As part of our effort to create and promote a culture of undergraduate research excellence on the Brantford campus, the Faculty of Liberal Arts funds supports several research apprenticeships annually, funded by the Race Family Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. Research apprenticeships are designed to allow an exceptionally qualified undergraduate student to work closely with a faculty member on a project of mutual interest.
Unlike a research assistantship, in which the student works for a faculty member on the member’s project, an apprenticeship is meant to be a training and mentoring relationship in which the student’s research training is the most important factor.
Research apprentices will receive a half credit (0.5), although the apprenticeship will run for two semesters. In addition, each student selected will receive a scholarship worth $1,000, which will be used by the student to fund activities related to the project, such as travels to workshops and conferences. At the end of the apprenticeship, students are required to submit an itemized report of their expenses to their faculty mentor who will submit it to the Faculty of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office.
Each student will sign a learning contract outlining the expectations of both faculty mentor and student, and agreeing to spend an average of five hours a week on the apprenticeship (including independent work, research, meeting time, etc.). This contract is also to be submitted to the Dean’s Office.
If a faculty mentor is supervising more than one student, the faculty mentor must assign different duties to each student, which will be indicated clearly on the learning contract.
Students who undertake a research apprenticeship will be required to present their research individually at the Brantford Student Research Day. They will also be required to submit a version of their research to the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts for consideration, although publication will not be guaranteed.
Applications and proposals for research apprenticeships will be accepted on an ongoing basis, and research apprenticeships may begin in any term. The deadline for applications will be one month prior to the term in which the apprenticeship is to begin. To this end, we are soliciting both expressions of interest from Brantford faculty members interested in working as a mentor with a research apprentice, and the names of exceptional Brantford students, in any faculty on the Brantford campus, who may be interested in and benefit from a research apprenticeship. Please note that a research apprenticeship cannot be held more than once by a student, and students cannot participate in this program more than once.
If you are a student interested in taking part in this exciting research opportunity, please contact Associate Dean Kenneth Werbin for more information. If there are more interested students than available spots, then the dean will form a committee to choose the participants and match them with appropriate faculty mentors who have indicated interest.
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