Opportunities for Faculty

The Undergraduate Research Initiative is focused on supporting faculty as they link teaching with research, scholarship, or artistic expression. By increasing the number, quality and availability of discovery and creation experiences, and by embedding them into undergraduate courses, faculty can expect to see benefits among students, efficacies in their teaching, and increased alignment among scholarly pursuits. 

Faculty interested in undergraduate research are invited to contact the Undergraduate Research Initiative regarding:

I. Funding for research coaches to support curriculum-based experiences in first-year classes
  • Allows increased opportunities to advance undergraduate research in classes and across campus.
  • Helps instructors design a research project for an undergraduate class.
  • Provides personalized support to students as they develop research skills, perhaps for the first time.
  • Learn more about Research Coaches and collaborating with the initiative
II. Hiring Undergraduate Student Assistants
  • Adding undergraduate research assistants to existing projects or grant applications can provide many benefits. Having an additional, motivated member of the team can be valuable in moving a project forward and offer a rewarding mentorship opportunity for more experienced researchers.
  • Funding for an undergraduate position can be built into externally funded research proposals or may be available through separate internal sources such as Undergraduate Student Research Assistantships (USRAs), scholarships, or grants. (Rubric)
III. Participating in the Community-of-Action
  • Opportunity for faculty to participate in an online PAWS group and in-person meetings/events each term to advance ideas and plans for curriculum-based undergraduate research experiences. 
IV. Working with a Program and Curriculum Development Specialist from the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness

Faculty Feedback on First Year Research Experiences

  • In the video to the left, Dr. Leah Ferguson, faculty implementer of the curriculum-based undergraduate research experience in Kinesiology, was interviewed by Dr. Sheryl Mills of the GMCTE. Dr. Ferguson offered her KIN 122 students the chance to gain an understanding of research and hone academic and professional skills. In this interview, she speaks about the benefits to her students and how she overcame obstacles.
  • Undergraduate Research in Pharmacy Publishes. Faculty member Jason Perepelkin describes, in his own words, his experience last term of connecting students in an elective fourth year course Marketing for Pharmacists course to the opportunity to publish in the Canadian Pharmacists Journal:http://words.usask.ca/gmcte/