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Title: Life Sciences Program Independent Study Information Night

Life Sciences ProgramIndependent Study
Information Night
February 2014
What is a Research Practicum ?
  • Provides students an opportunity to explore
    potential research projects while volunteering in
    the laboratory or clinic of a faculty member in
    Science or Health Sciences
  • Students will complete 60 hours of practicum work
    in the laboratory or clinic over one term
  • Students will be required to complete a research
    proposal as a final graded deliverable for the

3RP3 - Prerequisites
  • Credit or registration in SCIENCE 2C00
  • Registration in Level III or above of Life
  • Permission from
  • Research Supervisor
  • Director of Life Sciences (or delegate)
  • Completion of the required application form

3RP3 - Course Restrictions
  • LIFE SCI 3RP3 is not open to students with credit
    or registration in the following courses at the
  • Department- or program-based applied placement
  • Independent Study
  • Research Seminar
  • Internship
  • Practicum course
  • Students may not take LIFE SCI 3RP3 and an
    Independent Study Course concurrently
  • LIFE SCI 3RP3 must precede an Independent Study
    Course but is not a required prerequisite for
    LIFE SCI 4A03, 4B06, 4C09

What is an Independent Study?
  • LIFE SCI 4A03, 4B06, 4C09
  • 1- or 2-term course with one supervisor
  • Conduct Independent research or investigation
  • Formulate a scientific hypothesis
  • Design and conduct research to support or refute
  • Learn and utilize research techniques
  • Apply statistics
  • Present results and analyses in a written thesis
  • Oral or poster presentation

4A03, 4B06, 4C09 - Prerequisites
  • Registration in Level IV of Honours Life Sciences
  • Requires permission of the supervising faculty
    member and course coordinator
  • LIFE SCI 4A03
  • LIFE SCI 4B06 CA of 7.0
  • LIFE SCI 4C09 CA of 8.5

4A03/4B06/4C09 Time Commitment
  • LIFE SCI 4A03 6-9 hours/week over 1 term
  • LIFE SCI 4B06 9-12 hours/week over 2 terms
  • LIFE SCI 4C09 15-18 hours/week over 2 terms

How are you evaluated? 4A03
The marking scheme for the one term independent
study course is as follows. Literature Review
    20 Lab/Clinic/Field/Computer 30 Formal
Presentation 20 Final Research Proposal
Report 30
How are you evaluated? 4B06/4C09
The marking scheme for project and thesis courses
are as follows. Research Proposal/Lit Review  
  10 Mid-year assessment 
          15 Written
final report or thesis 25 Lab/Clinic/Field/
Computer             30 Final
presentation in lab meeting, Ontario Biology Day
or Life Sci Interdisciplinary Research Symposium 
LS 4A/B/C are optional except for students in
Origins specializationMust take ORIGINS 4A09
  • These courses require the supervision of a
    professor from the Faculty of Science or Faculty
    of Health Sciences.
  • It is YOUR responsibility to find a supervising
    faculty member for your project
  • Further Supervisor search tips are available on
    the Life Sciences website.

Finding a suitable research supervisor in Faculty
of Science
  • Use the following links to Department and Faculty
    websites to find potential Academic supervisors

Department Department Faculty Website
Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences http//
Biology http//
Chemistry and Chemical Biology http//
Geography and Earth Sciences (including Environmental Sciences) http//
Kinesiology http//
Mathematics and Statistics http//
Med Physics Applied Rad Sci http//
Physics Astronomy (Biophysics) http//
Psychology, Neuroscience Behaviour http//
Finding a suitable research supervisor in Faculty
of Health Science
  • There are too many departments in the Faculty of
    Health Sciences to list here
  • The following link is a good starting place
  • Explore the Departments that interest you and
    look for potential faculty members to contact for
    an interview

Then what?
Contact the professor!
  • Send an email inquiry, introducing yourself,
    indicating your interestbe specific about what
    research you would like to do explain that you
    are looking for a supervisor for a project or a
    thesis, and would like an appointment to discuss
    potential research topics
  • If you have taken a course with the professor,
    let him/her know that, and if you have a list of
    courses or an unofficial transcript, include that
    as an attachment
  • You want to impress the professor and sell
    yourself as being an asset to the research group
  • Do not simply say Are you taking on any more
  • Do this all relatively briefly

When should you do this?
  • If you are in Level 2, start looking for a
    supervisor at the beginning of Level 3 (October
    and November)
  • Offer to complete a Life Sci 3RP3 (Life Sciences
    Research Practicum) with the professor in the
    spring or summer term or in Level 3 so you can
    learn more about their research.

Who will you really be working with?
  • In many instances, the day-to-day training will
    be with post-docs or graduate students in the lab
  • You may not meet with your supervisor more than
    once or twice a month or once weekly during lab
  • Sometimes, however, you may work very closely
    with the professor---it all depends on your
  • SO ASK YOUR potential supervisor about this
    BEFORE you start the project if this is important
    to you.

Forum for presenting your results
  • Ontario Biology Day
  • Conference held annually in March and rotates
    around 12 universities in the province.
  • Lab Meetings
  • Conferences

Forum for presenting your results
  • Life Sciences Interdisciplinary Research
    Symposium (LS-IRS)
  • Run by the Life Sciences Program for HLS
  • 2014 Event April 1
  • Ewart Angus, HSC-1A area
  • All welcome to attend oral and poster
    presentations of current students.

Application deadlines
LIFE SCI 3RP3 30 days prior to the start of the
term in which the course takes
place LIFE SCI 4A03 Fall Term 1 July 1
Winter Term 2 November 1 Spring/Summer
March 1 LIFE SCI 4B06/4C09 Spring/Summer March
1 Fall/Winter March 31
Note these deadlines are for submission of
forms, but you are strongly encouraged to contact
a Faculty member as soon as possible to arrange
Examples of Past Projects
Tooth Development in Sea Urchins. 3 unit project
Department of Biology
Newborn genetic screening. 6 unit
project Biochemical Genetics Program
Examples of Past Projects
Molecular markers of heart disease. 3 unit
project Department of Pathology Molecular
Cell cycle regulation in flies. 9 unit project
Department of Biology
Examples of Past Projects
Bone density and maternal health Biochemistry
and Health Sciences
Basic Research (Lab Bench). -drug discovery
Group projects with Dr. Dej and Dr. Gupta
Nematode phylogenies These projects give
students the opportunity to work independently
while still acquiring the skill of coming back
together in a group to aggregate and analyze the
collected data.
Field with Dr. Chow-Fraser
  • Field opportunity
  • In partnership with Hamilton Naturalist Club,
    determine the ecological status of endangered
    species such as the flowering dogwood and
    American chestnut in Spooky Hollow
  • Conduct long-term monitoring of streams and
    wetlands in Hamilton region or in the Bruce

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