Research Focus

The Research Focus provides an immersive experience in which students join a research lab to carry out research during their final two academic years, honing their technical skills while learning how to develop research ideas, design experiments, and analyze and communicate scientific data. For students with inquiring minds, this program will fuel your passion for research by allowing you to delve deeply into your areas of interest. By the end of the Research Focus, you will be prepared to hit the ground running in a graduate research degree, or you will be able to apply your research, analysis and communication skills to furthering your career in other directions.

What is the Research Focus?

The Research Focus consists of a suite of five courses in the third and fourth years of study. The third year Research Practicum (BIM 3009 or BIO 3009) and the fourth year Honours Research Project (BIM 4009 or BIO 4009) form the heart of the program. The Research Practicum is a full-year, 6-unit course that combines research in the laboratory of the supervisor with a series of lectures, workshops and seminars designed to introduce the essentials of experimental design. By fourth year, students are ready to take on their own research project, and do so via the Honours research project, a full-year, 9-unit course in which students investigate a research question, reporting their findings in a thesis and as a conference-style poster.  Students graduate with an Honours BSc in Biology (Research Focus) or an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science (Research Focus).

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of 54 units (i.e. entering the 3rd year of study) in the Honours BSc in Biology or Honours BSc in Biomedical Science program;
  • Minimum CGPA of 8.0;
  • A professor from the Faculty of Science must agree to be the supervisor for BIM 3009 or BIO 3009 (the professor’s signature is required on the registration form).

Courses comprising the Research Focus

BIM 3009 or BIO 3009: Research Practicum – 6 units, full-year course

Under the supervision of a professor in the Faculty of Science, the student will participate in a research project designed to broaden the student's knowledge of a selected field of biomedical sciences.  Students will also participate in workshops, lectures, seminars and/or discussions to introduce them to the essentials of experimental design in biomedical sciences.

Course Component: Theory and Laboratory

Prerequisite: Reserved for students registered in an Honours program in Biomedical Science and that have completed a minimum of 54 university units. The student must maintain a minimum CGPA of 8.0. Limited enrollment.

BIO 4158: Applied Biostatistics – 3 units, offered in the Fall term

Applied biostatistics to real problems.  Experimental design and data collection.  Consequences of violating assumptions of different tests.  Monte Carlo and Bootstrap analysis.  Case studies and exercises in using statistical analysis packages.

Course Component: Laboratory, Lecture

Prerequisite: MAT 2379. Limited enrollment. Previously BIO 4118.

BIM 4009 or BIO 4009: Honours Research Project – 9 units, full-year course
BIM 4009 Research Project - Biomedical Science

A two term research project that will be completed under the supervision of a designated professor. Students will present their results in a seminar or as a poster and submit a written report. Students enrolled in the Co-op program should take BIM 4009 during their last full year of studies. Corequisites: BIM 4920, BIM 4921.

Course Component: Recherche / Research

For students in their last full year of the Biomedical Science program who have maintained a minimum overall CGPA of 6.0 or have a GPA of at least 6.0 on their last completed 54 units or permission of the Director of the BIM program.

BIO 4009 Honours Research

This course is more demanding than BIO 4004 and is primarily designed to prepare a student for graduate studies in a selected field of biology. A two session research project will be done under the supervision of a professor in the department. The student is required to prepare a poster and submit to the Department a thesis describing the results of the research project. (Limited enrolment).

Course Component: Theory and Laboratory

Prerequisite: Reserved for students registered in an Honours program in Biology and that have completed a minimum of 81 university units. The student must maintain a minimum CGPA of 6.0. BIO 4920, BIO 4921 are corequisite to BIO 4009. Limited enrollment.

BIM 4920 or BIO 4920: Seminar I Evaluating Science – 1.5 units, offered in the Fall term
BIM 4920 Seminar I Evaluating Science

Through lectures, student seminars, and/or group discussions, students learn how to critically evaluate the quality of the science in research publications. Course sections are created by discipline.

Course Component: Seminar

BIM 4006 or BIM 4009 is corequisite to BIM 4920.

BIO 4920 Seminar I Evaluating Science

Through lectures, student seminars, and/or group discussions, students learn how to critically evaluate the quality of the science in research publications. Course sections are created by discipline and/or language of instruction.

Course Component: Seminar

For students in their last year of a Biology Honours program only.

BIM 4921 or BIO 4921: Seminar II Developing and Communicating Science – 1.5 units, offered in the Winter term
BIM 4921 Seminar II Developing and Communicating Science

Through lectures, student seminars, and/or group discussions, students learn how to construct research proposals that feature high quality science. Course sections are created by discipline.

Course Component: Seminar

Prerequisite: BIM 4920.

BIO 4921 Seminar II Developing and Communicating Science

Through lectures, student seminars, and/or group discussions, students learn how to construct research proposals that feature high quality science. Course sections are created by discipline and/or language of instruction.

Course Component: Seminar

Prerequisite: BIO 4920. For students in their last year of a Biology Honours program only. Registration in BIO 4921 is to the same section as in BIO 4920.

Registration

To register for the Research Focus, please download the registration form for your own program available in the appropriate section. Deliver the completed form (which  must include the signature of the proposed supervisor) to the Office of Undergraduate Programs (GNN 172).Registration will open as of May 12th, 2018 and the last day to enrol for the Fall 2018 term is August 31st, 2018.

Please note that the Research Focus...

  • Can be combined with any one of the Options in BIO (Cellular/molecular, Ecology/evolution/behaviour, Physiology) or BIM (Bioanalytical Science, Biostatistics, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry, Neuroscience)
  • Can be combined with the extended French stream
  • is not available with the Co-operative Education program
  • is not compatible with a Minor
  • In addition, students cannot use the same research experience for both a UROP project and the Research Practicum (BIM 3009 or BIO 3009).
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