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Athabasca University

Research at AU

Athabasca University is a Comprehensive Academic and Research Institute (CARI) committed to the highest professional standards of scholarly research and research ethics. AU's research includes a wide range of creative and innovative scholarly activity.

Our areas of research

AU has built an international reputation for research in all aspects of open and distance education and learning technologies innovation. We also focus on interdisciplinary research areas that include:

  • business
  • computing science
  • environment and sustainability
  • globalization and cultural studies
  • Indigenous education
  • nursing and health
  • labour and Canadian studies
  • space science and astronomy
  • technology-enhanced online and distributed learning
  • workplace and community education

We also recognize the importance of supporting new and emerging areas of research.

Research chairs

Research chairs play a vital role in enhancing AU’s research and research training, and in attracting and retaining other exceptional researchers. AU currently holds provincial, national and international research chair positions.

Student research

Research is a key part of the graduate degree experience. That’s why we place a high priority on providing our students with research opportunities.

Through your graduate research, you will make your own contributions to your field of study while completing an important milestone in your academic career. AU recognizes both inquiry-based and creative learning, so you can investigate the questions that move you.

Hands-on experience

In addition to completing your own master’s or doctoral research project, as a graduate student you may have the opportunity to work with AU faculty as a research assistant. Openings are posted as they become available.

Undergraduate research

AU also supports undergraduate research. If you are studying engineering or the natural sciences, you can apply for NSERC’s $4,500 Undergraduate Student Research Awards. AU provides an additional financial supplement to award winners.

Each award provides 16 weeks of full-time research work experience in an academic setting.

If you would like to work with an AU faculty member in your area of interest, please contact the Research Centre.

Updated March 26 2018 by Research

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.