Research and Education: undergraduate students show off their work

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From creating a library of genes for screening to investigating the history of Inuit art to researching infants' perception of music to comparing a selection of Gospels, more than 125 McMaster undergraduate students spent last summer studying at these and a variety of other issues. These students  Undergraduate Student Research Awards recipients  had 15 weeks, the advice of a faculty advisor and $5,000 to delve deep into their research. Their results are on display today from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Marketplace in the McMaster University Student Centre.


[img_inline align=”right” src=”http://padnws01.mcmaster.ca/images/posters05.jpg” caption=”Daniel Laycock, third-year physics and astronomy student, pictured right, explains his research poster to Matthew Cooper, chair of the Department of Anthropology. Photo credit: Chantall Van Raay”]From creating a library of genes for screening to investigating the history of Inuit art to researching infants' perception of music to comparing a selection of Gospels, more than 125 McMaster undergraduate students spent last summer studying at these and a variety of other issues.

These students  Undergraduate Student Research Awards recipients  had 15 weeks, the advice of a faculty advisor and $5,000 to delve deep into their research. Their results are on display today from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Marketplace in the McMaster University Student Centre.

Sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Faculties of Social Science, Humanities and Business and the Office of the Vice-President (Research & International Affairs), the USRA awards are designed to help undergraduate students explore career opportunities in the research environment, investigate and learn more about an area of interest, enhance their academic experience and prepare for work at the graduate level.

Mamdouh Shoukri, vice-president (research & international affairs) believes that integrating research and education is a characteristic of a world-class university and engaging students at the undergraduate level in research is an essential part of creating an innovative and stimulating learning environment. “These awards allow our undergraduate students to pursue research that is relevant to their own field of study. They are the perfect example of the McMaster experience  bringing research and education together.”