New McMaster program encourages Indigenous students to pursue grad studies

July 29, 2015

McMaster University has launched a new summer program designed to encourage Indigenous students to consider graduate studies. The Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars (IUSRS) program is a collaboration between McMaster’s Indigenous Studies Program and School of Graduate Studies. The program runs for six weeks, with students participating in workshops and research activities that allow them to see what life as a grad student is like. Students have been paired with faculty supervisors and peer mentors, and have access to Elders-in-residence during the program. Students will also participate in activities within the local communities—both Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River. Acting VP Research Allison Sekuler said she proposed the program not only to provide a “transformational experience” for Indigenous students, but also to “broaden the understanding of Indigenous research within the Academy.” McMaster | Globe and Mail | Program Info | Radio Canada (1) | CBC (2) | Hamilton Spectator