Advanced Research Project Courses

The Advanced Research Project courses (Biochemistry 4999E, Physiology and Pharmacology 4999E) are intended for students interested in pursuing graduate-level research. These courses are generally completed during Year 4, in addition to all remaining 4000-level modular courses and electives, and following the completion of the Year 4 Research Project course (Biochemistry 4483E, Physiology and Pharmacology 4980E) in the prior summer.

Biochemistry 4999E

This laboratory course also includes lectures on literature searches, data mining, and effective communication; an independent research project (topic and advisor chosen by consultation between student and faculty); scientific communication (introduction to topic, mid-year report, seminar).

Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry 4483E or 4486E, and permission of the department.

The Advanced Research Project (Biochemistry 4999E, 1.0 credit) is offered in the fall-winter terms. The Advanced Research Project is intended for students who are enthusiastic about scientific research and would like to gain additional experience and/or proceed to the graduate program immediately after completion of their undergraduate studies (see Accelerated MSc). The Advanced Research Project can be conducted in the same laboratory as the Year 4 Summer Honors Research Project, or a different laboratory.

Importantly, students enrolled in the Advanced Research Project will be assigned an “advisory committee,” analogous in function to the graduate advisory committees currently in place for MSc and PhD students. The supervisor and advisory committee together will be responsible for providing input into the research program, as well the student’s development as a scientist.

Physiology and Pharmacology 4999E

The Advanced Research Project in Physiology and Pharmacology (1.0 credit) is a laboratory course intended for students interested in pursuing graduate-level research in Physiology or Pharmacology. The courses consist of lectures on experimental design, bioethics, statistical analysis, oral and written scientific communication, critical evaluation of scientific literature, and preparation of grant proposals; literature review of research area; attending research seminars; and development of an independent research project. A major component of this course will involve 12 hours per week of independent research.

This course is offered in the fall-winter terms. It is intended for students who have completed the summer offering of Physiology and Pharmacology 4980E, and who wish to pursue the Accelerated Masters (MSc) option in Physiology and Pharmacology. The experimental work of this course can be conducted in the same laboratory as Physiology and Pharmacology 4980E, or with a different supervisor.