First Year Seminar offers incoming students a chance to take just one class in their first three weeks—and gain skills and friendships that will see them through to graduation.

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Geoffrey Dipple hasn’t decided what to tipple: pale ale or brown ale?

The chair of the University of Alberta Augustana campus’s social science department is in the midst of teaching a three-week block course covering everything from Animal House to zymurgy, the chemistry of fermentation. During their first taste of post-secondary education, students will visit Dipple’s home kitchen to brew a batch of beer. 

It’s all part of First Year Seminar, an innovative program at Augustana where all new students take one and only one class for the first three weeks. Students choose from one of 15 themes—such as beer, superheroes or dinosaurs—while picking up the skills and friendships that will take them to graduation. 

The long game of short courses

Augustana realigned its semesters in 2017 into a unique configuration: a three-week bl...

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Retired federal judge goes back to university to tackle next challenge

Influential Indigenous judge retires from Federal Court of Canada to promote Aboriginal restorative justice through graduate studies.

Among the thousands of new students on campus this week is one you wouldn’t necessarily expect to
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Young transplant recipient gets 3-D models of his damaged heart

U of A project helps families, patients and medical trainees visualize congenital heart defects.

When Mason Thomas needed a heart transplant at age six, he asked to see his damaged heart so he
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U of A summer programs bring underrepresented youth closer to professions in health care and research

HYRS Research Program and Venture Healthcare provide a first look into health sciences for young students.

Patricia Feng spent six weeks of her summer vacation discovering research labs, making new friends,
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How babies absorb calcium could be key to treating osteoporosis in seniors

U of A researchers first to reveal how breastfed infants are able to take in large amounts of calcium to build bones.

New research reveals the mechanism that allows breastfeeding babies to absorb large amounts of