Application Breakdown for RAP1

Students will be working alongside a faculty member on their research project. Note that RAP1 is only open to Top Scholars that are transitioning into their first year of post-secondary studies.

What you will be asked in your application

first and last name, email, student number, major, year of study, preferred research mentor (you can choose more than one from the list available), languages that you speak, why you would like to participate in the RAP, what you are hoping to get out of your RAP1 experience, what you would like to do when you grow up, your hobbies, your interests and the extra-curricular activities that you engage in

Application Breakdown for RAP2

Students will be working alongside a faculty member on their research project. Note that RAP2 is open to students in their second year of studies and up. The only difference between RAP1 and RAP2 is that students pursuing RAP1 must be Top Scholars in their first year, while students in RAP2 do not need to be Top Scholars to apply.

What you will be asked in your application

first and last name, email, student number, major, year of study, if you participated in the RAP previously (if yes, you need to say who your previous research mentor was and if you would like them to be your mentor again in RAP2), preferred research mentor (you can choose more than one from the list available), languages that you speak, what research experience you have, what you learned in RAP1 if you participated in it, what you would like to learn in RAP2, what you are hoping to get out of your RAP2 experience, what you would like to do when you grow up, your hobbies, your interests, the extra-curricular activities that you engage in and any feedback you have from RAP1

Application Breakdown for RAP3

Students will be pursuing their own independent research passion project under the supervision of a faculty member. Note that RAP3 is only open to students in their third year of study or higher.

What you will be asked in your application

first and last name, email, student number, major, year of study, if you participated in the RAP previously (if yes, you need to say who your previous research mentor was), if you would like a course credit for RAP3, proposed research mentor and project, why you would like to participate in RAP3, what research experience you have, what you would like to learn in RAP3, what you would like to do when you grow up, your hobbies, your interests, the extra-curricular activities that you engage in and any feedback you have from your previous engagement in the RAP

Application Breakdown for RAP4

Students will be pursuing their own independent research passion project that centers upon one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and that has a real-life impact in their community. Like RAP3, the student will pursue their research under the supervision of a faculty member. Note that RAP4 is only open to students in their third year of study or higher.

What you will be asked in your application

first and last name, email, student number, major, year of study, if you participated in the RAP previously (if yes, you need to say who your previous research mentor was), if you would like a course credit for RAP4, proposed research mentor and project, which UN Sustainable Development Goal your research centers upon, why you would like to participate in RAP4, what research experience you have, what you would like to learn in RAP4, what you would like to do when you grow up, your hobbies, your interests, the extra-curricular activities that you engage in and any feedback you have from your previous engagement in the RAP

What is the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)?

The Research Apprenticeship Program is an incredible opportunity for Glendon students to join a tight-knit community of students interested in developing their analytical skills, pursuing intriguing research with the mentorship of a professor and gaining excellent preparation and insight into a potential pathway towards graduate studies. The program looks a little bit different in each stream, and you should feel encouraged to apply for the version (except for RAP1) of the program that best suits your personal interest. Students in the RAP1 and RAP2 stream will spend up to five hours per week pursuing research with a professor (this can take many forms: literature searches, data compilation, research analysis and more). Students in RAP3 will pursue their own research passion project under the supervision of a professor and students in RAP4 will conduct their own independent research project, which must align with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In 2021-2022, students in all streams will receive a $1000 award and those in RAP3 and RAP4 may also be able to receive course credit.

Can upper-year students apply for RAP2?

YES, you can apply for RAP2 if you are in your third or fourth year of studies. While some students in third year or higher might prefer to participate in RAP2 before they decide to apply for RAP3 or RAP4, we encourage students in upper years to stretch their research muscles and try an experience outside of their comfort zones by pursuing a passion project through RAP3 or RAP4.

Is it possible to pursue the RAP and a Work/Study position at the same time?

YES, you can pursue the RAP and a Work/Study position simultaneously.

Is it obligatory for a student to find a research supervisor for RAP3 and RAP4?

YES, you must find a professor to supervise your independent research project in RAP3 and RAP4. If you are unsure on how to find a professor to supervise your project, please contact the Glendon Research and Innovation Office for help at the following email: research@glendon.yorku.ca.

What if none of the research interests and available projects led by the professors on the list align with those of the student?

If you are not attracted to any of the research projects outlined on the list, you should think about pursuing your own independent passion project in either RAP3 or RAP4. The available projects listed for both RAP1 and RAP2 is already complete, and the deadline for professors to submit a research project has already passed.

Does the research need to be conducted bilingually?

NO, the research that you conduct in RAP3 and RAP4 does not need to be bilingual. You are encouraged to pursue your research in the language of your choice, but the RAP is also a great opportunity to improve your language skills, so do not feel discouraged to work on a project in your non-dominant language. Note, however, that some professor projects in RAP1 and RAP2 may have certain language requirements depending on the nature of the research that they are conducting.

Do students need to pursue the RAP during the entire academic year (eight months) or can they just do it for one semester (four months)?

YES, students must pursue the RAP during the entire academic year (eight months). One semester is not enough time to complete a project and gain the best possible experience out of this program.

What is the research for exactly and who is it going to?

Put simply, your experience in the RAP is what you make it out to be. For students pursuing RAP1 and RAP2, you will strictly be conducting research for a professor, so the work you do will go toward the completion of their academic research. Your contributions to their research projects will be credited as appropriate. Students that decide to conduct research in RAP3 or RAP4 have the freedom to choose the form of output their research will take at the end of the academic year (an essay, a presentation, a poster and more), and where they would like to have their research project and findings circulated. Students will also have the incredible opportunity to showcase their research at the annual Glendon Research Festival. The point of this program is to foster a love and interest of research for all of the students involved.

Can students apply for the RAP if they will be going on exchange next year?

YES, in 2021-2022, students who will be on exchange during the upcoming academic year can apply for the RAP.

Which research skills and experiences do students need to be successful in RAP3/4?

Students that apply to RAP3 and RAP4 should feel comfortable conducting independent research with some guidance from their research mentor. If you are entering third-year or higher, you will already have developed basic research skills through your previous course work. For instance, general knowledge of how to use the York University library system is a great start. Students participating in the upper-year RAP will follow a program structure throughout the year, will engage in check-ins around major research milestones and will have the support of their research mentor and the Research and Innovation Office. We understand that pursuing an independent passion project might seem daunting at first glance, but we encourage students to explore beyond their comfort zones. The RAP is all about learning to do research and we want you to succeed!

What is a passion project?

A passion project is an independent project through which you can explore a research topic of interest to you, but not necessarily something you might study within the requirements of your degree. It is your project, designed by you. You will develop your own research questions, explore possible answers and create project outputs of your choice. Explore your passion project in either the RAP3 or RAP4 stream of this program.

Can international students apply for the RAP?

YES, international students are eligible to apply for the RAP.

Do I need to have a specific average to apply for the RAP?

NO, you do not need to possess a specific average to apply for the RAP; however, you will be asked to attach a screenshot of your most recently updated grade report to your application (do not purchase an official transcript). Your grades will be taken into consideration during the application process, but they are not the deciding factor.

Can students have their research supervised by a professor at the Keele Campus?

NO, students must find a professor at Glendon to supervise their research project in RAP3 or RAP4.

Can students in RAP3/4 have their research supervised by a contract faculty member?

YES, students in RAP3/4 can have their research supervised by a contract faculty member.

When is the deadline to apply for the RAP?

The deadline for the RAP has been extended to June 25th.

This document was prepared by Ana Kraljević, one of the Vice-President Academics on the GCSU. Please do not hesitate to send an email to Vice-President Kraljević at senator.gcsu.aecg@gmail.com or Carli Gardner, in the Research and Innovation Office at Glendon, at research@glendon.yorku.ca if you have any supplementary questions or concerns that were not adequately addressed in this document.