Posted on December 18, 2009 by Tia Lalani

2009 Augustana Fall Student Academic Conference

Every semester the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta highlights the dedication and research of students who have been involved in directed reading courses and various research projects. Directed readings give senior students the opportunity to research a topic of personal interest under the mentorship of a faculty member. On Monday November 30th, 2009, students across multiple disciplines and diverse topics showcased the culmination of their research at the Student Academic Conference (SAC).

This semester has also initiated exciting research and experiential learning opportunities in the community. Augustana has embarked on a unique partnership with the City of Camrose to develop a plan that will shape the future of the City. Augustana students, faculty and staff, along with City officials and community members have been working together on the Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP) exploring the five major pillars of sustainability: economy, governance, ecological, cultural and social. These students will present their current findings and reflections in these areas, as they continue to peer into the future of Camrose.

Another exciting endeavour that Augustana has embraced is Community Service-Learning (CSL). By engaging with the community, the importance of research and debates in the academic world becomes clear. The knowledge and skill set gained through university studies is valued in our community, and the work done in CSL courses contributes to goals within our community. By getting out of the classroom and volunteering in various organizations, students and community members share in the learning process.

Watch a podcast about this year’s Student Academic Conference.


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