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Experience Makes a Difference

Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.

In-Course Experience Fund

The Faculty of Social Sciences’ new In-Course Experience Fund supports instructors in building experiential education (EE) activities into their undergraduate social sciences courses. It can also support chairs/directors in building EE into their departments/programs. Beginning Spring 2021, funding will be available by application to instructors, chairs and directors for Spring/Summer, Fall, and Winter courses each budget year.

Each instructor can typically apply for up to $1000 per semester of In-Course Experience Funding, with the possibility of greater amounts on a case-by-case basis.

Departments may collectively request greater amounts for departmental or multi-course initiatives. (The amount available in each semester will depend on demand and on take-up to date during the budget year.)

This funding builds on the past success of the Student Experience Fund, which supports individual students (or groups) to offset costs associated with activities such as attending or presenting at conferences, volunteering abroad, or similar experiences.

The In-Course Experience Fund allows instructors, faculty members, or departments/schools in the Faculty of Social Sciences an opportunity to request funding to enhance experiential learning, work-integrated learning, community-engaged learning, hands-on learning, career development, or related experiences.

Ideas that you may consider building into your undergraduate social sciences course include:

- a virtual immersive or interactive experience;
- a virtual workshop/conference/symposium/talk;
- an honorarium for a virtual guest speaker/trainer;
- a virtual tour;
- a community-engaged learning experience;
- other similar experiential ideas.

This is not an exhaustive list. The experiential learning support team are open to other ideas you may have.

How to Make a Request:

Applications can be submitted by email. Please include the following information:

  1. What is the Course Code and Course Name?
  2. How many students total are enrolled/will be impacted?
  3. What proportion of the participating students are expected to be Social Sciences students?
  4. Can you please provide a brief explanation of the experience?
  5. What is the total cost with an estimated breakdown (typically up to $1000)?
  6. Who from the department/program will provide administrative support?
  7. How will students be asked to reflect on the experience?

To request funding, please email your application information to Ruthanne Talbot, Programming and Outreach Manager, at talbotr@mcmaster.ca and copy your Chair/Director.

Questions about the funding can be sent to Mark Busser, Manager, Experiential Education at bussermp@mcmaster.ca