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Academics and Research

At Laurier, we incorporate Indigenous knowledge within a wide range of our academic programming. This allows students from all disciplines the opportunity to engage with a vibrant field based in social, political, historical and cultural study in Canada. 

Enhance your student experience by participating in any number of the following courses offered in the 2021/2022 academic year. Consult the LORIS Browse Classes for course time, location and up-to-date instructor information.

Resources at Your Disposal

The Indigenous Student Centres in Waterloo and Brantford are committed to supporting you with your academics and research. We offer advising, tutor matching, assistance with course selection, peer mentoring, and academic skill development programs. Each centre is equipped with a study lounge, available for small group meetings or individual study sessions, and a resource library full of Indigenous perspectives on a variety of topics.

Overcoming Barriers to Study Abroad for Better Engagement of Indigenous Students 

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Laurier International have conducted a literature review, survey, and focus group to better understand Indigenous student needs and preferences as it relates to engaging in international opportunities while at Laurier. A report of the findings is available for download. More information will be on Laurier's Indigenization Hub in the coming weeks.

Summer Research Placement

As an Indigenous student, you may be eligible to apply for the NSERC Undergraduate Research Award, a summer research placement at Laurier with a qualifying professor. This placement allows you to work with a professor on relevant topics of your choosing, depending on your interests and the professor’s research areas of expertise.

Although the majority of projects relate to the Faculty of Science (KPE, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Math), there are Business, Arts, Geography and Psychology opportunities as well. You do not have to be a science student or a student in that project's program to participate.

The application process and deadline are different than other NSERC student applications. Keep an eye on your Laurier email during the winter semester for more information about NSERC opportunities.


  • GPA of 7.0 (B) overall
  • self-identified Indigenous student
  • enrolled in full-time, undergraduate studies

Purposeful Learning

“The NSERC-funded award allowed me to get one-on-one experience with a professor and solidify what I had learned in my first and second years at Laurier.”

– Kim Arbor, third-year student