Research projects BIO4004 & BIO4009 | BIM4006 & BIM4009

Welcome to your Biology Research Project Home page. Located at this site should be all you need to know when it comes to the Biology Honours program. You will use these pages frequently, so get used to navigating through this site. It contains critical information regarding BIO 4900 Honours Seminar on Virtual Campus and your Honours Project should you be taking BIO 4004 or 4009. For those students in the Biomedical Science program taking BIM 4006 or BIM 4009, you will find below all the information you require. As a Department, we hope that this year is rewarding and prepares you for a future career that involves biology!

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We are cautiously optimistic that honours projects in the 2021-2022 year will be able to return to the normal, in-person format, although this plan is subject to public health guidelines at the time. Individual circumstances may also require accommodation in some cases. Overall, our focus is on a safety-first, but in-person, BIO/BIM 4009 program for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Instructions for Submission of Outlines, Reports, Abstracts and Theses

The instructions below apply to the submission of all components for BIO 4004, BIO 4009, BIM 4006, and BIM 4009.  Deadlines for submission, and other specific requirements, may vary between courses. Therefore, please refer to the specific Course Outlines for additional information.

All components for the BIO and BIM thesis courses (except posters for BIO/BIM 4009) will be submitted to the Department of Biology via Virtual Campus using the new platform, called Brightspace.

The Project Outline and the Progress Report must be approved by the supervisor (and co-supervisor, if applicable) before submission. Approval may be obtained by a signature on the document, and then submitting a scanned image of the document via Virtual Campus/Brightspace. Alternatively, students may obtain an email from their supervisors, indicating that the document has been approved; this must then be attached to the submitted document as a .pdf file or a scanned image.

As an important note, students may not be permitted to submit their final Thesis if an approved Project Outline and Progress Report have not been received.

An Abstract for the Thesis must also be submitted via Virtual Campus/Brightspace, but it does not need to be approved by the supervisor.  The Abstract should be a summary of the Thesis so far, and will be used to produce and Abstract Book for the Poster Session. The Abstract will not be graded.

Each student will submit the final Thesis by doing both of the following:

  1. Submit the final version of the Thesis directly to the supervisor and co-supervisor. This may be in .pdf or hard copy. Please consult with your supervisor to determine which form they prefer. This version of the Thesis will be graded.
  2. Submit an electronic version of the Thesis to the Department of Biology using Virtual Campus/Brightspace. This version will be archived for our records.
BIO4004: Honours Research Project - Course Outline (3 credits)

Description:

This course is primarily designed for students interested in obtaining research experience in a selected field of biology. A two-session research project will be carried out under the supervision of a principal investigator, typically a professor in the Department of Biology. It is also possible to work under the supervision of a professor in other departments at uOttawa or a researcher in governmental laboratory or in other research institutions, although a professor in Biology will need to act as a co-supervisor. Limited enrollment.

Prerequisite: Students must be in their 4th year of study of the Honours B.Sc. with Specialization in Biology with a minimum CGPA of 4.5.

Corequisite: BIO4900

BIO4004 Guide

Important dates and information to remember

  1. Project outline - October 8, 2021
    • A title and an outline on one page of your project. This outline must be approved by your research supervisor.
  2. Progress report - January 14, 2022
    • A progress report not to exceed two pages. This report is to be graded by the supervisor or co-supervisor if applicable.
  3. Thesis - April 18, 2022
    • The final thesis in PDF format must be submitted to the Department of Biology. Take into account the time required for your supervisor(s) and  the external evaluators, they will need to evaluate your thesis and  submit your final mark. This report is to be approved by the supervisor or co-supervisor if applicable.
    • No extension will be given without a medical note.
  4. Final grade from evaluators - May 2, 2022
BIO4009: Honours Research Project - Course Outline (9 credits)

Description:

This course is primarily designed for students interested in obtaining research experience in a selected field of biology. A two-session research project will be carried out under the supervision of a principal investigator, typically a professor in the Department of Biology. It is also possible to work under the supervision of a professor in other departments at uOttawa or a researcher in governmental laboratory or in other research institutions, although a professor in Biology will need to act as a co-supervisor. The student is required to prepare a poster and submit to the Department a thesis describing the results of the research project. Limited enrollment.

Prerequisite: The student must be in her or his 4th year of study of the Honours B.Sc. with specialization in biology with a minimum CGPA of 6.0.

Corequisite: BIO4900

BIO4009 Guide

Important dates and information to remember

  1. Project outline - October 8, 2021
    • A title and an outline on one page of your project. This outline must be approved by your research supervisor.
  2. Progress report - January 14, 2022
    • A progress report not to exceed two pages. This report is to be graded by the supervisor or co-supervisor if applicable.
  3. Thesis abstract - April 8, 2022
    • The thesis is to be written in the style of an original scientific article in the field (see formats of scientific journals in the field and consult your supervisor and co-supervisor if applicable). You must submit an electronic copy of your Abstract, with your name and that of your supervisor(s) and thesis title.
  4. Thesis - April 18, 2022
    • The final thesis in PDF format must be submitted to the Department of Biology. Take into account the time required for your supervisor(s) and the external evaluators, they will need to evaluate your thesis and  submit your final mark. This report is to be approved by the supervisor or co-supervisor if applicable.
    • No extension will be given without a medical note.
  5. Poster Day - April 11, 2022 (Location to be determined following COVID regulations)
    • No deferral possible without a medical note
    • Please refer to the section below for more details
  6. Final grade from evaluators - May 2, 2022

Poster presentation

At the end of the winter session (April), you must present a poster summarizing your research. The poster presentation is compulsory and counts for 20% of the final grade. The poster will be evaluated by two external evaluators. The total poster should fit into a 1.0m by 1.0 m space.

  • The quality of material presentation (4 pts)
  • The scientific content (8 pts)
  • Your ability to explain and defend your research (8 pts).

John Armstrong Prize for Best Poster

BIM4006: Research Project in Biomedical Science (6 credits)

A one session 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. For students in their last 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 credits or permission from the Director of the BIM program. Students interested in completing an Honours project should take BIM4009 that lasts two sessions. BIM4006 aims to accommodate students who for exceptional reasons can not complete an Honours project over two consecutive sessions. Any registration to BIM4006 must be approved by the Director of the BIM program.

Corequisites: BIM4920, BIM4921.

Important dates and information to remember

  1. Progress report - February 14, 2022
    • A progress report not to exceed two pages. This report is to be approved by the supervisor or co-supervisor if applicable.
  2. Thesis - April 18, 2022
    • The final thesis in PDF format must be submitted to the Department of Biology. Take into account the time required for your supervisor(s) and  the external evaluators, they will need to evaluate your thesis and submit your final mark. This report is to be approved by the supervisor or co-supervisor if applicable.
    • No extension will be given without a medical note.
  3. Final grade from evaluators - May 2, 2022
BIM4009: Research Project in Biomedical Science (9 credits)

A two session 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. 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 credits or permission of the Director of the BIM program. Students enrolled in the Co-op program should take BIM4009 during their last full year of studies.

Corequisites: BIM4920, BIM4921.

BIM4009 Guide

Important dates and information to remember

  1. Project outline - October 8, 2021
    • A title and an outline on one page of your project. This outline must be approved by your research supervisor.
  2. Progress report - January 14, 2022
    • A progress report not to exceed two pages. This report is to be graded by the supervisor or co-supervisor if applicable.
  3. Thesis abstract - April 8, 2022
    • The thesis is to be written in the style of an original scientific article in the field (see formats of scientific journals in the field and consult your supervisor and co-supervisor if applicable). You must submit an electronic copy of your Abstract, with your name and that of your supervisor(s) and thesis title.
  4. Thesis - April 18, 2022
    • The final thesis in PDF format must be submitted to the Department of Biology. Take into account the time required for your supervisor(s) and the external evaluators, they will need to evaluate your thesis and submit your final mark. This report is to be approved by the supervisor or co-supervisor if applicable.
    • No extension will be given without a medical note.
  5. Poster Day - April 11, 2022 (Location to be determined following COVID regulations)
    • No deferral possible without a medical note
    • Please refer to the section below for more details
  6. Final grade from evaluators - May 2, 2022

Poster presentation

At the end of the winter session (April), you must present a poster summarizing your research. The poster presentation is compulsory and counts for 20% of the final grade. The poster will be evaluated by two external evaluators. The total poster should fit into a 1.0 m by 1.0 m space.

  • The quality of material presentation (4 pts)
  • The scientific content (8 pts)
  • Your ability to explain and defend your research (8 pts).

John Armstrong Prize for Best Poster

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