Experiential learning courses help students apply knowledge and gain experience

Students in the Life Science program are finding that experiential education courses helps them find career and academic paths to follow. The courses offered by the School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS) give third and fourth year students in McMaster’s Life Sciences program have the opportunity to explore future options. The courses, which are mandatory in the program, provide students with the chance to apply their knowledge and gain real-world experience, while learning about potential career paths or areas of future academic interest. 

Opportunities range from shadowing a professional in a science-related workplace ranging from a dentist’s office or pharmacy, to a volunteer organization or a research lab. Students can also choose to complete a research thesis or a mentorship experience within the McMaster community.

You can read more about the courses and students’ experiences on The Daily News.

Kinesiology wins big at CSEP annual meeting

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) recognized four people from Kinesiology at their annual meeting held in Niagara Falls from October 31 to November 2, 2018. Winners included:
  • Dean of the Faculty of Science, Maureen MacDonald received the Mentorship Award for her dedication and mentorship to students and faculty members.
  • Audrey Hicks, professor and Associate Chair Undergraduate Program, received the Honour Award, CSEP’s highest recognition. The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to exercise physiology in Canada. She is the first female recipient in the history of the Society. Hicks was also named one of eight individuals recognized with inaugural Fellowship in the Society.
  • PhD candidate Lauren Skelly won the Graduate Student Award – Poster Competition. Her research examined the role of exercise intensity and contraction pattern on skeletal muscle adaptations to training.
  • PhD candidate Hilary Caldwell was a finalist for the Graduate Student Award – Oral Competition. Caldwell works with the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program.
Congratulations to everyone. CSEP is a voluntary organization composed of professionals interested and involved in the scientific study of exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, fitness and health. It was founded at the Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967 – the result of four years of cooperative efforts by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

McMaster Again One of Canada’s Best Universities in Recently Released Rankings

It has been a great fall for McMaster. For the second consecutive year, the University has been named Canada’s most research-intensive university in the annual ranking of the country’s Top 50 Research Universities. McMaster researchers brought in $379.9 million in total sponsored research income, achieving a research intensity of averaging $434,700 per faculty member. Research intensity has increased from last year and more than double the national average, according to the 2018 Research Infosource rankings released in October.

Earlier this month, McMaster University has jumped two places to No. 4 on the Maclean’s annual rankings of Canadian universities, in the category for universities with a broad range of research and PhD programs, including medical schools. Student satisfaction was one of the key drivers that pushed McMaster higher in Maclean’s rankings.

The University improved to 77th from 78th in the World University Rankings, published by Times Higher Education, and was ranked fourth among Canadian institutions. These rankings evaluate world-class universities against a host of performance indicators, including research, teaching, internationalization and more. The ranking places McMaster among the top one per cent of universities in the world. 

Science Congratulates Our Three Vanier Scholars

The Faculty of Science celebrates our three new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients: Carmen Lee, Oliver Wearing and Scott Laengert. They have been awarded the Government of Canada’s most prestigious awards for doctoral students.

  • Meet Vanier Carmen Lee, who is studying how nano-thin films can lead to better smart phones. She will be working with supervisor Kari Dalnoki-Veress, Physics & Astronomy.
  • Meet Vanier Scholar Oliver Wearing, who studies mice living in extreme environments and how they adapt. He is working with supervisor Graham Scott, Biology.
  • Meet Vanier Scholar Scott Laengert,  whose work with silicone polymers could help discover new silcone materials while reducing their environmental impact. He is working with supervisor Mike Brook, Chemistry & Chemical Biology.

The program provides $50,000 per year for up to three years to students who demonstrate academic excellence, research potential and leadership ability. Up to 166 awards are distributed each year by three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This year, 10 McMaster students received Vanier scholarships.

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