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Finally Free

 

freedom-clipart-escapeWell another year has passed and the semester has come to an end! Congratulations everyone on making it through another semester. Finals are the worst part of every year, and even if you don’t ace your exam, grades are NOT all that matter. Jobs and grad schools look at your extracurricular activities and work experience. So don’t worry if you didn’t do as well as you wanted to on an exam.

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Laboratory Research

rat_cartoonBy now I’m sure most of you know that science is not my field of study, therefore I have little to offer in terms of information regarding science related research positions or careers. In an effort to balance out the subject matter of my blog posts, I’ve enlisted the help of a friend who is more than familiar with the field. As a third year Health Sci student at McMaster University who’s been working in a research lab for nearly two years, has taken an MCAT prep course, scored phenomenally on her MCAT and is in the midst of applying to medical school, she’s basically a treasure trove of information. She works in an immunology research lab examining the cellular mechanisms involved in allergy. Recently, I sat down with her and asked her a few questions regarding lab research.

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Science: Research, Projects, Academia Week, and More!

lab-roomOh January, the time for new starts and beginnings. A time for peace and quiet. Wait. How come I’m hearing the words “apply” and “deadline” again?

Good news everyone (in sciences and engineering), the NSERC URSA grant applications are making their way around again.

Here’s all the fuzz about that and some ideas on how to beginwith the search.

 

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To Research or Not?

pavlovWhen I first started at McGill I had no intentions of ever wanting to do anything whatsoever involving research. I always had this mental image (or as psychologists like to say “schema”) of what research involved. Sitting in a lab, in front of a computer, just collecting and inputting data. I never stopped to think of all the other stuff which are involved with doing studies.

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‘Tis the Season for Research

research-tablet3It may only be two days before Christmas but at least we made it through the end of the semester! I can’t actually believe how overwhelmed I was at the end, especially during finals week. Balancing my lab, school work, and my job was a lot harder than I imagined but I think I made it through everything well.

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Landing a Research Project in Science

scienceOne of the most common questions science students ask themselves is: “How/Why/Where/When do I get started with research?”

Most labs have limited financial and human resources, so it’s hard for them to accommodate and train a complete beginner.

It’s true, professors look for research experiences on your CV, it’s the reason I was turned down at my first interview for a volunteer research position.

So what’s the good news? Here’s how to get started.

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