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David ShoreLab Website: http://msp.mcmaster.ca

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

I look for students who have a strong background in perception, cognition, and neuroscience. You should have completed an upper year lab course in one of these topics and one or more upper year lecture courses on similar or related topics. I expect students to have a strong work ethic, good organizational skills and be self-motivated. A good CA is also desirable (9+).

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

I expect students to send me a covering letter outlining why they want to work in my lab specifically, what expertise they have that make my lab well suited to them, and what they hope to gain during the Thesis experience. outlining future goals also helps me gauge how serious a student is. Additionally, students should send a cv (i.e., a resume), and an unofficial transcript.

How do you want to be contacted?
Every year in January I hold an open house of the lab. To be added to the invite list please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the information indicated above. If you have missed the open house contact me directly by email. I will make final decisions after after the ballot closes.

jms2Lab Website: http://brain.mcmaster.ca/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

Students should have a strong background in cognition, perception, and neuroscience, good grades in statistics, and a cumulative GPA of at least 10.0. Undergraduates work in teams with graduate students on EEG/ERP and behavioural projects, asking questions about cognitive and social aspects of learning.

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

Please send your CV and transcripts and a brief statement about why you'd like to work in my lab.

How do you want to be contacted?

Please email me.

Joseph KimLab Website: science.mcmaster.ca/acelab
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

Excellent grades in core psychology courses (especially 2r3, 2RR3), previous lab study or research experience is an assett.

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

CV, transcript (unofficial is fine so student doesn't have to pay), cover letter outlining why research interest with me and how their interests/skills match up.

How do you want to be contacted?

Email contact with above support materials is fine.

Laurel TrainorLab Website: http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/ljt/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

Students interested in my lab should have an interest in development and auditory perception. It is best if students have taken Sensation and Perception in second year and Audition and Development in 3rd year, but I will consider all good students. An interest and background in music is a plus for some thesis projects. Knowledge of EEG is a plus for other thesis projects.

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

CV and transcript

How do you want to be contacted?

Please e-mail me.

Reuvan DukasLab Website: http://psych.mcmaster.ca/dukas
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

A mark of at least 10 in Animal Behaviour PSYCH 2TT3 (PSYCH 2XC3). I would prefer students who have taken Animal Behaviour Laboratory PSYCH 3S03 and other courses with an evolutionary and biological focus.

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

Please email me with a brief description of yourself and relevant background, and a complete set of informal transcripts included in the email.

How do you want to be contacted?

Please e-mail me only if you meet the above criteria.

balshineLab Website: http://abel.mcmaster.ca
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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!

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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