The McMaster Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) are intended to cultivate and support research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty members.
Community-engaged education experiences may be placement-based (where students attend weekly) or project-based (where students connect with the host organization for mentorship and leadership in the project but may not visit the organization regularly).
Student Experience Grants are designed to provide financial support for student-initiated experiential learning opportunities that allow students to engage in practical applications of theories learned through their Social Sciences education.
Connect with Experiential Education
There are a number of ways for faculty members to become involved in Experiential Education (EE). As a faculty member, you can:
- Identify one of your promising students and encourage them to apply for an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) and assist them by supervising/mentoring them through the research process.
- Incorporate an experiential opportunity into an existing course with Academic Placements, allowing your students the opportunity to gain practical experience linked to the theories learned in class, while contributing to the community around them. This may be placement- or project-based.
Faculty can also:
- Support an eager student who applies for a Student Experience Grant by mentoring them through their learning experience, providing guidance in writing their learning plan and/or writing a letter of support for their experience.
- Share your input and expertise with us by sitting on one of our committees:
- Experiential Education Governing Council (EEGC) – help determine the direction of experiential learning in Social Sciences through this faculty and student committee that meets twice per academic year.
- Undergraduate Student Research Award Review Committee – review a selection of USRA applications each year in February.
- Student Experience Grant Review Committee – review applications several times over the year to allocate funds for student experiential learning opportunities.
If you are thinking about adding an experiential element to your course/department or want to discuss existing experiential opportunities in your course/department, please contact:
Sandra Preston, PhD.
Director, Experiential Education