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BME Travel Scholarship

The School of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Travel Assistance Grants are funded by BME from funds specifically allocated for student development. These grants are designed to enable students to travel for the purpose of presenting at conferences, attending workshops, or other activities with the objective of fostering scientific exchange, networking with other researchers, and showcasing the talents of McMaster's graduate students.

All BME students are eligible to apply for a travel assistance grant throughout their programs (once during MASc and once during PhD). This travel assistance grant is only available to full-time students in BME programs and, a student may hold this grant only once during his/her program.

Value of Award
The value of the award is varied with a maximum of $500, depending on the written proposal request (to include justification for travel, proposed budget) and inconsultation with your research supervisor.

To apply, please fill out the application.

How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal

Anthony Newman is a Senior Publisher with Elsevier, and is based in Amsterdam. His presentation on "How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal" provided students with insight into the publishing process, and in particular outlined the steps that need to be taken before starting to write a paper, how to plan to write a manuscript in a logical sequence, and understanding what aspects of a paper Editors and Publishers will look at critically. Areas of publishing ethics, plagiarism, and duplicate publishing were also discussed. A recording of Anthony Newman's presentation can be found here.

Guide for Exploring Opportunities Outside of Academia

What do PhD or MSc students do if they don’t want to stay in academia? This guide for exploring opportunities outside of academia has been prepared by Diego Garzón, a PhD graduate from the McMaster Health Sciences program. After completing his studies, Diego has had various roles both within the pharmaceutical industry and away from it. Since his time away from academia he has been able to network and speak with graduate students in various careers and has shared some of his insights in this document.

Graduate Supervisor Questionnaire

This Graduate Supervisor Questionnaire is intended to be a guide to help incoming students in finding out important information about essential characteristics of graduate studies, and identifying potential supervisors and research groups that will ensure the most beneficial partnership between all parties involved. This questionnaire is based on feedback received from current Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) graduate students at McMaster University, in particular, what they thought was important when choosing a supervisor, what they wish they asked before making a decision, and what advice they would give to incoming students.  We believe that, after modifying some questions to reflect your particular area, these questions will be applicable to applicants to most of theresearch programs as well.

Writing a Successful Scholarship Application

Tips for Writing a Successful Scholarship Application has been prepared by the Health Sciences Graduate Students Federation.

Cost of Living

The purpose of this document is to provide you with helpful tools and information that will assist you in determining your costs of living in Hamilton, ON, while attending a graduate program at McMaster University. Please note that although we did our best to include most common items that you will need to pay for, the list is not all inclusive and the amounts are estimates and actual costs may vary.

Academic Writing for Graduate Students

Missed the recent Academic Writing for Graduate Students Workshop and looking for further resources? A copy of the Academic Writing for Graduate Students Workshop presentation is available here. Additional resources are also available to all graduate students:

  • A number of academic skills resources may be found online here.
  • Students seeking one-on-one help or who have additional questions are welcome and encouraged to speak to a Writing Assistant at the Student Success Centre. Writing Assistants are available throughout the week and by appointment. Students can make an appointment through OSCARplus by following this path: Appointments --> Student Success Centre Appointments --> Academic & Writing.