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undergraduate students, undergraduate experience, non-curricular research, undergraduate research


This report presents the highlights of preliminary findings from a survey of 104 persons who had engaged in non-curricular research (i.e., research outside of coursework and practicums) in either a paid or voluntary capacity during their undergraduate studies. The survey formed part of a mixed method study that sought to understand the experiences of students who have been involved in non-curricular research during their undergraduate studies and how these experiences may have contributed to them gaining research related work experience or in building their social capital. The Study was reviewed and received ethical approval by the Research Ethics Boards of Sheridan College and Ryerson University. The preliminary findings in this survey highlight the importance and value of undergraduate students engaging in non-curricular research. It also provides evidence that the high impact that experiential learning can provide.


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)

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Osborne, B., Chaze F., George, P., Medhekar, A., Sullivan, K., & Abdulrehman, I. (2022). Undergraduate Student Participation in Non-Curricular Research: Preliminary Findings [Research report]. Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies , Sheridan College.


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