We are now accepting applications for September 2022 and January 2023

We are looking for students with previous research experience who are motivated and devoted to research. Given the recent social distancing measures, which may have impacted the ability of students to gain wet lab research experience, the admissions committee will consider applicants with limited experience.

The admissions committee evaluates the academic background and achievement, the research experience, and letters of reference of each applicant to judge her/his potential to become an independent scientist. The committee also examines the “Letter of Intent” which all applicants are strongly encouraged to include with their application. The Letter of Intent should describe why the applicant wishes to enter the Biochemistry Graduate Program, career aspirations, areas of research that interest the applicant, a description of the research experience the applicant may already have (summer work, honours project, co-op work, etc.), and any explanations about his/her background that he/she cares to include.

The minimum academic requirements are normally introductory survey courses in biochemistry and molecular biology, two advanced courses in biochemistry/molecular biology topics, and a laboratory course. Depending on the nature of the undergraduate program, the admissions committee on accepting an applicant into our graduate program may ask him/her to expand his/her background knowledge by taking an upper level, dual undergraduate/graduate course(s) during the first year of the program.

Letters of reference are important in the evaluation process. We are particularly interested in receiving letters from research supervisors. If the applicant completed an undergraduate project/thesis course or did research in a co-op session or as a summer student, he/she should ask scientists who have supervised the research projects to write letters of reference on his/her behalf.