Research Project in Biochemistry

BCH374Y

BCH374 spans the Fall and Winter terms, and provides real-world individual research opportunities in biochemistry, under the direct supervision of a Department of Biochemistry or Molecular Genetics faculty member. Each student, aided and advised by their supervisor, will read relevant literature and plan, execute, analyse, and report on experimental investigations on an appropriate topic. The project must be original experimental or computational work. BCH374 takes advantage of the resources and expertise of the over 100 faculty researchers within the departments. It gives students an appreciation of the scientific method that comes from intensive experimentation. It enhances students’ understanding of theoretical concepts learned in other courses through a better understanding of the experimental approaches upon which those theories are based, and provides one on one contact with faculty members. Lab work is complemented by a series of mandatory tutorials focused on practical and technical aspects of laboratory research.

To enroll

Students may approach any of the academic staff in the Department of Biochemistry or the Department of Molecular Genetics about the possibility of doing a research project under their supervision. BCH Specialists can contact their faculty mentors directly for placement assistance. Faculty who have expressed an interest in supervising a BCH374 student will be listed under ‘Instructors’, below, in late May. Once a supervisor is identified, the student and supervisor complete and sign the Enrollment Application Form, and submit it along with your current CV and a copy of your transcript, to the course coordinator.  The student is expected to spend at least one full day per week during the academic year on their research project in the supervisor’s laboratory.

Course Next Offered

September 2021

Course Time and Location

Tutorial: Thursday, 2-3 pm, MSB5231. Attendance is a required element of the course.

Important dates, 2021-2022:
Sept 9: First tutorial (2:10 pm, MSB 5231)
Sept 30: Research project proposal due before 5 pm

Dec 8: Midterm reports due before 5 pm
Dec 10 - 21: Midterm presentations
April 8: Final report due before 5 pm
April 11 - 29: Oral exams

Prerequisites

BCH242Y (75% or higher) + BIO230H + CHM247H/CHM249H + approval of the course coordinator, for Specialists

BCH210H (80% or higher) + BIO230H + CHM247H/CHM249H + cGPA of 3.3 + approval of the course coordinator, for Majors

Enrollment Limit

None

Method of Student Evaluation

There are four components to the final grade for BCH374:

Thirty percent of the final grade is contributed by the student's research project supervisor, based on the student's performance in the lab. The supervisor will evaluate the student's progress at the end of the Fall term (15%) and at the end of the Winter term (15%).

Thirty percent of the final grade is contributed by the course coordinator. This portion includes a 3 page research project proposal (5%), a 5 page midterm report (15%), and an oral midterm progress presentation (10%).

Thirty percent of the final grade is contributed by the student's exam committee, who will evaluate the final research report and the oral exam. The report, the oral presentation, and the student's handling of questions during the oral examination will be weighted equally (10% each).

Ten percent of the final grade is contributed by a peer evaluation of the student’s oral research technique presentation.

5% Proposal
10% Technique presentation
10% Midterm talk
15% Midterm report
15% Midterm supervisor eval
15% Final supervisor eval
30% Final exam (Report; Oral Presentation; Questions)

Additional Notes and Resources

Enrollment Application Form
Organization Scheme for the Final Report

Coordinator

Hue Sun Chan

Hue Sun Chan

MSB 5207
1 King's College Circle
416-978-2697
chan@arrhenius.med.utoronto.ca

Instructors

Aleixo Muise

Aleixo Muise

416-813-7735 or 416-813-5216
aleixo.muise@sickkids.ca

Last Updated 20 June 2021