First Year Research Experiences (FYRE)

One of the goals of our institution is to provide students with authentic research experiences during their undergraduate degree. Following widespread consultation, we have identified incorporating research opportunities into class curricula as one of the most dynamic and meaningful ways to make this happen. By building research into class curricula, students can begin to take greater ownership of their work and learning as early as their first year of study.

In September 2014, a number of first-year classes across campus began introducing students to some of the research, scholarly and artistic principles and practices of their discipline. These classes complement the existing research-based classes at the university which have traditionally been available to students in the later parts of their undergraduate degree programs.

The goal is for first-year students to be welcomed into the academic community with the opportunity to:
  • develop an understanding of the research arc
  • get a sense of research as it applies to learning and discovery, and 
  • gain insight into what it means to think and act like a researcher using discipline-specific methods and techniques.
These curriculum-based opportunities consist of all three elements of the research arc: 
  • developing a question
  • investigating the question using the tools of the discipline
  • sharing the findings with a wider audience

Current FYRE Classes

In Winter 2017, twelve courses offer a first year research experience. Check the course catalogue for classes containing undergraduate research or other experiential learning opportunities beyond the 100-level and for upcoming terms. Here are instructions on how to find and register for these classes.
 

ASTR 104

Astronomy of Planets (online)

Dr. Daryl Janzen

ASTR 113

Intro Stellar Astronomy

Dr. Daryl Janzen

CMRS 111

Classical Medieval Renaissance Studies: Medieval and Renaissance Civilization (STM)

Dr. Courtnay Konshuh

GE 125

Engineering Mechanics 2 

Dr. Emily McWalter

GEOG 120

Intro to Global Environment Systems

Dr. Xulin Guo

GEOG 130

Space Place Society

Dr. Robert Patrick

HIST 135

History Matters: Gender, Sex, and Society

Dr. Mirela David

HIST 145

History Matters: War, Violence & Politics

Dr. Robert Englebert

HIST 165

History Matters: History of Science and Medicine: From the Black Death to Breaking Bad

Dr. Erika Dyck

INDG 107

Intro to Canadian Indigenous Studies

Dr. Mandy Fehr

IS 110

International Studies

Dr. Martin Gaal

KIN 122

Social Behavioral Foundations

Shannon Forrester

WGST 112

Intro to Womens and Gender Studies

Dr. Karen Wood & Dr. Emily Snyder

Previous FYRE Classes

2017 Fall Term
AGRC 111  Sustainable Plant and Soil Management Dr. Melissa Arcand & Krista Wilde
ANBI 110 Introductory Animal Bioscience Dr. Natacha Hogan, Dr. Andrew Van Kessel, Dr. Ryan Brook
ASTR 104 Astronomy of Planets (online) Dr. Daryl Janzen
ECUR 164 Is This a Course About Science Dr. Tim Molnar
ENG 110 Literature and Composition Dr. David Parkinson
ENG 110 Literature and Composition Dr. Lisa Vargo
EVSC 110 Renewable Resources and Environment Dr. Colin Laroque
GEOG 120 Introduction to Global Environmental Systems Bert Weichel & Rodney Johnson
GEOG 130 Space Place and Society An Introduction to Human Geography Dr. Paul Hackett
INTS 102 Studying in Science Essential Skills and Strategies Dr. Sandy Bonny
WGST 112 Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies Dr. Mirela David
WGST 112 Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies Dr. Marie Lovrod
2017 Summer Term
ASTR 104   Astronomy of Planets (online) Dr. Daryl Janzen
HIST 175 Prairie Life Stories: Public History for Social Change Mandy Fehr
2016-17 Term 1
ASTR 104   Astronomy of Planets (online) Dr. Daryl Janzen
AGRC 111      Sustainable Plant and Soil Management                      Dr. Melissa Arcand & Krista Wilde
ANBI 110 Introductory Animal Bioscience Dr. Natacha Hogan & Dr. Andrew Van Kessel
CMRS 110 Classical Medieval Renaissance Studies: The Graeco Roman Tradition, Evolution, and Reception (STM) Dr. Zachary Yuzwa
ENG 110     Literature and Composition Dr. David Parkinson
EVSC 110 Renewable Resources and Environment Dr. Colin Laroque
GEOG 120    Introduction to Global Environmental Systems Dr. Alec Aitken
GEOG 130                  Space, Place, and Society: An Introduction to Human Geography Dr. Paul Hackett
INTS 102 Studying in Science: Essential Skills and Strategies (ASAP) Dr. Sandy Bonny
KIN 122 Social Behavioural Foundations of Physical Activity  Serene Kerpan
SOC 112 Foundations in Sociology: Social Construction of Everyday Life Victoria Mowat
WGST 112 Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies Dr. Mirela David 
2016 Spring and Summer Term 1
HIST 175  Prairie Life Stories: Public History for Social Change      Mandy Fehr                 
2015-16 Term 2
ASTR 104 Astronomy of Planets Dr. Daryl Janzen           
COMM 104 Business Statistics I Dr. Mashid Atapour
ECUR 310 Relational Curriculum Making Elementary Dr. Beverly Brenna
ENG 114  Literature and Composition Reading Culture Dr. Wendy Roy
GEOL 109 (ASAP) The Earth and Life Through Time  Dr. Gabriela Mangano
GEOL 120 Introduction to Global Environmental Systems Dr. Xulin Guo
HIST 155 Magic, Superstition, Rationality and the West Dr. Frank Klaassen
KIN 122                       Social Behavioral Foundations of Physical Activity                                                                                    Dr. Leah Ferguson                                           
2015-16 Term 1
AGRC 111 Sustainable Plant and Soil Management Drs. Fran Walley and Krista Wilde
ANBI 110 Introductory Animal Bioscience Dr. Murray Drew
COMM 104 Business Statistics 1 Dr. Mashid Atapour
ECUR 309 Applied Literacies of Knowing ELA Elementary                                 Dr. Beverly Brenna
EVSC 110 Renewable Resources and Environment Dr. Steven Mamet
GEOG 130  Space, Place, and Society: An Introduction to Human Geography  Dr. Paul Hackett
INTS 102 (ASAP) Studying Science: Essential skills and strategies for success                                                 Dr. Sandra Bonny
SOC 112 Foundations in Sociology Social Construction in Everyday Life Ms. Victoria Mowat
WGST 112 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies Ms. Allyson Stevenson and Dr. Mirela David
2014-15 Term 2
HIST 155        History Matters Science and Environment                                             Dr. Frank Klaassen
NRTH 101 Introduction to Circumpolar World Dr. Alec Aitken
PSY 121        Social Clinical Cultural and Developmental Bases of Psychology      Dr. Michael MacGregor               
SOC 112 Foundations in Sociology Social Construction in Everyday Life Ms. Victoria Mowat
WGST 112 Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies Dr. Marie Lovrod
2014-15 Term 1 
AGRC 111      Sustainable Plant and Soil Management                                          Dr. Fran Walley and Krista Wilde
ANBI 110      Introductory Animal Bioscience Dr. Murray Drew
EVSC 110      Renewable Resources and Environment Dr. Colin Laroque
INTS 100     Learning to Learn Strategies for Academic Success                        Dr. Sandra Bonny
IS 110 Global Issues Dr. Joseph Garcea
KIN 122 Social Behavioral Foundations of Physical Activity Dr. Leah Ferguson
PSY 120 Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology Dr. Ulrich Teucher
WGST 112 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies                                Dr. Mirela David
WGST 112 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies                                Dr. Marie Lovrod

Example of Class Project

Undergraduate students in this first-year Astronomy class completed the Research Arc - and got published!

At the direction of Dr. Daryl Janzen and research coaches, students from the Term 2, 2016 Astronomy 104 class came up with a question to investigate. As members of a group, they researched the science that has contributed to the current knowledge of the solar system, and through a website they publicly shared their results.

A year later, and after lots of hard work to turn their results into a paper, six students were published in the University's Undergraduate Research Journal (USURJ). Read their scholarly paper here

astro104

Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech