At Laurier, we share a deep commitment to research and learning within a culture that fosters, supports and celebrates teaching and research excellence. It’s what allows our instructors to engage and inspire tomorrow’s leaders in classes that tackle big ideas but are small enough for faculty to know your name. It’s also what binds us across our nine faculties, 19,000 students, and locations in Waterloo, Brantford, Kitchener, Toronto and China.
Our faculty are not just people who stand in front of a lecture hall. They explore student-centred learning and collaborative teaching in active learning classrooms, taking learning beyond the classroom walls into the community. They are leaders, innovators and trendsetters who work to actively engage their students – helping you to find your passion, connect with your learning material, and focus on your personal growth.
It’s impossible not to be engaged when your geography professor just happens to be an expert in the Arctic snowpack – a key component of global climate. Or when your physics professor is one of just two Canadians selected to be a 2014 TED Fellow – a designation that had her sharing the spotlight with Melinda and Bill Gates.
At the end of the day, our acclaimed faculty and teaching staff will train you to think critically and to apply your newfound analytical skills in a fast-changing world. Regardless of your area of interest, Laurier professors are known for their expertise, vast knowledge and – most importantly – their commitment to inspiring students, like you.
Laurier offers plenty of opportunities to do hands-on research, whether you want to work with nanomaterials or disadvantaged children. Our faculty members pride themselves on their mentoring skills and it’s not unusual to see world-class professors working closely with motivated students, both undergraduate and graduate.
Right from your first year, many courses require labs and research papers, which will give you the skills you need to pursue more independent research as you advance through your studies. Upper-year undergraduate students have opportunities to take courses centring on a thesis, major research project or capstone project. Undergraduates at all levels have the chance to serve as research assistants or publish in academic journals, whether the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts or an international peer-reviewed journal. Brantford campus students may have the chance to participate in the Research Apprenticeship Program.
Most Laurier graduate programs and postdoctoral fellowships concentrate heavily on research. Our students and postdoctoral fellows have won prestigious provincial and national awards for their research on topics such as food security in African cities, forests in the Arctic, spinal cord injury, and Indigenous female identity. Whatever you want to research, chances are good you’ll find a great mentor to guide your work.
You’ll meet faculty here who will literally change your life. But we think some of the most enduring lessons you learn during university don’t come off a syllabus. That’s why we keep track of your extracurricular involvement on your co-curricular record, an official document you can share with employers – they love to see that you jumped into your university experience feet-first. We call it experiential learning. You can even get work experience that ties in with your career goals: Laurier’s co-op office connects students with paid jobs that integrate academics with real-world experience.
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