Collaborative Specialization in Neuroscience - MSc/MBS/PhD

The Collaborative Specialization in Neuroscience provides a specialization for Master’s and PhD students engaged in research in the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience, by permitting students to combine their departmental degree program with multidisciplinary exposure to the field of neuroscience. This unique combination of multidisciplinary studies provides students with the best possible foundation for academic careers in neuroscience and related areas. The spcialization includes participation from core faculty in the following departments: Animal Biosciences, Biomedical Science, Clinical Studies, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, Integrative Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Pathobiology, Population Medicine, and Psychology.

Administrative Staff

Dr. Boyer Winters, Director
Psychology, MCKN Rm 3005, Ext. 52163
bwinters@uoguelph.ca

Dr. Mark Fenske, Graduate Coordinator
Psychology, MCKN Rm 3020, Ext. 56411
mfenske@uoguelph.ca

Graduate Program Assistant
Robin Sorbara (on leave)
Psychology, MCKNEXT Rm 4014, Ext. 53508
psycgpa@uoguelph.ca

Academic Advisor and Manager
Sharon Helder
Psychology, MCKNEXT Rm 4015, Ext. 53260
shelder@uoguelph.ca

 

Graduate Faculty

Naseem Al-Aidroos
Psychology

Craig D. Bailey
Biomedical Sciences

Andrew J. Bendall
Molecular and Cellular Biology

Leah R. Bent
Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Nicholas J. Bernier
Integrative Biology

Elena Choleris
Psychology

Giannina Descalzi
Biomedical Sciences

Mazyar Fallah
Dean, College of Biological Science (Human Health and Nutritional Sciences)

Mark J. Fenske
Psychology

Chris Fiacconi
Psychology

George Harauz
Canada Research Chair, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Andreas Heyland
Integrative Biology

Fiona James
Clinical Studies

Nina Jones
Canada Research Chair, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Bettina E. Kalisch
Biomedical Sciences

Jibran Khokhar
Biomedical Sciences

Frederic Laberge
Integrative Biology

Jasmin Lalonde
Molecular and Cell Biology

Francesco Leri
Psychology

Ray Lu
Molecular and Cellular Biology

David W.L. Ma
Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Neil J. MacLusky
Biomedical Sciences

Georgia Mason
Canada Research Chair, Integrative Biology

Robert L. McLaughlin
Integrative Biology

Daniel V. Meegan
Psychology

Jennifer Murray
Psychology

Amy Newman
Integrative Biology

Lee Niel
Population Medicine

Linda A. Parker
Canada Research Chair, Psychology

Melissa Perreault
Biomedical Sciences

Geoff Power
Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Tarek Saleh
Biomedical Sciences

Shaun Sanders
Molecular and Cell Biololgy

John Z. Srbely
Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Lana M. Trick
Psychology

Lori A. Vallis
Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Terry Van Raay
Molecular and Cellular Biology

John Vessey
Molecular and Cellular Biology

Tina Widowski
Animal Biosciences

Boyer D. Winters
Psychology

John L. Zettel
Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

As a practical matter, however, any faculty member who is approved by the Board of Graduate Studies for graduate faculty status and is a member of a participating unit within the collaborative specialization will be able to advise a masters or doctoral student.

 

Master’s Program (MSc or MBS)

The Collaborative MSc or MBS (Master of Biomedical Science) Specialization in Neuroscience enables students engaged in neuroscience Master’s thesis research to combine their departmental degree program with a multidisciplinary specialization in the field of neuroscience.

Admission Requirements

Master’s students in the Collaborative Specialization in Neuroscience must meet the admission requirements of the participating department in which they are enrolled. The application process has two stages: first, application to the primary program of interest, identifying interest in the Collaborative specialization as a secondary focus. If the student is admitted to the primary program, the second stage is then admission to the Collaborative Specialization. Students may add the Collaborative Specialization at any time during their degree (except for the last semester before graduation), as long as they complete the program requirements via a “Study Option or Degree Program Transfer” form with the Graduate Program Assistant in their home department.

Degree Requirements

In addition to coursework in their respective departments, students in the Master’s program must complete NEUR*6000: Principles of Neuroscience (0.5 credits), as well as registering for NEUR*6100: Seminar in Neuroscience (0.0 credits) every Fall and Winter semester that they are in the program. In NEUR*6100, students and faculty will meet once a month to discuss issues/ hear talks/ present research in neuroscience. Depending on their home department, students registered in the Collaborative Neuroscience Specialization may be able to use NEUR*6000 as an elective to satisfy their program requirements. Please check with your departmental graduate coordinator for clarification.

Please note that NEUR*6100 is a two-semester commitment, and students must register for the course twice each year: once in the Fall and once in the Winter. Students who do not register for both terms will have incomplete coursework on their transcript, and will be unable to complete the Master’s program until it is resolved.

 

PhD Program

The Collaborative PhD Specialization in Neuroscience enables students engaged in neuroscience dissertation research to combine their departmental degree program with a multidisciplinary specialization in the field of neuroscience.

Admission Requirements

PhD students in the Collaborative Specialization in Neuroscience must meet the PhD admission requirements for the participating department in which they are enrolled. Students may add the Collaborative Specialization at any time during their degree (except for the last semester before graduation), as long as they complete the program requirements via a “Study Option or Degree Program Transfer” form with the Graduate Program Assistant in their home department.

Degree Requirements

If a student enters the Collaborative PhD Specialization in Neuroscience at the doctoral level, in addition to coursework in their respective departments, students must complete NEUR*6000: Principles of Neuroscience, or show evidence of course equivalence in prior training. Depending on their home department, students registered in the Collaborative Neuroscience Specialization may be able to use NEUR*6000 as an elective to satisfy their program requirements. Please check with your departmental graduate coordinator for clarification. Students must be engaged in neuroscience dissertation research. Doctoral students must also enroll in NEUR*6100: Seminar in Neuroscience (0.0 credit) every Fall and Winter semester that they are in the program. Failing to register for both the Fall and Winter semesters every year could delay graduation. The seminar will meet monthly. Students must take their qualifying exams within five semesters of entering the program, as required by University graduate policies. One member on the qualifying exam committee must be a core member of the Collaborative specialization in Neuroscience outside the student’s home department or a faculty member from another university approved by graduate studies. Furthermore, one member of the student’s advisory committee must be a core member of the neuroscience collaborative specialization outside the student’s home department or a faculty member from another university approved by graduate studies.

Courses

NEUR*6000 Principles of Neuroscience

NEUR*6100 Seminar in Neuroscience