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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 annual research apprenticeships funded by the Race Family Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program.

Research apprenticeships 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 faculty's project, an apprenticeship is a training and mentoring relationship in which the student’s research training is the most important factor.

Timing

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.

Process

Once selected, the faculty mentor and student will be contacted by the administrative assistant to the dean and asked to submit a proposed budget and a directed studies form with the course proposal. This process occurs before the beginning of the term in which the apprenticeship begins.

Directed Studies Form and Course Proposal

To receive the directed studies form with the course proposal, email Christina Han. The research apprenticeship is to be conducted over two terms but is worth 0.5 credits and that is the responsibility of the faculty member to identify an appropriate directed studies course in which to register the student. The student should register in the directed studies course in the second term of the apprenticeship (e.g. fall term for summer/fall apprenticeship, winter term for fall/winter apprenticeship) to ensure they will be graded on the entire apprenticeship.

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

Research Apprenticeship Contract

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 individually present a version of the research project during the Brantford Student Research Week. The FLA may record and produce a promotional video based on the research presentations. The contract 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. Once completed, the research apprenticeship contract should be submitted to the FLA coordinator of undergraduate research and administrative assistant to the dean.

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 to outline expectations, answer questions, and provide information pertaining to expenses and undergraduate conferences.

Budget

Each student selected will receive an award worth $1,000, which the student can use 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 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

Megan Blair

Megan Blair

"The Research Apprenticeship Program was an amazing opportunity that helped me to confirm my desire to attend graduate school, as well as prepare me for undertaking higher levels of research."


Read Megan's Testimonial

2018/19

History of Chinese Immigration and English Language Education, 1900-1990

  • Student: Jia Ming Feng
  • Supervisor: Christina Han

Gender and the Art of Performance

  • Student: Erin McHarge
  • Supervisor: Michael Ackerman

Philosophy of Political Humour

  • Student: Rileigh Jackson
  • Supervisor: Charles Wells

Sino-Canada Relations, 1960s-1970s

  • Student: Brendan Williams
  • Supervisor: Christina Han

2017/18

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

2016/17

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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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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