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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

As part of our effort to create and promote a culture of undergraduate research excellence, the Brantford campus supports an annual research apprenticeship program funded by the Race Family. 

Highly motivated undergraduate students with a passion for research are invited to apply for a 2022-2023 apprenticeship.

If selected, apprentices will spend two terms conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member. Apprentices will receive a 0.5 Directed Studies credit and a $1,000 student award to fund activities and materials related to the project, such as books, research equipment, travel to workshops and conferences, etc. 

Testimonials from past apprentices emphasize how the apprenticeship enriched their knowledge and sharpened skills, helping prepare them for careers or graduate school. 

Unlike a research assistantship, in which the student works on a faculty member's research, apprentices develop their own research project, while receiving training and support from the faculty mentor. 

Megan Blair

Megan Blair

"The Research Apprenticeship Program was an amazing opportunity that helped me to confirm my desire to attend graduate school, as well as prepare me for undertaking higher levels of research."

Read Megan's Testimonial

Process Information


All Laurier Brantford students are eligible to apply. Individual applications are welcome. Group research projects with up to four students maximum are also allowed. 

It is recommended that students apply in their third and fourth year. Note: Students cannot participate in the program more than once. 


Prior to applying, students must secure support from a faculty mentor. 

Once a faculty member has confirmed, students are invited to submit a 250-word statement of interest for summer-fall apprenticeship (deadline April 15, 2022) or a fall-winter apprenticeship (deadline August 15, 2022). Applicants will be notified of the results two weeks after the deadline. 


If selected, the apprentice and faculty mentor must provide the following within two weeks. 

  • Research Apprenticeship Contract: List of apprentice expecations and commitments.
  • Directed Studies Form: It is the responsibility of the faculty member to identify an appropriate 0.5 directed studies course in which to register the student. The student should register in the directed studies course in the second term of the apprenticeship. Directed studies forms should be submitted for approval to the Dean's office that owns the directed studies course. Send proof of approval to 
  • The contract and directed studies form are to be sent to Tania Sahula, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean, FLA, at
  • Award: After the contract and directed studies form is received, the $1,000 award will be transferred to the students' Laurier accounts. 

Questions: For more information, please contact 

Past Undergraduate Research Apprentices


Genetically Modified Organisms

  • Student: Jeremy Vyn
  • Supervisor: Nathan Vo

Crime and Place

  • Students: Jessica Campus, Ryan Clinton, Amber Goyit, and Grace Nunn
  • Supervisors: Tarah Hodgkinson, Carrie Sanders, and Samantha Henderson



Mitigating Toxic Behaviours in Overwatch

  • Student: Celine Taillefer
  • Supervisor: Steve Wilcox

Supporting the Bisexual Community at Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Students: Kaylyn Heine and Gracie Markle
  • Supervisor: Cameron McKenzie

Anti-Black Racism and TikTok: A Discourse Analysis

  • Student: Jesse Gagnon
  • Supervisors: Sonia Meerai and Anh Ngo

Racialized and/or Indigenous Student Experiences of Racism in the BSW Program

  • Students: Sieara Miller and Hiva Nematollahi
  • Supervisor: Nuha Dwaikat-Shaer

Commodifying Taste: Value Extraction on Spotify

  • Student: Charles Owens
  • Supervisor: Ken Werbin

Use of Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics in Workplace Disability Management

  • Student: Sarah Bray
  • Supervisor: Josephine McMurray

Instagram Content and Anti-Racism 

  • Student: Kelly Tarr
  • Supervisor: Anh Ngo and Sonia Meerai


One Generation’s Experiences of Quarantine in Two National Epidemics

  • Students:
    • Delores Maas
    • Lillia Dockree
    • Steve Parr
    • Tyler Britz
  • Supervisor: Tarah Brookfield


Money, Power and Politics

  • Student: Emmanuel Bimpong
  • Supervisor: Mark Davidson

The Relationships between Humans and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • Student: Mikayla Ferraro
  • Supervisor: Abby Goodrum

Individual Education Plans: An Evaluation

  • Students: Alexis Knoop and Amy Pattison
  • Supervisor: Tarah Brookfield

Would Brantford Benefit from a Social Navigator Program?

  • Student: Jacob Poirier
  • Supervisor: Bob Basso

Municipal Responses to Gentrification

  • Student: Courtlynne Weaver-Thomas
  • Supervisor: Bob Basso


History of Chinese Immigration and English Language Education, 1900-1990

  • Student: Jia Ming Feng
  • Supervisor: Christina Han

Gender and the Art of Performance

  • Student: Erin McHarge
  • Supervisor: Michael Ackerman

Philosophy of Political Humour

  • Student: Rileigh Jackson
  • Supervisor: Charles Wells

Sino-Canada Relations, 1960s-1970s

  • Student: Brendan Williams
  • Supervisor: Christina Han


Miss Canadian University Pageants Controversy, 1960s-1970s: Research and Digital Exhibit

Exploring the Concept of Trust and Its Relationship to Acceptance and Adoption of Intelligent Assistive Devices amongst Older Adults

  • Student: Shreya Shah
  • Supervisor: Josephine McMurray

Colonial Korea through Postcards: Images, Commodities and Japanese Imperialism


Religious Education Strategies

#BeingRaced: Hearing the Voices of Racialized Students, Staff and Faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Students: Azka Choudhary, Paige Grant, Kate Harvey, Joey Lee
  • Supervisor: Vanessa Oliver

Picasso and Cultural Politics in Cold War East Asia

Scholarly Media Production and Research

  • Students: Christina Manocchio, Brittany Bennett, Sharyne Williams
  • Supervisor: Sue Ferguson

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