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Documentary Series: Sowing the seeds of inquiry

This documentary series, “Sowing the seeds of inquiry: Undergraduate teaching and learning at a research university” profiles a number of McGill professors who engage their undergraduate students with research and/or scholarship as part of their coursework. Each short documentary combines interviews with a professor and one-two students with classroom footage--in one case the classroom is Mont St. Hilaire! Check this space periodically for new additions to this series.

Sowing the seeds of inquiry: Highlights

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This documentary contains highlights drawn from the complete series, and showcases five  McGill professors who promote their undergraduate students' understanding of research and scholarship.

Learning to observe

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Prof. Chris Buddle, Natural Resource Sciences
ENVB 222: St Lawrence Ecosystems

Prof. Buddle takes his undergraduate students on a field trip to Mont St. Hilaire where they learn the value of observation first-hand.

Learning to appreciate the basics

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Prof. Yogita Chudasama, Psychology
PSYC 211: Introductory Behavioural Neuroscience

Prof. Yogita Chudasama introduces a class of almost 600 to the methods of behavioural neuroscience. Prof. Chudasama connects the course material to discoveries made at McGill and elsewhere, and students are encouraged to ask questions and get involved.

Joining a community of researchers

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Prof. Andre Costopoulos, Anthropology

Students working individually on honours theses and independent studies benefit from working together in weekly meetings led by Prof. Costopoulos.

Making connections and thinking critically

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Prof. Maggie Kilgour, English Literature
ENGL 501: 16th Century Literature

Prof. Kilgour encourages students to explore how literary texts are linked through time and teaches students how to develop interpretations based on evidence.

Thinking like a researcher

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Prof. Nigel Roulet, Geography
GEOG 501: Modelling Environmental Systems

Developing a holistic approach to solving problems is the goal for students in this course on modeling environmental systems. Prof. Roulet explains how he encourages this approach while teaching in one of the new classrooms at McGill.