How to Get Involved in Research
There are many ways for you to get involved in research at Laurier; we've outlined a few to help you get started.
Talk to Professors
Most professors have ongoing research projects that involve students. Take the time to learn about their research programs. Read their websites and consider whether their research interests you. If you would like to explore opportunities to become involved in their research, email the professor directly to set up a meeting. When you contact a professor, be sure to include information about yourself (your skills and experience) and why you are interested in their research.
Reach out to others to learn about research opportunities, such as:
- Your peers who are engaged in research.
- Laurier student societies.
- Academic advisors.
- Teaching assistants.
- Research centre directors.
There are countless research events that happen on campus. Events are often advertised on wlu.ca or departmental homepages, and most advertised events are open to the public. Keep your eyes open and don’t be shy!
Apply for a Research Award
The departments of Biology, Psychology, Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, Business, Economics, Geography and Environmental Studies, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Kinesiology and Physical Education hold annual competitions to award Undergraduate Student Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Interested students should contact these units directly for instructions and timelines.
If you are a Brantford campus student, consider applying for a research apprenticeship. These are designed to allow an exceptionally qualified undergraduate student to work closely with a faculty member on a project of mutual interest.
Pursue an Honours Degree or a Graduate Degree
Many degrees offer an honours option that allows you to complete a research project that is overseen by a faculty member. Consider this option early in your degree and speak with your academic advisor if you are interested. Similarly, talk to your academic advisor if you are interested in pursuing a master’s or PhD. Most graduate programs – at Laurier and elsewhere – focus heavily on research.
Take Advantage of Research Specialization Courses
Laurier offers options that you can incorporate into your degree program. If you are interested in research, consider pursuing a research-related option.
Many departments offer independent/directed studies options, which can be an opportunity to undertake a research project under the supervision of a professor. Speak to your academic advisor if you are interested in learning more.
Students who are experiencing financial difficulties and who wish to work on a part-time basis may be eligible to participate in Laurier’s Work-Study Program. Professors and research-support units on campus may post research-related opportunities. Due to the popularity of the program, positions get filled quickly, so if you’re interested, you should apply as soon as possible.
Take a Field Course
Many departments offer fields courses which offer intensive research training opportunities in the field for credit. Speak with your academic advisor to learn about opportunities.