Terms of Reference for Graduate Students (MSc and PhD)

A summary of the BRAIN CREATE training program for PhD students receiving stipends is illustrated in Figure 1 (below). MSc students have a truncated program (2 years and two graduate courses instead of 4 years and three graduate-level courses) as outlined below.

  1. Students will attend a boot camp.
  2. Students will be enrolled in the Neuroscience Graduate Program (MDNS) and abide by Faculty of Graduate Studies rules. Students from other programs may be accepted with approval from the Program Directors.
  3. Students will meet with the Program Directors twice per year for enhanced mentorship.
  4. Students will attend two problem-based courses: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (Fall term; MDSC619.01) and Extreme Physiology and Neurotechnology (Winter term; MDSC755).
  5. PhD students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program must take Systems Neuroscience and Neuropathology (Winter term; MDSC619.02). Courses must be completed within the first 18 months.
  6. Students must participate in a minimum of 5 elective program elements (see Figure 1, below), amounting to a minimum of 40 hours a year, including a minimum of 10 hours of technical, professional, innovation, or knowledge translation workshops. Elective program elements include, but are not limited to, an additional elective course, academic exchanges and collaborations, Research in Progress, extreme expeditions, technical and professional skills workshops, knowledge translation and innovation workshops, accredited journal clubs, industrial placement and collaborations, and conferences.
  7. Students are expected to complete at least one of the following:
    • A provincial, national, or international academic exchange,
    • A work experience/ collaboration/internship in an industrial or non-academic setting, and/or
    • An experience testing technologies at geographical, biological, or environmental extremes.
  8. Students will participate and present their research at provincial, national, or international scientific and/or innovation workshops or conferences.
  9. Students will attend a journal club each week and make regular presentations.
  10. Students must present and participate in Research in Progress talks.
  11. Students must belong to and participate in the HBI Trainee Organization.
  1. Students must enroll in the HBI REALISE program.
  2. Exit seminars by students are mandatory. Attendance is mandatory for all students.
  3. Students must track their participation in all core and elective elements of the program as described above. In addition, students must keep track of all awards applied for and received, publications, conferences, meetings, symposia, poster or other presentations, talks, translational activities, and participation in any other educational activities. Students are required to report on these activities a minimum of four times per year..
  4. Students are expected to apply for internal and external awards or grants for which they are eligible, including those from provincial or national agencies. Students who are successful in obtaining other funding must immediately inform BRAIN CREATE administration (braincreate@ucalgary.ca) and the HBI Operations Coordinator (hbi.education@ucalgary.ca) to enable reallocation of BRAIN CREATE funding. See the Graduate Scholarship Terms of Reference for more information

Figure 1: BRAIN CREATE Graduate Trainee Experience

Figure 1: BRAIN CREATE Graduate Trainee Experience