“They feel released. They’re able to undertake things they haven’t been able to do before.”
Dr. Arthur Szabo is talking about the remarkable community of young researchers he’s been helping to assemble at Wilfrid Laurier University—and about the new Science Research Centre that’s bringing out their best work. When Arthur Szabo became Dean of the Science Faculty at Laurier, his first priority was to attract top-drawer faculty. “I stressed the fact that if we’re going to develop high quality, innovative programs, we would have to attract high quality faculty. High quality faculty are research active, and if you want to recruit that kind of faculty, you need the resources, the infrastructure.” The leadership of Laurier agreed and in 2003 the university opened the doors on a brand new, 43,000-square-foot Science Research Centre. The Centre, funded in part by a $4.3 million investment from the Ontario Innovation Trust, contains state-of-the-art labs, plant growth rooms and a suite for mathematics research.