Spring 2019 - SCI 191 D100

Introduction to Modern Scientific Research (1)

Class Number: 5134

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Mon, 12:30–1:20 p.m.



Introduction to research being performed in the Faculty of Science. Students attend seminars in which current research topics in the Faculty of Science are introduced at a level suitable for first and second year students. This course spans disciplines in the Faculty of Science.


This one-credit seminar course will expose undergraduate students, especially those in first- and second-year, to a broad array of research topics conducted by science faculty and students. Seminars will be held every alternate Monday from 12:30 to 1:20 pm. The course will be offered through the fall and into the spring semester. Grades will be based on attendance (50%) and brief write-ups on seminar topics presented (50%).

Class Schedule

Monday, Jan 21st
Prof. Andrew P. Blaber (BPK)

Monday, Jan 28th
Prof. Derek Bingham (Statistics and Actuarial Science)

Monday, Feb 4th
Prof. Caroline Colijn (Mathematics)

Monday, Feb 11th
Prof. Robert Britton (Chemistry)

Monday, Feb 25th
Prof. Stephanie Simmons (Physics)

Monday, Mar 4th
Prof. Nicholas K. Dulvy (Biology)

Monday, Mar 11th
Prof. Brent Ward (Earth Sciences)

Monday, Mar 25th
Prof. Bernd Stelzer (Physics)

Monday, Apr 1st
Prof. Krzysztof Starosta (Chemistry, Nuclear Science)

Mon, Apr 8th
Prof. Peter Unrau (MBB)


  • Attendance 50%
  • Brief Write-Ups on Seminar Topics Presented 50%


  • Attendance at each class will be worth 5% of the final class grade. The class spans 10 weeks (10 seminars) for a total of 50%.
  • Students will be graded on 4 papers on the 4 seminars they enjoyed the most, worth 12.5% each for a total of 50% of the final class grade.

Registrar Notes:

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