McMaster Engineering is committed to supporting student career success and employability. We are investing in enhancing skill development through extracurricular activities and more closely integrating learning and discovery inside and outside of the classroom.
As is evident to all on our campus, engineering students are highly engaged in extracurricular activities that support their development of engineering skills and critical thinking. While the Faculty is supportive of their efforts and appreciative of the value that participation in clubs and teams brings to the Faculty, there is more that can be done to connect the learning that takes place both inside and outside of the classroom.
As we enhance experiential learning, our graduates will gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. In turn, our Faculty will gain a competitive advantage in recruiting exemplary students.
Among other facets, enhanced experiential learning through McMaster Engineering involves:
- Professional development training for undergraduate and graduate students to help them understand and successfully transition from student to professional.
- Professional development and leadership training for students engaged in clubs and teams, particularly the executive members of these student-run organizations.
- Support for documenting these activities in learning portfolios.
- Professional development training and support for students entering engineering competitions.
- Development of a vertically integrated mentoring program involving undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni, along with industry and community partners.
- Development and oversight of a Community Engagement Certificate program where students learn through modules for topics related to civic engagement, and complete an independent community-based project.
- Development of an assessment model for extracurricular activities, with the potential for assigning academic credit to these activities. This model and associated best practices will be shared with others across our campus.