Manitoba Education Research Network Awards


The Manitoba Education Research Network Awards acknowledge individuals and/or organizations in their efforts to enhance education in Manitoba through innovative, collaborative and high quality research. Research is broadly defined to include all aspects of scholarship and may include impact, relevance, partnership, publication and prolonged service.

About the Sponsor

MERN supports Manitoba-based education research through an informal network of faculties of education in Manitoba working together with educational partners in the field. The purpose is twofold:

  • To provide opportunities for the dissemination of education research relevant to programs, policy and practice, and
  • To encourage collaborative research projects to promote and sustain quality education throughout Manitoba.

Network Partners

  • Aboriginal Education Directorate
  • Brandon University
  • Council of School Leaders of MTS
  • Healthy Child Manitoba Office
  • Manitoba Association of Parent Councils
  • Manitoba Association of School Business Officials
  • Manitoba Association of School Superintendents
  • Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning
  • Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre
  • Manitoba Metis Federation
  • Manitoba School Boards Association
  • Manitoba School Improvement Program
  • Manitoba Teachers' Society
  • Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba
  • University College of the North
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of St. Boniface
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Urban Circle Training Centre

MERN supports teaching and learning in Manitoba's schools by promoting partnerships for research studies and conducting an array of cross sector education research activities. MERN disseminates research findings through a series of fall, winter and spring forums, an annual northern forum, and publishes a journal, maintains a website and publishes a monograph series.

Friday, June 17, 2016 is the seventh annual MERN Awards event.


Any researcher and/or organization involved with MERN may be nominated for their contribution to Manitoba-related educational research. Research themes could include:

  • Indigenous Education
  • Community/Adult Learning
  • Early Years Education
  • Inquiry in Teaching and Learning
  • Rural, Remote and Northern Education
  • Sustainable Development
  • Equity and Justice
  • Education Leadership
  • Other


Projects should demonstrate the four criteria listed below:

  1. Innovation
  2. Excellence
  3. Effectiveness
  4. Participation

Nomination and Award

All proposals selected for presentation at MERN Forums and/or other MERN dissemination activities will be considered for the annual MERN Award.

Up to three awards for research achievement will be presented annually and, in addition, the MERN Award Committee may recommend "Special Contribution" recognition awards.

MERN Award Recipients

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