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Indigenous scholars get a taste of the graduate school experience

Over eight weeks, 27 undergraduate students from across the country – among them, BSW student Tawnie Johnson – worked with McMaster supervisors to gain new skills and advance an area of research. See three of their stories below.

Jul 09, 2021

Providing academic, social and cultural activities, the Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars (IUSRS) program facilitates mentorship and guidance for Indigenous undergraduates as they prepare for graduate school. Now in its seventh year, the program includes virtual workshops and Indigenous knowledge sessions, and an opportunity for students to work on a research area of interest with a McMaster faculty supervisor.

MIRI’s new director, Tracy Bear, joined the 2021 IUSRS student presentations earlier this month. She had heard about the success of the program and noted the relevance and power of the students’ research topics, contributing to McMaster’s overall reputation as Canada’s most research-intensive university.

“The IUSRS program creates an environment for Indigenous students to think about, explore and research relevant issues within their own community-based perspectives,” says Bear. “I’m so impressed with these 2021 students, and I’m so proud to be a part of MIRI to continue with this proud tradition of research excellence.”

Learn more about critical research presented by three of this year’s Indigenous scholars, including BSW student Tawnie Johnson, on McMaster Daily News.