Data Acquisition Practitioner - Student Research Team


The Data Acquisition Practitioner must gather data for a research project and present to a group of peers the nature of their acquisition process.

Position Requirements

The Student Research Team (SRT) will provide members with a generalized research skill set that is applicable to any discipline. As a member gains an increased aptitude for research, there will be opportunities for apprentices to move into positions of practice and mentorship. The SRT is the largest multi-disciplinary student research group on campus and allows for enhanced social, scholarly, and research connections.

Data Acquisition Practitioners must demonstrate the following:

  • The use of at least one data acquisition technique
  • The presentation of the techniques to an audience (5-minute presentation)

Sign-up Directions

Data Acquisition Practitioners must complete a minimum of 15 hours of participation. If the student reaches the stage of presentation, then the minimum time expectation is met. Activities may be covered in-class or in-addition to class requirements. 

Data acquisition techniques will be dependent on the nature of the research, and may include:

  • Literature reviews
  • Lab work
  • Survey work
  • Participant observation
  • Focus groups
  • Story gathering
  • Environmental sampling

A “Got Data” event will be organized by the Student Research Team Coordinator during both the Fall and Spring semesters to ensure students can meet the presentation requirement. 5-minute presentations will be the presentation format.

In addition, there will be one social event per semester organized by the Coordinator to provide for greater cross-campus and interdisciplinary connections between team members. A couple of faculty researchers will present ‘TED Talk’ style presentations.

Kendra Stiwich, VIU’s Student Research Engagement Coordinator is the Student Research Team Coordinator.

Interested students need to contact Kendra for more information or to sign up. Each student team member will be part of a database designed to track students’ progress and activities.