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Strong focus on undergraduate research at inaugural Faculty Research Day

November 4, 2014 — 

Originally posted on UM Today : November 3, 2014

In the spring of 2013, while Dr. David Mandzuk was holding talks with various undergraduate students about issues facing the Faculty of Education as a part of the search process for a new dean, he was amazed that many knew little about the research being conducted by their own professors.

Faculty Research Day (54 of 112)“The recurring themes from the conversations were that many had little knowledge of the scholarly work … their professors were actively engaged in,” says Mandzuk, who eventually became the successful candidate for Dean of Education.

Those conversations led to the first-ever Faculty Research Day on Oct. 6—designed not only to inform students and colleagues about research being undertaken in the faculty, but also to encourage teacher candidates to think about the possibilities of research—both at the undergraduate level and beyond.

“Our hope is that by giving you a window into the work that some of us are doing, you have a better understanding of how we are positioned as educators, you will be able to forge stronger professional relationships with us and you will be reminded that one of your roles as teachers is to be intellectual leaders,” Mandzuk said in an opening address to students taking part in the event.

See the complete story on the University of Manitoba News Site: UM Today.

*The deadline for next spring’s Undergraduate Research Award is Feb. 15. For more information on how to apply, visit http://umanitoba.ca/research/experience_research/index.html.

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