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. All trainees will attend a boot camp.
  2. All trainees will be enrolled in the Neuroscience Graduate Program (MDNS) and abide by Faculty of Graduate Studies rules.
  3. All trainees will meet bi-yearly with the Program Directors for enhanced mentorship: one meeting with MDNS Program Directors and one meeting with BRAIN CREATE Directors.
  4. All trainees will attend two problem-based courses: Cellular Neuroscience (Fall term; MDSC619.01) and Extreme Physiology (Winter term; MDSC755).
    (Note, in our quest to offer BRAIN CREATE PhD students an individualized program, MDNS have waived the requirement that students take System Neuroscience (MDSC619.02). This waiver currently applies to BRAIN CREATE students only and is subject to change).
  5. All PhD students must take at least one additional graduate-level course chosen from across campus in consultation with their Graduate Supervisory Committee and BRAIN CREATE Directors. Courses must be completed within the first 18 months.
  6. All trainees must participate in a minimum of 5 elective program elements (see Figure 1, below), amounting to a minimum of 40 additional hours a year.
    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. Trainees are expected to complete at least one of the following: 1) a provincial, national or international academic exchange, 2) a work experience/collaboration/internship in an industrial setting, and/or 3) an experience testing technologies and innovation at geographical, biological or environmental extremes. 
  8. Trainees will participate and present their research at provincial, national and international scientific and/or innovation workshops or conferences.
  9. All trainees will attend at least one journal club each week and make regular presentations.
  1. All trainees must present and participate in Research in Progress talks to be held twice a year.
  2. All trainees must belong to and participate in the HBI Trainee Organization.
  3. All trainees must enroll and participate in HBI REALISE.
  4. Exit seminars by trainees are mandatory. Attendance is mandatory for all trainees.
  5. All trainees must track their participation in all core and elective elements of the program as described above. In addition, all trainees 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 HBI education activities. Trainees are required to report on these activities a minimum of two times per year.

Figure 1: BRAIN CREATE Graduate Trainee Experience

Figure 1: BRAIN CREATE Graduate Trainee Experience