Completing a graduate program in an experimental science is a challenging task. Dedication, concentration and continuity of purpose are fundamental ingredients for success. Students should be aware that the opportunity to perform scientific research and to train in a research setting is a privilege. In experimental studies with animals and human volunteers, the highest ethical and technical standards must be observed.
Every effort should be made to ensure that the research will lead to publishable results that will benefit the scientific community and the community at large.
Long-term success as a research scientist requires a breadth of knowledge beyond the thesis topic and the ability to adopt new approaches as the discipline develops. The development of novel approaches or techniques and participation in collaborative research at the Western University or at other is encouraged. Students should attend and present their work at international meetings such as the Society for Neuroscience and at international and national conferences in their area of specialization to disseminate their research findings and to establish personal and professional contacts within the broader research community.