Research Institutes

Research opportunities abound at Canisius. The college is home to five separate research institutes, all of which provide signature learning experiences in your search for truth and social justice. You can research ways to conserve the environment, lead a study on autism or produce a social documentary that promotes ethical issues relevant to the world today. No matter what you choose, experiences within the research institutes do more than instill you with facts. They transform the way you see the world and force you to think across disciplines. In the process, you engage in real-world learning and fine-tune your professional skills. Your experience within one of our research institutes just might define your career.

Canisius College Video Institute

Put your classroom lessons to work while making a positive impact on the community when you participate in the Canisius College Video Institute. The program works to advance the missions of non-profits by producing social documentaries on the agencies and people they help. The Video Institute is an award-winning program, and student producers often screen their works at film festivals or at on-campus premiers.

Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership

Imagine taking a class from political strategist Karl Rove or talking one-on-one with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. The Fitzpatrick Institute for Public Affairs and Leadership gives you a close and personal look at the people and ideas contributing to American political life today through the highly-acclaimed Fitzpatrick Lecture Series. Additionally, the Fitzpatrick Institute makes it possible for you to study, experience and contribute to civic life through classroom activities, travel opportunities and internships.

Institute for Autism Research (IAR)

Implement treatment strategies. Analyze data. Assist with clinical trials. These are just a few of the unparalleled research opportunities available to Canisius students at the Institute for Autism Research. Every one of your tasks – no matter how small – is carefully chosen, meticulously executed and rigorously evaluated to help spearhead new treatments for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Institute for the Global Study of Religion (IGSOR)

The Institute for the Global Study of Religion works with students and faculty to research various aspects of religion; promotes cooperation and understanding across religious, gender and ethnic lines; and emphasizes the Jesuit mission of men and women for others. In particular, it facilitates conversations and lectures about important issues involving the relationship between Christianity and culture, and creates opportunities for the study of religion in various cultures through immersion seminars in various global cultures.

Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships (ISHAR)

If we all work together, we can make the world a better place. This is the mission behind the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations, which is dedicated to advancing humankind’s perspectives on non-human animals. It encourages dialog on the pressing issues in anthrozoology among students and the broader community. ISHAR is at the forefront in examining issues like responsible pet ownership/companion animal stewardship, zoo industry reform, animal use as food, animal-assisted interventions, animal use in science, and the use of science in advocating wildlife conservation.