"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.
This past week, second-year Integrated Science students completed their third and final research project of the fall term, Drug Discovery. This project focused on the drug development process and taught students key concepts in biochemistry. Groups of students were tasked to identify and target an area of therapeutic need and present their findings to their peers.
A group of second-year students post-presentations! This group designed a drug to tackle resistance in current anti-angiogenic therapies.
The learning of science and the application of science are often performed in isolation from one another, but on November 11, first-year iSci students combined the two in their presentations on the challenges and solutions associated with planetary exploration.
First-years presenting their first research project, A Mission to Mars!