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As part of our effort to create and promote a culture of undergraduate research excellence on the Brantford campus, the Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA) supports several research apprenticeships annually that are 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. All Laurier Brantford students are eligible to apply, although the program is managed by the FLA.

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.


The FLA administrative assistant to the dean will send a call for participation on behalf of the FLA associate dean and the coordinator of undergraduate research to all continuing Brantford faculty members in the winter term (for summer/fall research apprenticeships) and one during the summer (for fall/winter research apprenticeships).

The Office of the Dean will collect requests from interested mentors and student recommendations up until one month before the beginning of the summer (April 1) and fall (Aug. 1) terms. The FLA administrative assistant to the dean will contact the recommended students to see how many are interested in participating.

Selection of Participants

If there are more interested students than available spots, the dean will form a committee to choose the participants and match them with appropriate faculty mentors who have indicated interest. All selected mentors and students will be contacted by the Office of the Dean.

Note: Students cannot participate in the Research Apprenticeship Program more than once.

Form Submission

Once selected, the faculty mentor and student will be contacted by the administrative assistant to the dean and asked to submit a (before the beginning of the term in which the apprenticeship begins):

  • Proposed budget.
  • Directed studies form with course proposal (to receive the form, email Christina Han). In the case of a group project, the proposal should clearly outline the duties of each individual student participant.

The associate dean, in consultation with the coordinator of undergraduate research, will review the budget, course proposal and learning contract before signing the directed studies form. If approved, the directed studies form and course proposal will be sent to Enrolment Services.

If approved, the faculty member and student will complete a research apprenticeship contract, including a note that stipulates that the student agrees to spend an average of three hours per week on the apprenticeship (including independent work, research, meeting time, etc.). The student will also agree to make a poster board and present a version of the research project individually during the Brantford Student Research Week. Research presentations may be recorded and a promotional video may be produced based on it. The note will also indicate that the student agrees to submit a version of the research to the undergraduate journal (Bridges) for consideration, although publication will not be guaranteed.

A list of the mentors/research apprentices will be available to the dean, associate dean, senior administrative assistant to the dean, coordinator of undergraduate research and senior administrative officer. At the beginning of the summer and fall terms, the coordinator of undergraduate research will host a research apprentice meet-and-greet/information session where expectations will be outlined, questions will be answered and information pertaining to expenses and undergraduate conferences will be provided.

Directed Studies Form Details

Sumit the following information in an email to Christina Han:

  • Discipline: Student’s home discipline
  • Topic: Research Apprenticeship
  • Course Weight: 0.5 credit course
  • Term: Summer/fall (register in fall course); fall/winter (register in winter course)


Each student selected will receive an award worth $1,000 which will be used by the student to fund activities and materials related to the project, such as books, research equipment, travel to workshops and conferences, etc. For information purposes, 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 FLA Office of the Dean.

To complete the award transfers to the students’ accounts, the FLA senior administrative officer, prior to the start of the summer and fall terms, will forward the list of approved students to the scholarship/awards officer. The scholarship/awards officer will transfer the $1,000 awards to the students’ Laurier accounts.

Past Research Apprenticeships

Dalton standing by a wall.

Dalton Rawcliffe

"I graduated from Laurier Brantford's History and Concurrent Education Program in 2016. My time as an undergraduate at Laurier was an amazing opportunity that has not only helped me create and foster long-lasting friendships, but also prepared me for a career in academia. Thanks to the Faculty of Liberal Arts' Undergraduate Research Initiatives, I was able to attend and present my fourth-year research paper on Hong Kong's industrialization in the 1950s at a major international Asian history conference."


Miss Canadian University Pageants Controversy, 1960s-1970s: Research and Digital Exhibit

Exploring the Concept of Trust and Its Relationship to Acceptance and Adoption of Intelligent Assistive Devices amongst Older Adults

  • Student: Shreya Shah
  • Supervisor: Josephine McMurray

Colonial Korea through Postcards: Images, Commodities and Japanese Imperialism


Religious Education Strategies

#BeingRaced: Hearing the Voices of Racialized Students, Staff and Faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Students: Azka Choudhary, Paige Grant, Kate Harvey, Joey Lee
  • Supervisor: Vanessa Oliver

Picasso and Cultural Politics in Cold War East Asia

Scholarly Media Production and Research

  • Students: Christina Manocchio, Brittany Bennett, Sharyne Williams
  • Supervisor: Sue Ferguson

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Where to Find Us

The Faculty of Liberal Arts is located on the second floor of the East Wing of the Research and Academic Centre, Brantford (corner of Dalhousie and Charlotte streets).


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