We publish a list of projects currently available in our research labs.
Participating in research is immensely valuable, whether or not you intend to pursue graduate studies. Undergraduate research provides
- an opportunity to see what research is really like, rather than just reading about it in textbooks
- work experience, giving you a better idea of what sort of work you do/ don’t like
- a deeper understanding of a particular field of Biology
- close contact with a faculty member. This is particularly valuable in terms of enabling a prof to get to know you really well, which will enable them to write a really good letter of reference for you, e.g., be able to comment on your organisational abilities, ability to work independently, common sense, work ethic, etc.
There are numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to gain hands-on research experience, including courses such as BISC 298, BISC497W, BISC498, BISC499, an independent study semester (ISS), and NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA). BISC497W, BISC498, and BISC499 are each worth 3 credits, and so in terms of workload/ intensity are roughly equivalent to a normal BISC course. An ISS is worth 15 credits and involves working with a supervisor full time for one semester, during which time you will write a research proposal, carry out independent research, write a report and present it orally to a committee – just like an MSc or PhD, but quicker. An NSERC USRA pays you to work in a lab full time for one semester. You can do any of these options in any semester, although the deadline for the NSERC USRA is in January, regardless of when you intend to hold the award.
Procedure to Register in Undergraduate Research Courses (BISC 298, BISC 497W, 498, 499, ISS)
- See the supervisor/instructor and work out the details and expectations (including the hours and dates). Give a copy (paper or email) of your transcript to the Instructor.
- Fill out and submit the online Application Form.
- Once approved, email the BISC Undergraduate Advisor for final approval (Rm. B8270) with your advising transcript attached.
- Students whose applications have been approved will be enrolled in the research course normally after the third week of registration period.
- Application deadline is the fifth day of classes.