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Add an Experiential Element to the Classroom

Get involved with the Office of Experiential Education.

Connect with Experiential Education

Faculty members can become involved in Experiential Education (EE) in a number of ways:

  • Identify one of your promising students and encourage them to apply for an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). Assist by supervising/mentoring them through the research process.
  • Incorporate an experiential placement or project into a course with Academic Placements, allowing your students the opportunity to gain practical experience linked to the theories learned in class, while contributing to the community around them.
  • Support an eager student applying for a Student Experience Fund by mentoring them through their learning experience, providing guidance in writing their learning plan, and/or writing a letter of support for their experience.

Undergraduate Student Research Awards

The McMaster Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) are intended to cultivate and support research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty members.

Community-Engaged Education

Community-engaged education experiences engage students in unpaid placement-based or project-based opportunities that directly relate to a specific academic course.

Student Experience Fund

Student Experience Fund is designed to provide financial support for student-initiated experiential opportunities that allow students to engage in practical applications of theories learned through their Social Sciences education.


Faculty can share input and expertise

  • Share your input and expertise with us by sitting on one of our committees:
    • Experiential Education Governing Council (EEGC) – help determine the direction of experiential learning in Social Sciences through this faculty and student committee that meets twice per academic year.  
    • Undergraduate Student Research Award Review Committee – review a selection of USRA applications each year in February.
    • Student Experience Fund Review Committee – review applications several times over the year to allocate funds for student experiential learning opportunities.
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Mark Busser

Ph.D International Relations, McMaster University2014

Academic and Experiential Learning Coordinator