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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?


Students interested in independent (PNB 3QQ3) or thesis study (PNB 4DD6/4D09) in the lab should contact Dr. Bock by email before the ballot process.  Please describe your research interests and potential experience in your email, and attach an unofficial copy of your transcripts.

The laboratory hosts projects on a variety of subjects related to neuroscience with experiments covering magnetic resonance imaging in animals and humans, and computational image analysis.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
McMaster University


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Nikol Piskuric, Ph.D.Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and Life Sciences Program

Courses I teach in PNB

PSYCH 2E03: Sensory Processes
PSYCH 3J03: Visual Neuroscience
PNB 2XE3: Descriptive Statistics

Education

I’ve been part of the McMaster community for over 10 years! I began my undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Science in 2003, and earned my Honours B.Sc. in Biology and Psychology in 2007.  Subsequently, I entered the Ph.D. program in Biology, and graduated with highest honours in 2012, winning the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Research

I pursued my Ph.D. research under the supervision of Dr. Colin Nurse in the Department of Biology at McMaster. I was – and still am – fascinated by how neurons work; how do they sense information, and how to they transmit sensory signals to other cells? My Ph.D. project focused on identifying the mechanisms by which a specialized group of cells near the heart sense and respond to oxygen, carbon dioxide, and acid levels in the blood. See below for some selected publications; visit PubMed for a complete list.

  • Piskuric, N.A. and Nurse, C.A. (2013) Expanding role of ATP as a versatile messenger at carotid and aortic body chemoreceptors. The Journal of Physiology. 591(Pt 2): 415-422.
  • Piskuric, N.A. and Nurse, C.A. (2012) Effects of chemostimuli on [Ca2+]i responses of rat aortic body type I cells and endogenous local neurons: Comparison with carotid body cells. The Journal of Physiology. 590(Pt 9): 2121-2135.
  • Piskuric, N.A., Vollmer, C. and Nurse, C.A. (2011) A confocal immunofluorescence study of rat aortic body chemoreceptors in vivo and in vitro. The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 519(5): 856-873.

About me

Part of the reason I fell in love with McMaster was because I fell in love with Hamilton. I love my walkable community of Westdale, and you might often run into me enjoying a frozen yogurt at TCBY, biking at Princess Point, or picking up milk at Metro. I also love the many places in the surrounding area that contribute to the environmentally conscious and culturally diverse community of McMaster, like the farmer’s market in Jackson Square, the restaurants on James St., and the parks and trails in neighbouring Dundas.

I love learning, and I love intelligent media. I am a frequent visitor to the National Geographic website (www.nationalgeographic.com) and am awed by beautiful photographs of people, places, and nature. I like to watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin (who is a Hamilton native!), a program on TVO that “engages public-minded individuals” in discussions about politics, science, education, society and culture, among other things (theagenda.tvo.org).  And, I am obviously interested in the evolving post-secondary landscape. I recommend University Affairs (www.universityaffairs.ca) for blogs, columns, and news about current issues in academia.

HJLab Website: http://vr.mcmaster.ca/lab/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?
I'm looking for students with an interest and strong background in perception/cognition.  In addition to second year perception/cognition course, it is helpful if the students have also taken third year courses (including lab courses) in the same area.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

Transcript and a resume

How do you want to be contacted?

email

schutzLab Website: http://maplelab.net/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student and/or independent study?

Students interested in an independent study (3QQ3) should have completed/be taking PNB 2XA3 (Human Perception and Cognition) and/or PSYCH 2E03 (Sensory Processes), as well as a statistics course.  PSYCH 2MA3 (Music Cognition) is strongly recommended.  Musical experience and enrollment in the music cognition specialization are helpful, but not required.

Students interested in the thesis option should have some lab experience (either 3QQ3 or an upper year lab course) in addition to the requirements above.  Most thesis projects in my lab are done under the 9 unit option, which is preferable given the time commitment required.

What information should students include in an application?

The MAPLE lab application which can be found here, which includes an unofficial transcript and a writing sample.  An ideal writing sample is 2-pages double spaced on any topic in psychology, but longer papers and/or papers from other topics are acceptable.  Additionally, please include a paragraph or two outlining (a) why you are interested in this lab and (b) which projects you would or would not be interested in (see our website for current projects).

How do you want to be contacted?

Email your application materials directly to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put "THESIS APPLICATION" or "INDEPENDENT STUDY APPLICATION" in the subject line.  Only completed applications will be considered.  I will make final decisions after the ballot closes but occasionally will meet in advance if there is a strong "fit".

Where can students get more information?

For general information and our current activities please visit our website at www.maplelab.net.  Also, consider talking with a current graduate student to learn about our openings and opportunities prior to applying.

Steven-BrownLab Website: http://neuroarts.org/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?
Mark of at least 10 (A)  in PNB 2XB3, Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology (or Psych 2F03, Fundamentals of Neuroscience), plus a strong background in biology, physics, or chemistry.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?
Please see the "Note to students" on the my  lab homepage and provide the requested information.

How do you want to be contacted?

Email

Louis SchmidtNOT AVAILABLE FOR THESIS STUDENTS 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

Lab Website: http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/psychology/schmidt/index.php
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

The minimum CA of a 4D09 is 8.5; the miminum CA for a 4D06 is 8.0.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

Student's grades will be retried by the ballot system once the balloting process is completed.

How do you want to be contacted?

I will evaluate applications on the ballot system once the ballot closes. You may contact me by e-mail, however, I may not respond until I evaluate the applications submitted through the ballot.

Kathy MurphyLab Website: http://www.visualneurosciencelab.ca/

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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

The minimum CA of a 4D09 is 8.5; the miminum CA for a 4D06 is 8.0.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

Student's grades will be retried by the ballot system once the balloting process is completed.

How do you want to be contacted?

I will evaluate applications on the ballot system once the ballot closes. You may contact me by e-mail, however, I may not respond until I evaluate the applications submitted through the ballot.

David FeinbergLab Website: http://www.voiceresearch.org/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

The minimum CA of a 4D09 is 8.5; the miminum CA for a 4D06 is 8.0.  I will only take students interested in studying Evolutionary Psychology, more specifically only those interested in working on sexual selection among humans.  Courses in Evolutionary Psychology are required to enter my laboratory.  Read about my research before contacting me, and try to think of a new idea for a study based on literature, rather than your personal thoughts about how the world should work.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

Student's grades will be examined. Only students with evidence of knowledge in human mate preferences will be considered. Be prepared to discuss experiment ideas upon an interview.

How do you want to be contacted?

I will evaluate applications on the ballot system once the ballot closes. You may contact me by e-mail, however, I may not respond until I evaluate the applications submitted through the ballot.  Please do not phone.  Please do not drop in without an appointment.  If you do email me, try to propose some ideas about what you would like to do.

Sue-BeckerLab Website: http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/pnb/department/becker
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

The minimum CA of a 4D09 is 8.5; the miminum CA for a 4D06 is 8.0.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

Student's grades will be retried by the ballot system once the balloting process is completed.

How do you want to be contacted?

I will evaluate applications on the ballot system once the ballot closes. You may contact me by e-mail, however, I may not respond until I evaluate the applications submitted through the ballot.

CogsciLab Website: http://cogsci.mcmaster.ca/watter.html
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Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1
Canada