Welcome to G21!
Ready to start your own research project?
G21 is a one-of-its-kind course that allows you to pursue your own passion project under the supervision of a faculty mentor, in a directed course setting.
All G21 projects must align with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
By participating in the G21, you will receive 3 credits, supervision from a faculty member, education about the SDGs, have access to an allocation of $300 to fund your research project, and experiential education.
What are the benefits of being selected as a G21 Student?
“I truly appreciated having the support and guidance from my mentoring professor. Conducting a research study as an undergraduate student is quite challenging, but through the constant support I was given, the process became less overwhelming. It was also an enriching experience being able to conduct a study that was directly related to my career field. Having the opportunity to work on something that I am passionate about has been such a highlight and although I have yet to complete my study, I am hopeful that the results of this study may potentially help future students.”
“The ability to conduct my own passion project under the supervision of a professor has definitely enhanced my undergraduate experience at Glendon. I really enjoy that I was able to build connections with Professors and was not only able to develop my understanding of a particular scholarly subject, but I was also able to receive valuable mentorship. As students, we often think of research as daunting and complex, but through this opportunity, I’ve realized how researching topics which interest me can be such a fun and rewarding experience. I’ve become more knowledgeable about my research field, and these skills have definitely transferred into my other courses.”
Frequently Asked Questions about the G21 Course
Frequently Asked Questions about the G21 Course
What is the G21 course?
- Students in the G21 course have a unique opportunity to pursue independent research on a topic of their choice under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
- The independent research projects are referred to as “passion projects” because students should be passionate about their chosen topic of study.
- Each of the selected research projects must align with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- Students participating in the G21 course will be enrolled in a 3.00 credit course over the entire academic year, meeting bi-weekly. Students will receive course credit towards their university degree for work on their “passion projects”.
Who is eligible to apply for the G21 course?
- Must be enrolled at York University as a Glendon student.
- Students must be in their upper years of undergraduate study (3rd year and above).
- Students must apply to the G21 course by completing the online application form. Students’ applications must be approved before they will receive permission to enrol in the course.
- To apply for the G21 course, students must propose an independent “passion project” that they want to work on. Students must also suggest a faculty member who they would like to supervise their “passion project”, and who is willing to take on this responsibility.
What is an independent “passion project”?
- A “passion project” is an independent project through which you can explore a research topic of interest to you. Your chosen research topic may be an area of interest outside of your degree requirements. It is your project, designed by you. You will develop your own research questions, explore possible answers, and create project outputs that align with your topic, all within the parameters of a credited course.
- A “passion project” can be inspired by anything that has piqued a student’s interest, perhaps a topic that the student initially discovered in the context of an academic course and which the student wants to continue pursuing through an independent project.
- Examples of past “passion projects” concern topics as varied as Islamophobia in Québec law and French society, children’s experiences under French colonialism in Indochina, discrimination based on skin colour in Tamil culture, visual aids for second language learning, the importance of encouraging language learning in children with Down’s syndrome and dyslexia, innovative speech patterns in online conversations, discrimination against “accented” English, and public art as a way of learning about and stimulating conversations about sustainable development. Click here to view past examples of G21 projects at the 2023 student research showcase.
Will I receive course credit for my independent “passion project”?
- Students admitted into the course will receive 3 credits on successful completion of the course.
- While the G21 is a 3-credit course, applicants must keep in mind that the course will take place over the entire academic year, during both the Fall and Winter terms. The class will meet on a bi-weekly basis.
- If a student wishes to take the course for credit in their own major or minor program to fulfil requirements, they must receive approval from their home program or department.
- Alternatively, students may take the course for elective (SOSC) credits with the approval of the head of Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS).
- Some programs may choose to recognize this course on an ad-hoc basis as counting towards degree requirements. Department heads will inform Academic Services accordingly.
What will I learn in the G21 course?
- The G21 course provides the framework for students to conduct research on a “passion project” of their choosing, in consultation with a course director and faculty mentor. The projects will apply theory to address a real-world problem using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
- Although students will design their own “passion project”, successful completion of the course will indicate that the students have demonstrated competence in the following learning outcomes: advanced written and oral skills, critical thinking, and information literacy; global engagement, knowledge of social justice and/or environmental sustainability; and self-regulation, and intercultural awareness.
- Students will present their work in a manner suited to their disciplinary focus (e.g. written research paper, poster presentation, podcast, video, and so on), and they will present it at a culminating event at the end of the academic year.
What types of students should apply for the G21 course?
- This course is designed for students who are self-directed and intellectually ambitious. This course may be particularly attractive to students who are keen to pursue their studies to the graduate level, but this is not a requirement for students applying to participate in this course.
When will I be accepted into the course?
- Applications for the G21 course will open between the end of May and beginning of June, and will be accepted on a rolling basis.
- Course enrolment starts in mid-June.
- Students can expect to be accepted into G21 course by mid-August.
- To consult important dates university, such as when to enrol and drop university courses, visit the link here.
How do I enrol in the G21 course? What are the steps I need to take so that I receive course credit for my G21 “passion project”?
- Before submitting an application to the Research Office, prospective applicants must think of a passion project which they believe aligns with the UN SDGs and can be completed throughout the course of the 2023-24 academic year.
- Students must find a Glendon faculty member who is willing to supervise their project.
- Complete and submit the G21 application form
- Clarify your personal details (your name, email, student number, major, year of study)
- Explicate who your proposed supervisor will be
- Provide a short description (approximately 250 words) of the project you would like to pursue in the G21
- Describe the output that your final project will take (i.e., an essay, an online art exhibit, a performance, a presentation, a podcast)
How do I liaise with my academic department so that I receive the course credit I need?
- If students have concerns about obtaining course credits from the G21 course in accordance with their program requirements, they are encouraged to reach out to the Research & Innovation Office for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I find a professor to supervise my research project? What is the best way to contact them? Is it mandatory for me to have a research supervisor?
- Yes, you must find a professor to supervise your independent research project in the G21 courses.
- Consider asking a faculty member for supervision if you already have a relationship with them, possibly someone with whom you’ve taken a course, and if their research interests and areas of expertise align with your proposed research project.
- To view a list of Glendon faculty members with their research interests and expertise, as well as their contact information, click here.
- If you are struggling to find a professor to supervise your project, please contact the Glendon Research and Innovation Office for help: email@example.com.
Can students in G21 courses have their research supervised by a contract (non-tenure track) faculty member?
Yes, students in G21 courses can have their research supervised by a contract faculty member, if they are willing to take on this responsibility.
What should I include in an outreach email to a prospective faculty mentor? (Info borrowed from York University Career Centre resources)
Give some context for who you are regarding why you are writing.
- Explain your student status, year, program and how you obtained the Professor’s name or where you met them.
- What are some of your interests, skills, experiences, or goals as they relate to your interest in the G21 course and your field of academic research/study?
What Have I Done / What Can I Do?
- What notable or relevant accomplishments, skills, assets, experience, or educational achievements do you have?
What Do I Want?
- Explain your passion project idea for the G21 course and ask if the Professor would be willing to supervise you throughout the academic year.
What are United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)?
- “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.” Click here to view all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
How will I help fund my research project?
- In 2023-24, students who participate in the G21 course will each have access to allocated funds of $300 to help with their research project.
- Examples of past use of funds include covering fees for professional poster printing, inducements for survey participants and focus groups, purchase of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, or purchase of podcasting equipment.
- Students are encouraged to imagine creative uses of their allocated funds to help support the development and execution of their research projects.
Will I get paid for my participation in the G21 course?
- No, students will receive 3.0 course credit towards their university degree. Students will pay regular tuition fees for the course, but they will have access to funds to cover some research expenses. Click here to learn more about course and program fees at York University.
Does my research project need to be conducted bilingually?
- No, the research that you conduct in the G21 course does not need to be bilingual. You are encouraged to pursue your research in the language of your choice, but the G21 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.
- However, the G21 course will be taught in both languages. Student will attend some classes in their non dominant language but can choose to participate in the language of their choice, submitting assignments in their preferred language.
Which research skills and experiences do students need to be successful in the G21?
- Students that apply to G21 course 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 G21 will follow a program structure throughout the year, will engage in check-ins around major research milestones and will have the support of their course director, 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 G21 is all about learning to do independent research and we want you to succeed!