FAQs for REX
1. What is Research Experience Program (REX) by Galbraith Society?
REX is a program focusing on collaborating professors and researchers with undergraduate engineering students at UofT. It provides a platform for students to work under the guidance of experts and gain invaluable research experience.
2. What would the students be working on?
It solely depends on the professor and/or his graduate students how they wish to involve the participants in their research work. It could be (but not limited to) learning more about their work by reading papers, gaining experience with new tools, developing complex algorithms/applications or running tests on applications.
3. What year and discipline are the participants in?
The participants could be from any year. However, preference would be given to students in first and second years. Students can apply from any discipline and they would be paired with professors depending on the research opportunity.
4. What is the duration of this program?
The program is scheduled to start in October 2016 and would end in March 2017 with a closing reception and poster presentations.
5. What and when is the closing reception?
The closing reception is a semi formal event where REX participants would present a poster on the work that they did over the year. It would be held in the last weeks of March.
6. Who is responsible for paying the students?
The participants would not be paid anything. This is a voluntary opportunity.
7. How many hours per week do the participants have to put into the program?
The number of hours per week would be completely determined by the professor and the nature of research work. However, the hours should be decided keeping in mind that the students would have a full course load during the Fall and Winter semester. Depending on the requirements, the time commitment can range from 2-6 hours per week.
8. How would the students be paired with researchers and how many students would be assigned per project?
Once a participant expresses interest (via an application process) in one of the participating researchers’ work, their profile would be matched with the requirements set by the researchers. The pairing procedure would be carried out by the executive members of Galbraith Society. Up to four people can be paired with a single project. This number can also be determined by the professors themselves.
9. I don’t know if I can support a student through their work throughout the year, can I have one of my graduate students or research associates supervise projects?
Yes of course! Not only will our students get experience in research, the supervisors will gain valuable experience mentoring and guiding their own students.