While the program office has moved, McMaster’s graduate programs in Radiation Sciences are more active than ever. Coming together under the umbrella of the new Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Radiation Sciences last year, the revitalized programs are welcoming applications for their next cohort of students, and the Rad Grad program is launching its official website this week, www.science.mcmaster.ca/
The new academic unit offers graduate programs in:
- Radiation Biology, a life sciences focused stream with research on the effects of radiation on people and animals;
- Medical Physics, a physics-based stream, offering preparation for careers in clinical physics such as imaging or radiation therapy; and
- Health Physics with a Master’s program that aims to provide the highest quality of health physics and radiation protection education in the country, preparing student to work in the nuclear industry.
McMaster has been unofficially known as Canada’s Nuclear University. The Rad Grad programs take full advantage, using the University’s unique-in-Canada radiation infrastructure such as the McMaster Nuclear Reactor and McMaster Accelerator Laboratory with its three linear accelerators. Rad Grad students have the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of faculty members who are national and international leaders. As well, faculty members work with off campus collaborators located at Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation, and in area hospitals, in particular the Juravinski Cancer Centre. These collaborations give students the ability to work in industrial or clinical settings and work on a range of issues, such as protection of people and the environment, and improved diagnosis and treatment for diseases such as cancer.
Program director, Fiona McNeill, Physics & Astronomy says the new administrative structure will support broader engagement with faculty in a number of disciplines in various academic units, beyond what had been possible for a graduate program more narrowly focused on a single department. With research projects that link faculty members in four departments in the Faculty of Science, plus faculty members in Health Sciences and Engineering, Rad Grad will keep increasing its interdisciplinary presence on campus and beyond. Faculty members currently have novel research and/or education relationships with academic partners in the USA, Scandinavia, India, China, Australia and Japan, which open up international opportunities for program students.
Research videos are available on the new website and on McMaster’s Youtube site under the playlist Radgrad,https://www.youtube.com/user/
Watch the Program’s various social media accounts for regular updates: Facebook @RadgradMac, Twitter @Radgrad_Mac, and Instagram @Radgrad_Mac.