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McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

Research-Based Learning


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Students in the Honours Life Sciences program can take advantage of many Independent Study courses offered in the program. Students interested in graduate school and career options in academia and research are encouraged to enroll in LIFE SCI 3RP3, 4A03, 4B09 or 4C12.

The following courses satisfy Experiential Learning Requirements (Course List C) in the Life Sciences Programs.

LIFESCI 3RP3: Research Practicum

We advise you to seek research opportunities that can be completed remotely in the Fall term. Examples are meta analysis, literature review articles, data analysis such as bioinformatic projects etc. Currently (June 15 2020) on-site laboratory research depends on previous training and is subjected to University and specific department regulations to maintain physical distance.  This may or may not change for the Fall (Phase 2 of return to research has not been announced yet). Therefore, approval of fall placements that require laboratory work and depend on training can only be granted after the change in the current regulation.

You should reach out immediately to potential supervisors at McMaster University to inquire if they will have any such opportunities.

Contact sisip@mcmaster.ca in case you are having difficulty . We cannot guarantee or find a placement for you but we will try our best to assist you in connecting with a potential supervisor/placement.

The due date for a complete application is August 10th

The research practicum course provides students in the Life Sciences programs an opportunity to explore potential research projects while volunteering in the laboratory or clinic of a faculty member at McMaster University. The student will complete a research proposal in addition to the placement.

LIFE SCI 4A03/4B09/4C12/4D15 : Project & Thesis Courses

We advise you to seek research opportunities that can be completed remotely for the completion of your thesis work. Examples are meta analysis, literature review articles, data analysis such as bioinformatic projects etc. Currently, (June 15 2020) on-site laboratory research depends on previous training and is subjected to University and specific department regulations to maintain physical distance.  This may or may not change for the Fall (Phase 2 of return to research has not been announced yet). Therefore, approval of all thesis courses that require laboratory work in the Fall and depend on training can only be granted after the change in the current regulation

You should reach out immediately to potential supervisors at McMaster University to inquire if they will have any such opportunities.

Contact sisip@mcmaster.ca in case you are having difficulty . We cannot guarantee or find a placement for you but we will try our best to assist you in connecting with a potential supervisor/placement.

The due date for a complete application is August 10th

Which Independent Study Course is right for you?

Course Comparison Chart

Download (PowerPoint) Guide to Applying for Independent Studies and Experiential Placement for the application process and tips to find a supervisor.

Questions? Contact the Experiential Education Coordinator, Dr. Sunita Nadella, at sisip@mcmaster.ca

 

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