"...Equally important, an outstanding student experience is at the heart of a great university. As a research and teaching intensive university the University of Alberta is well positioned to offer outstanding learning opportunities to all of its undergraduate and graduate students, opportunities equal to those of the best public universities in the world. We reaffirm the importance of providing all students with the opportunity to participate in research and creative activities as part of their learning experiences."
—Dare to Deliver, 2011-15 academic plan
The recent launch of the Undergraduate Research Initiative is the latest step in enhancing the academic opportunities available to our students. If you missed it earlier, here is inaugural director Connie Varnhagen’s request for faculty members to provide information for the database of undergrad research opportunities. She reports that the response has been fantastic.
So to our academic staff members: How do you actively involve undergrads in research and why? And if not yet, how are you thinking of involving them?