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1 Summer Planning Medical Direction

2 Why Should You Plan for the Summer?

3 Your Options – Tonight’s Presentations  Research - Victor Chisholm  MCAT – Kaplan Rep  Internships abroad (travel), shadowing – Alice  Summer school, everything else - Tim

4 www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/ How to get involved in research?

5 About this presentation  Today: key points only.  For more information, see handout (links) and www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/h ow www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/h ow  Takeaway message: undergraduates can take part in research during their B.Sc. – if they want to (not compulsory).  Questions and answers (time permitting)

6 Talk to profs!

7  How to find them? Start at: www.mcgill.ca/science/ab out/departments/ www.mcgill.ca/science/ab out/departments/  Check out profs’ research websites.  Do your homework first. Read up on their research.  Office hours: not just for courses you are taking!  How do your interests & relate to the researcher?  Ask questions!  Profs can recommend other profs here and around the world  …and can tell you when to come back.

8 About professors’ websites…  Professors’ websites may not always be up to date.  However, you should be able to get a general idea of their area.  You can look up their recent publications (ask a librarian!) and scan the abstracts.

9 Put yourself in their shoes  Supervising undergraduate researchers takes an investment in resources (time, money, space, etc.) from a prof and her/his research group.  Exaggeration – what not to say:  “Give me a research opportunity so I can add a line to my CV and strengthen my future application to (insert unrelated field here). I have no particular interest in your field though.”  Of course you would never actually say that in those words… but avoid any variation that amounts to that!

10 Some good things to cover I am interested in your field: boxology. I am interested in graduate studies in boxology. I am curious about the role of ___, as described in your recent paper. I have taken the following relevant courses: ___ I have, or would like to cultivate, the following relevant skills: ___ I am not an expert in your field, but I am curious to find out more, and would like to contribute. (You can tell that everything I have just said is sincere and that I want to work hard.)

11 Show interest! You don’t have to know what what exactly you want to do in their lab. They will typically assign a project to you, where you can make a valuable contribution. The project might not be easy or well-defined; you may have to work hard; but professors want you to succeed, so you can contribute.

12 Other people to talk with  TAs, lab instructors, other professors  Departmental staff (secretaries, program assistants, advisors…)  Peers: departmental student societies, SUS, students who have already participated in undergraduate research  Ask questions like  Which professors take students?  What are their labs like?

13 Browsing: Soup and Science; 396  Past editions are online.You’ll find lists of profs with their research interests and links to their websites.  Some recent editions of Soup and Science also include webcasts.  You can also browse the “396” project listings. See what other students have worked on, and with whom!

14 Undergraduate Research Conference  Thursday, October 10, 2013 (similar timeline each year)  See what other McGill students have done!  Or, ask your department to nominate you next year.  More info: www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/urc /www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/urc /

15 Research Opportunities – see handout for link  Note that these are NOT job postings as such:

16 Undergraduate Student Research Awards: NSERC USRA, SURA, etc.

17 Undergrad. Student Research Award  NSERC USRA:  At least some awards in every Science dept  Some additional awards in Medicine (incl. Biomedical) and other faculties  For Canadian citizens, permanent resident  For natural sciences & eng. research.  Prof must hold an NSERC grant.  SURA, Science Undergraduate Research Award  Smaller program than NSERC  In all Science departments (not Medicine!)  For Canadians AND international students  FRSQ USRA:  Was cancelled in summer 2013 (lack of funding). Not offered in 2014. Watch for 2015 and beyond?  Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Engineering:  Arts, ARIA; Engineering, SURE  Other programs at other schools, other countries  E.g. NSF REU (USA)

18 Volunteering  Take your commitment seriously even if it is “only” volunteering.  Great way to get your foot in the door.  It’s okay to start small, and move on to more interesting things later.  Consider discussing with your supervisor the possibility of doing a course for credit (“396” or other), if this suits both parties.

19 Research: why?  It is NOT a requirement. It is OPTIONAL.  …but approx. 50% of our B.Sc. Students graduate with 1+ research course on their transcript.  Grad school is often research based. “Try before you buy.”  Graduate school is often FUNDED!  It is a different learning style that suits some students better.  Research experience develops excellent skills. These are useful whether or not you continue in academia: persistence, creativity, problem-solving, analysis…  A research supervisor = a professor who can write letters of reference for you later.

20 16 ways to get involved in research For more details see: www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/how/ 1.Talk to profs : Find them via www.mcgill.ca/science/departments/ then read about their research www.mcgill.ca/science/departments/ 2.Talk with people in the department. Ask which professors take students, and what their labs or groups are like. Ask TAs, departmental staff, professors, peers, student societies. 3.Soup and Science: meet profs, see new fields of study and research, discover opportunities: www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/soupscience/ www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/soupscience/ 4.Undergraduate research conference: www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/urc/ www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/urc/ 5.Research opportunity listing: http://www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/proflist/ http://www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/proflist/ 6.Summer research awards: NSERC USRA, SURA, FRSQ USRA, others. www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/nserc/ www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/nserc/ 7.Work Study (need based): www.mcgill.ca/studentaid/workstudy/ www.mcgill.ca/studentaid/workstudy/ 8.‘396’ research project courses and other research-oriented courses: www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/researchcourses www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/researchcourses 9.Field studies: see McGill Calendar, section 15. www.mcgill.ca/courses/ www.mcgill.ca/courses/ 10.Internships: www.mcgill.ca/science/internships- field/ www.mcgill.ca/science/internships- field/ 11.Library for research skill workshops, publications, and more: www.mcgill.ca/library/www.mcgill.ca/library/ 12.Career Planning Services (CaPS) for help making successful applications, www.mcgill.ca/caps/ www.mcgill.ca/caps/ 13.Communication skills: www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/communication/ www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/communication/ 14.McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal: contribute, get involved, or read. http://msurj.mcgill.ca/ http://msurj.mcgill.ca/ 15.Departmental talks : http://www.mcgill.ca/calendar/ http://www.mcgill.ca/calendar/ 16.Think outside the box: Explore other McGill departments and units. Look into options beyond McGill. www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/opportunities/ www.mcgill.ca/science/ours/opportunities/ Victor Chisholm Undergraduate Research Officer Dawson Hall, 4 th floor Tel: 514-398-5964 Email: victor.chisholm@mcgill.ca

21 Thank you!  Please feel free to contact me  I prefer talking over emailing  Questions?

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38 Summer Abroad  Summer Courses beyond McGill  http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/general/studyaw ay/summerstudies http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/general/studyaw ay/summerstudies  Study Abroad  Arts Students: http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis/away http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis/away  EXPLORE program (within Canada)  Independent Study  Science Students: click herehere  Exchange  Commerce/Management Students: click herehere  Desautels Study Away Program

39 Internships  McGill Internship Offices Network McGill Internship Offices Network  Internship DatabasesDatabases  And more...more  Student Clubs  AIESEC McGill

40 Volunteering/Shadowing  Hospital Volunteer (RVH, MGH…)  Red Cross, NGO  Share the Warmth  Shadowing with Medical Direction Shadowing with Medical Direction  MedSpecs…

41 Summer Courses  Select courses over the summer  May, June and July Sessions  McGill or another university (documents)  Other rules and regulations online  To take some really difficult courses or earn a coupe extra credits  Common courses: Biol 202, Organic Chem

42 Words of Caution  Medical schools have different approaches applicants who took summer courses.  Some do not allow it for prerequisites, some count the grade as part of the GPA  Depends very much on the school  Check with the schools you want to apply for  Safest choice: Do not take prerequisites for medical school. Do not expect the grade to count toward your GPA. Try to maintain a full course load over the semester.

43 Jobs  Perfectly viable choice  Earn some cash, gain work experience  Do consider its effect on your CV  Internships or awards do sound better

44 Everything else under the sky  We discussed common things that medical school hopefuls usually do  To stand out, you don’t need to follow what everyone else does  Medical schools are looking well rounded, smart and dedicated applicants  You should try to enjoy yourself and learn something new

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