One of IPN's distinctive features is that it is inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary; our supervisors are affiliated with various programs within the University, and hence, our students have the option of conducting their research that touch upon multiple neuroscientific themes.
Since our supervisors are associated with various departments, our research sites are numerous and are populated across McGill campus and the city of Montreal. Our multiple research environments consisting of outstanding trainees explain why Montreal is home to one of the highest concentrations of neuroscientists in North America.
We ensure that our students are supported beyond the classroom and laboratory; Our student society, Graduate Students' Association for Neuroscience (GSAN), brings our students together by organizing many workshops and events, such as the 3-Minute Thesis Competition and Spring Formal.
Furthermore, our students understand the importance of giving back to the community. Our student-run community outreach group, BrainReach, is a non-profit award-winning group that aims to teach basic neuroscience to elementary and high school students across the province, including the rural communities.
IPN students have the opportunity to apply for multiple awards and fellowships.Between 2015 and 2018, IPN students received 220 competitive fellowships and 91 federal and provincial awards, which include 10 Vanier CGS awards.
IPN organizes various events, both small and large, to promote the dissemination of scientific knowledge and collaboration amongst its student body. One of our biggest events of the year is our Retreat, a two-day academic gathering featuring a keynote lecture, multiple symposia led by our students and principal investigators, professional development workshop, student poster presentations, and more.