Independent Study/Thesis

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

I look for folks who have a strong interest in understanding animal behaviour from an evolutionary and ecological basis.   Taking previous courses in animal behaviour, evolution, ecology, environmental sciences and genetics can be a really asset for the work we do.   For the research that goes on in my lab, a degree of comfort for the outdoors and especially around the water can be helpful as can being able to drive (we do field work, sometimes in remote places).

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

CV or resume and a transcript plus a short email saying what aspect of the research program they are most interested in.

How do you want to be contacted?

Email please!

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1