"McMaster Honours Integrated Science (iSci) is an innovative new program that emphasizes the connections between scientific disciplines and encourages students to think outside the box. Interdisciplinary research projects constitute a major portion of iSci and require students to draw on multiple sciences to examine an issue, while developing time management, research, and presentation skills. The iSci program also emphasizes independent learning, leadership, lab skills, and scientific literacy. Upon graduation, these students' options will include graduate studies, professional school, and employment in scientific laboratories. Wherever they go, they are certain to make an impact."
–Solomon Barkley, iSci 2013 student
Be an iSci Student for a Day
Come to McMaster University and see what it is like to be an iSci Student for a day! If you are interested in the Integrated Science Program, we would love to give you a taste of the iSci experience. Sit in on one of our Integrated Concepts Seminars, tour some of the facilities that the Integrated Science students use, and meet some of the people in the iSci community.
First-year students spent the final 3 weeks of the fall term completing their second research project (RP2): Drugs, Doses, and Biodistribution. Through this project, students were introduced to the multi-perspective world of drugs and learned key concepts including drug metabolism, organic chemistry, and fluid mechanics. In small groups, students created and presented a study on a drug of their choosing which took the form of a literature review, meta-analysis or a small level original research project.
Group work is integral to the iSci experience. A first-year group celebrates the completion of their poster presentation that consisted of a literature review on cocaine's relation to Parkinson's Disease. Pictured (left to right): Joseph D’Ercole, Ruby Yee, Meghan Kates, Megan Terpstra, and Michael Chan.
On December 3rd, third-year Integrated Science students took a trip to the University of Toronto Mississauga campus (UTM) for a day of experiential learning with professors and graduate students from the Department of Forensic Science. Students were immersed in a variety of forensic-related workshops including anthropology, facial reconstruction, chemistry, and of course an investigation at the Forensic Crime Scene House (FCSH).
Students participated in a variety of activities on their trip to UTM, including a facial approximation demonstration (top-left), a forensic anthropology workshop (top-right), an investigation at the crime scene house (bottom-left) and identifying mysterious white powders using chemical spot tests (bottom-right).