How Mount Royal helps students gain valuable research experience while still at the undergraduate level.
It is not necessary to wait for higher or professional studies to get involved in research. In fact, immersing yourself in the world of research and scholarship early in your post-secondary career has many benefits. Undergraduate research builds on classroom learning and allows you to explore your interests, determine career goals, and develop meaningful relationships with faculty members. It can also help expand your academic portfolio and CVpreparing you for future academic and professional activities.
With student success always at the forefront, Mount Royal University (MRU) is focused on providing undergraduate research opportunities to help you feel confident and ready for whatever comes next. Here are some of the ways you can get involved in research as a student at Mount Royal:
Become a research assistant
Research Assistants (RAs) are an invaluable part of the research process. RAs work with faculty members to assist with ongoing research projects. Tasks and activities vary by project, such as conducting literature reviews, supporting data collection and analysis, updating research activities, planning research techniques, and use of specialized software and equipment. Many MRU faculty also want to work with students to present and publish research findings, adding a extra layer of experience and recognition. RA opportunities can be found through MRU Career Services, the RA Job Board, or by inquiring directly from a faculty member.
Apply for a specialized program
Mount Royal Offers Honors stream options for a variety of different majors. Throughout the honors program, students take additional courses in their field, participate in honors seminars, work one-on-one with a chosen faculty member who will serve as their advisor and complete a thesis requiring original research. Honors students also have the opportunity to submit their research for possible publication and present their research on campus at the annual MRU Research and Scholarship Days showcase.
Take a directed reading course
Directed readings at MRU are higher level courses specifically tailor-made and arranged by a student under the guidance of a teacher. Done at an individual level, directed readings allow students to explore a subject or area of interest which is not currently offered as a course. Once a proposal is submitted and accepted, students work one-on-one with a professor for a term to produce agreed-upon learning outcomes. This may include immersing yourself in a research project and possibly being credited for published work.
At Mount Royal, we believe research should be part of the classroom experience, not just something a professor does in a lab down the hall. Getting involved in undergraduate research is a great way to explore interests, gain valuable experience, and prepare for the future. And there is no better time to start only at this moment.
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