Applied Science placement courses provide students with the opportunity to explore career options and integrate academics with a community or professional experience. Students will complete an academic component in addition to the placement. These courses will allow students to gain academic credit for experience in an academically related field.
LIFE SCI 2AP3 is first offered Fall/Winter 2013-14
Please pay close attention to deadlines for applying to complete LIFE SCI 3EP3, 34EP6 & 3RP3. Applications are typically due two months prior to registration in a course.
For Fall, Term 1 offering: 30 days prior to beginning of Fall term
For Winter, Term 2 offering: 30 days prior to beginning of Winter term
For Fall/Winter, Term 3 offering (4EP6 only): 30 days prior to beginning of Fall term
For Spring/Summer offering: 30 days prior to beginning of Spring or Summer term
What appealed to me about this course was that it gave us the opportunity to get an education outside the classroom which was unusual in most science programs.
The benefit of the program were that I learned a lot of new real-life skills related to the subject I was focused on and had the chance to work with a great team of people.
Some of the challenges one might face are meeting deadlines. Depending on who you're working with/for I think it could be a challenging experience. For me this wasn't a large concern but you have to remember to set aside a good amount of time for this course. You can't simply "skip" this lecture.
- Ali Shami
I chose this course since it gave me the opportunity to work in a neuropharmacology laboratory and allocate some course time to this work. The experience gave me a realistic view of the functions of a professional laboratory and allowed me to put into practice the knowledge and theory learned in most of my biochemistry and neuropsychology classes.
The time requirements of my placement were heavy when combined with my other courses, but the grading of my performance in my placement compelled me to work hard and put in the extra effort. I was then challenged to write professional reports and abstracts of my work and be able to present them to my colleagues and peers. This experience is valuable for students looking to gain first-hand experience in different sectors of healthcare and research.
- Ritesh Daya
The reason I chose this course is because it gave me freedom to further my knowledge through hands-on individual approach to become fully engaged in my project which taught me a lot more than traditional lecture settings.
First of all, I learned much more about my topic of study and how multidimensional the field of Science is, which acted to further my passion in my topic. Secondly I had the opportunity to work with a phenomenal faculty member who taught me much more than science related information and became an amazing mentor. The course also allowed me to develop as a person, as it challenged me to step outside traditional boundaries, increasing my communication and problem solving skills. Lastly it allowed me to become involved with both the Hamilton and McMaster University community by contributing to the development and thus feeling more connected and involved.
This research placement provided me with unique opportunity to learn cutting edge skills in biomedical research and to orient my experience towards the basics of life in a research lab. By taking this course, it has given me the ability to not only systemically approach problems, but also think outside the box as a whole to identify individual risks of non-communicable diseases that have become a potential concern in health care. I was allowed to explore neuroendocrinology that best suits my curiosity and passion. Through this course, I was able to correlate and identify endocrine hormones to human physiology to identify and observe the biological mechanism involved in food intake and appetite regulation.