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Research Seminar 1

Research Seminar 1 (BIOC 701, Junior Seminar)

Grade: Pass/Fail


A Research Seminar must be presented by all M.Sc. students in the Department who plan to proceed to the Ph.D. degree, as well as students who enter the Department at the Ph.D. level. The Research Seminar MUST be presented in the third (3rd) semester of graduate studies (normally held in November for those students admitted in September and April/May for those admitted in January).

Before the Research Seminar 1 presentation is scheduled, the composition of the student's Research Advisory Committee (RAC) must be set, and the names of the committee members must be submitted to the Student Affairs Officer (SAO). A RAC meeting must also be held in the year preceding the scheduling of the seminar and a copy of the report showing approval to present must be on file before scheduling will be allowed.

Research Seminar 1 (also referred to as the Junior Seminar) involves a 20 minute presentation of the student's proposed research work for a Ph.D. before all staff and graduate students in the Department, followed by a 10 minute discussion period. On a date set by the SAO, the student must submit for circulation to all Department members, a Title and Summary of the research proposal complete with background and pertinent references. This summary should be emailed to the SAO, Christine Laberge . The length of this summary should not exceed one single-spaced page (12 pt).

Students will be notified by email concerning the deadline for submission of a title and summary.

The format of the presentation should include background, experimental approach, significance of the proposed research and any preliminary results, if available. The presentation should also be comprehensible to a general audience and to minimize the use of abbreviations or provide a list of abbreviations prior to the presentation.

All faculty members evaluate the Junior Seminar on the basis of:

  1. Presentation;
  2. Background knowledge of the proposed research;
  3. Suitability for a Ph.D. and feasibility of the proposed research.

A summary of departmental member’s evaluations of the Research Seminar, compiled by the Chair of the GAC, will be sent to the student and the supervisor, and a copy is added to the student's file.

To pass, a student must be considered “Strong” in all three categories. A student with “Weak” evaluations will systematically be asked to appear in front of the GAC.

The purpose of the Research Seminar is to provide a forum for the student to present a sound and well thought out scientific proposal before the Department and at the same time to provide a mechanism for constructive feedback to the student from the staff as a whole.