Why You Should Attend Academic Conferences

The word “research” often conjures up many different images in people’s minds – a scientist in a white lab coat and goggles carefully holding a test tube and a beaker, a caffeinated and sleep-deprived student hunched over in front of a computer, or an adventurous scientist in a hard hat and high-visibility jacket sampling the

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Research Position

Congratulations on acquiring an undergraduate summer research position! Paid or unpaid, this can be a great chance to explore what academic research is like and acquire skills both at the bench and beyond. In this article, I will primarily address how those in experimental life sciences can make the most of their summer; however, many

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5 Ways to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research provides students the opportunity to investigate almost any research questions they may have, provided that their topic of interest is relevant to the pre-existing research studies already being conducted at their university. Research questions can be as simple as “Why can’t we remember events that occurred in our lives when we were 1

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How to Conduct a Literature Search

As a third year undergraduate student, I can vouch that each of you have been or will be assigned at least one group or individual assignment that needs intensive research. You will need to gather information, select the most relevant data and finally cite your sources. So, how do you begin this literature search? The Internet

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Career Profile: Dr Daniel Larocque, Innovative Researcher & Project Leader at GlaxoKlineSmith (Part I)

When we think about a career in research, we often imagine a student at a lab bench, working away to obtain an MSc, a PhD, a post-doc, assistant professorship and finally tenure. However, academia is not the only option for a career in research. There are researchers in industry, at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Using

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Getting Involved: High School & Undergraduate Research

If you are a high school or undergraduate student interested in a summer research position, now is the time to start looking! Yes, it may seem too early to be thinking about summer, but ideally this is the time to start your search. For most research laboratories, summer studentships are secured quickly in preparation for

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