaboration on Emergency Preparedness: Scoping and Workshop. Nicholas Damer, Department of Political Science
                    • Elmastukwek Mi'kmaw Mawio'mi. Kelly Butler, Student Services (Grenfell Campus)
                    • Making the difference with wrestling and boxing program in Aboriginal community: A photo essay and exhibition. Adam Dubrowski, Faculty of Medicine

                    March 2016

                    • Ed 4644 Experiential Education. Jennifer Anderson. Faculty of Education
                    • Collaboration between NL School Lunch Association, Memorial Botantical Gardens, and the Faculty of Education: Creating an after school program that focuses on gardening, sustainability, and cooking for elementary school children. Elizabeth Yeoman, Faculty of Education
                    • Songs and Stories of the Loggers of Newfoundland and Labrador: A public presentation on Fogo Island. Megan Forsyth, School of Music
                    • Citizen science investigation of red squirrel (Tamiasciuris hudsonicus) distribution in Newfoundland. Erin Fraser, Grenfell Campus Division of Science
                    • World Oceans Day Family Event- Come Fathom the Deep. Danielle Nichols, Department of Ocean Sciences 
                    • What’s arts got to do with it?: A structured dialogue about the roles of the arts and culture industries in Newfoundland and Labrador. Michelle Porter, Newfoundland Quarterly
                    • Intergenerational Teachings. Sylvia Moore. Faculty of Education
                    • Opera to Go! A Collaborative Performance for Students and their Families. Caroline Schiller, School of Music
                    • thegreenrock.ca ~ think planet. live local. how do you fit in? Kim Todd, Department of Philosophy
                    • P is for Picture Book: Imagination through Illustration: Highlights from the Roger and Marlene Peattie Picture Book Collection. Jeannie Bail, QEII Library
                    • Chemistry and Your Life, Chemistry in Your Life. Geoff Rayner-Canham, Grenfell Campus Division of Science

                    February 2016

                    • Exploring the Seafloor: Live Interactive Broadcast from a Research Vessel in the South Pacific to the Johnson Geo Centre. John Jamieson, Department of Earth Sciences
                    • A Meeting of the Descendants of the General Hospital Graduate Nurses Serving Overseas in World War 1. Sandra MacDonald, School of Nursing
                    • HSS on Food. Lynne Phillips, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
                    • Mobile Heritage Film Workshops. Morgon Mills, Labrador Institiute

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                    Quick Start Fund Recipients 2015
                    May 2015
                    • Convergence: Art, Science and Spirituality. Dr. Maggie Atkinson, Division of Fine Arts
                    • A Picture of Health: Pre-Election Forum on Health Policy. Ms. Rochelle Baker, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Memorial Woodwind Festival 2015. Dr. Christine Carter, School of Music
                    • Right Here, Right Now: A Women's Centered, Trauma Informed Drop-In Counselling Initiative. Dr. Catherine de Boer, School of Social Work
                    • Sharing Dialogue While Promoting Health and Wellness. Dr. Rebecca Law, School of Pharmacy
                    • Invocacion y Danza. Ms. Sylvie Proulx, School of Music
                    • The health impact of early development: Town-Hall event for disseminating research findings and engage old and new participants with renewed enthusiasm and commitment towards the topic. Dr. Martha Traverso-Yepez, School of Medicine

                    April 2015
                    • Science Literacy Week, 2015. Dr. Aimee Surprenant, Office of the Dean of Science
                    • Knowledge, Free Expression and Democracy in Canada in the 21st Century. Dr. Barb Neis, Department of Sociology
                    • Uncovering the invisible: microscopy and mushroom identification workshop. Dr. Dmitry Sveshnikov, Division of Science (Environmental Science/Biology)
                    • Official Launch of Relationships First: Restorative Justice in Education NL Consortium. Dr. Dorothy Vaandering, Faculty of Education
                    • Engaging Planners in the Development of Indicators for Planning Healthy Built Environments. Dr. Cathy Donovan, Faculty of Medicine
                    • The Victoria Park Lantern Festival Puppetry Project. Dr. Jamie Skimore, Department of English
                    • Fall 2015 Author Residency. Dr. Jennifer Lokash, Department of English
                    • Listening "for" the Voices of Communities: Towards an Inclusive, Accessible, and Sustainable Physical Literacy Education Program for Children and Families in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Kyoung June LI, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
                    • Regional Engagement: Stephenville-Port au Port. Marilyn Forward, Grenfell Office of Engagement
                    • The Future of Nature on the West Coast of Newfoundland. Dr. Sean McGrath. Department of Philosophy
                    • A hands-on workshop on videography for local youth. Trudy Taylor-Walsh, Bonne Bay Marine Station

                    March 2015
                    • Fighting depression and mental health with combat sports: Creating local champions. Dr. Adam Dubrowski, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Introducing the Mi'kmaw Game of Waltes to Local Communities in Western Newfoundland. Dr. Angela Robinson, Division of Social Science [Social/Cultural Studies], Grenefell Campus
                    • The Health Care Profession Camp for Aboriginal Students. Dr. Carolyn Sturge-Sparkes, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Re-situating the role and importance of people with lived experience: Capacity building among participants of the St. John's Drug User Group. Dr. Christopher Smith, School of Social Work
                    • Engaging the Public: A Town Hall Event to Talk About Health Research (Ferryland). Mr. Dale Humphries, Research Grant and Contract Services (NL SUPPORT)
                    • Newfoundland and Labrador Art Education Association Preliminary Foundation Conference. Dr. Gerard Curtis, Division of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) Grenfell Campus
                    • Community Volunteer Recognition Event. Ms. Jennifer Crowe, Student Volunteer Bureau
                    • Collaboration between Grenfell ENACTUS students and the Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation: Identifying and addressing entrepreneurial and sustainability issues in social enterprises. Dr. Jose Lam, Division of Social Science [Business and Economics], Grenfell Campus
                    • Forum on Advancing the Experiential Learning Agenda at the St. John's Campus. Ms. Lisa Russell, Deputy Provost Portfolio
                    • Engaging local fishermen in the public programming activities at the Bonne Bay Marine Station. Dr. Robert Scott, Division of Science [Environmental Science], Grenfell Campus

                    February 2015
                    • We Stand on Guard for Thee: A Research Initiative in Support of the Canadian Forces Family. Gail Wideman, Faculty of Social Work
                    • Engaging Ideas: Diversity in the Workplace. Kate Scarth, Faculty of Business Administration
                    • The Singing Network: Creating spaces and events to experience the power of singing and song. Andrea Rose, Faculty of Education
                    • Building Public Engagement Capacity Between the Faculty of Medicine and Health Care Stakeholders - A Joint Vision for Public Engagement. Fran Kirby, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Pamela Mordecai's Performances of her Poetry Collections. Stephanie McKenzie, Faculty of Arts
                    • Building Relationships for an Expanded Preceptor Model. Lisa Bishop, School of Pharmacy

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                    Quick Start Fund Recipients 2014 
                    April 2014
                    • The International Conference on Marine and Freshwater Environments (iMFE) 2014 - Our Water, Our Future. Dr. Bring Chen, Faculty of Engineering
                    • Film Internship @ Memorial Libraries. Ms. Colleen Quigley. MUN Libraries
                    • Speaking Event - with Daniele Benedettelli (Lego Mindstorm expert). Ms. Katheryn Hong, Faculty of Engineering
                    • Fogo Island/Change Islands engagement and knowledge mobilization workshop. Dr. Kelly Vodden, Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus
                    • Food n Garden Fair. Ms. Liz Klose, MUN Botanical Garden
                    • Food System Collaborations: Farmers, Markets and Good Eating in NL. Dr. Lynne Phillips, FARM/Faculty of Arts
                    • Gay Men's Health: A Public Forum hosted by the Gender, Sexuality & Health Research Exchange Group of NLCAHR. Ms. Rochelle Baker, NLCAHR/Medicine

                    March 2014
                    • Engineering in Edgewise: A Public Salon for Engineering in the 21st Century. Dr. Cecilia Moloney, Faculty of Engineering/Metakettle
                    • RIAC Production Workshops and Digital Documentaries for Community Radio. Dr. Elizabeth Yeoman, Faculty of Education
                    • Watch your step: Staying active and on your feet as you age. Ms. Michelle Osmond, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
                    • The State of Publishing in the Digital Age. Dr. Bob Scott, Bonne Bay Marine Station/Grenfell Campus

                    February 2014
                    • Apollo 5 Brass Quintet tour to Labrador West. Mr. Alan Klaus, School of Music
                    • Developing and Improving the Process to Evaluate the Impact of a Vascular Reduction Program for Women Living in Rural Newfoundland. Dr. April Manuel, School of Nursing
                    • St. John's Many Voices: An Exhibition Showcasing Cultural Diversity. Dr. Beverly Diamond, MMaP
                    • Spread the words: Incorporating the Dialect Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador into the Grade 8 Social Studies curriculum. Ms. Suzanne Power., Faculty of Arts/ELRC
                    • MUN MED Gateway Community Kitchen. Ms.Kate Duff, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Learning Through Dance: The ABCs. Ms. Kristine Power, QEI Library
                    • Directing students at the 8th Women's Work Festival. Ms. Ruth Lawrence, Department of English
                    • Great Big Walk 2014. Dr. TA Loeffler, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

                    January 2014
                    • Preserving our heritage through archaeological field conservation. Ms. Donna Teasdale, Department of Archaeology.
                    • The Politicization of Identity: A Presentation to the Grenfell and Bay of Islands Community by President Todd Russell of NunatuKavut Community Council and a day-long Visit to Grenfell Campus. Dr. Maura Hanrahan, Humanities Programme, Grenfell Campus
                    • The Just for Women Safe Space Project. Dr. Jill Allison, Faculty of Medicine
                    • Dancer-in-Residence. Dr. Kristin Harris-Walsh, School of Music
                    • Empowering a community to tackle youth mental health and addictions challenges. Dr. Lisa Bishop, School of Pharmacy
                    • Service Learning with the United Way. Ms. Lisa Russell, Student Affairs/CDEL
                    • Engaging Ideas: Transporting Research to Practice. Ms. Mekaela Gulliver, Faculty of Business
                    • MUN and North West River, Sitting in a Tree. Mr. Morgon Mills, Labrador Institute
                    • Maroon and Mi'kmaq: An International Indigenous Exchange Post-Symposium Booklet. Dr. Stephanie McKenzie, Dvision of Arts (English), Grenfell Campus 
                    • Ode To Water. Ms. Sarah Minnes, Environmental Policy Institute, Grefell Campus
                    • Settlement of Newcomers in Labrador West: What are the Gaps in Services?. Dr. Delores Mullings, School of Social Work
                    • A Celebration of University-Community Engagement. Dr. Jacqueline Walsh, Social Science, Grenfell Campus

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Public Engagement

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000