AUSU presents 2022 Research Week

One thing I love about Athabasca University is that it’s full of students pursuing their goals along non-traditional learner paths. Many people think of university students as 18-22 year-olds without kids who live in a university town and study full-time for four years. As a parent in my 30s, I don’t fit that bill and know many other students at AU who don’t either. 

When you don’t fit the mould, it’s really easy to convince yourself that something is impossible. But going to an accommodating university full of dedicated students who are overcoming barriers is so inspiring! That’s why I love being on Student Council, working to make university education more accessible, beneficial, and enjoyable for other students.

For example, many AU students are interested in graduate school and want resources and opportunities to help prepare them for that path. Why not explore our options together?

Join us from January 24-28, 2022, for AUSU’s Research Week. We have put together a fantastic program for you, exploring undergraduate research, its benefits, and how it can help with pursuing graduate studies.

What can you look forward to this Research Week?

First, join us Wednesday, January 26 at 5 pm MT for An Evening with Dr Perrin

Want to know what research is? Interested in doing your own research but have no idea how? Thinking of grad school? Then don’t miss the chance to attend this casual, no-pressure Zoom meet-up when Dr Andrew Perrin, AU’s Associate VP of Research, as he talks about creating your own research pathway. Dr Perrin will give a 30-minute talk, afterwards guests can ask questions and win some amazing AU prizes! Since there’s no expectation for guests to speak up, I’m encouraging everyone who’s curious about research or grad school to come listen.

We’ll also be giving away four prize packs, each including an AU hoodie, t-shirt, and duffle bag, so don’t forget to mark it in your calendar! You can find the Zoom link here, on our Student Research Centre page, or on our Facebook Event. Simply click on the link when the event starts and enjoy! 

Celebrate undergraduate students who are already involved in research at AU! At the same time, you’ll see what’s possible. Some work with faculty as research assistants and others are doing their own research projects. We will also be sharing interviews with the superstars at AU who support researchers, including a virtual introduction to some amazing librarians – a top resource for researchers.

Listen in as Dr Vive Kumar, Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Science and Technology, and David Boulanger as they talk about their computer science research, highlighting David’s work as an undergraduate researcher and the value that research has had in his program in the most recent AUSU Open Mic Podcast #53: Benefits of Undergraduate Student Research at AU. David has participated in research at AU both as a research assistant and by doing undergraduate research project courses that Dr Kumar Vive supervises. Get great tips about how to plan a research project and what you need from a supervisor, regardless of faculty.

So, where do you start?

Check out the new Student Research Centre on our website. This is where you’ll find information and resources to support your research journey. As we continue to develop the page, we will include FAQs on undergraduate research, a catalogue of resources, and a directory of contacts. 

Then start Preparing for Undergraduate Student Research with a Learner Pathway available on the AUSU LinkedIn Learning page for AU learners wanting to get involved in research. The three-part pathway includes Preparation, Research & Data, and Presentation sections, each with courses you can choose to help grow your knowledge in the research process.

If you have any questions about Research Week or suggestions for the Student Research Centre on, please email

See you next week!