Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University
Inclusive Undergraduate Symposium

High impacts in undergraduate research

Save the date: Feb. 19–21, 2018, Thompson Rivers University, Canada

About the symposium

We know that students of diverse nationalities, fields of study, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, and socio-economic classes benefit from participating in undergraduate research. Students involved in undergraduate research demonstrate higher rates of persistence and degree completion, campus engagement, academic achievement, self-efficacy, and analytical and communication skills.

These benefits derive from supportive relationships with faculty mentors and the opportunities afforded by participation in undergraduate research, including conference presentations, co-publications, and community-engaged work with social agencies or municipal departments. Yet research indicates that access to undergraduate research still disproportionately favours economically advantaged students with family legacies of higher education and students in their final year of study who have proven themselves with high GPAs. We are exploring ways to address this issue, to make undergraduate research opportunities more inclusive.

By sharing research findings, evidence-based practices, and innovative strategies, participants will seek to transform undergraduate research programs and opportunities in order to welcome and support all students. We begin with the working assumption that creating inclusive access to and participation in undergraduate research requires individual and collective efforts of faculty and administrators and intentional dedication of institutional resources.

Accordingly, this symposium brings together some of the leading researchers in the field, providing an opportunity for a meaningful exchange with fellow educators and administrators with the shared aim of identifying models and practices shown to promote the success of all students in undergraduate research, including students from historically underserved groups.

Preliminary list of confirmed keynote speakers/participants

Dr. Airini

Dr. Airini
Thompson Rivers University
Bio


Dr. Marni Badham

Dr. Marni Badham
RMIT Univerity
Bio | Bio


Dr. Laura Lunsford

Dr. Laura Lunsford
University of Northern Carolinia Wilmington
Bio | Bio


Dr. Tia McNair

Dr. Tia McNair
AAC&U
Bio | Bio


Dr. Marcia Ostashewski

Dr. Marcia Ostashewski
University of Cape Breton
Bio


Dr. Jenny Shanahan

Dr. Jenny Shanahan
Bridgewater State University
Bio | Bio


Dr. Graham Smith

Dr. Graham Smith
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
Bio | Bio


Dr. Connie Varnhagen

Dr. Connie Varnhagen
Univerity of Alberta
Bio


Dr. Nicole L. Vaugeois

Dr. Nicole L. Vaugeois
Vancouver Island University
Bio


Dr. John Willison

Dr. John Willison
University of Adelaide
Bio | Bio


Dr. Brad Wuetherick

Dr. Brad Wuetherick
Dalhousie University
Bio