Discover the latest graduate and postdoctoral fellows events at the University of Ottawa. Explore exciting opportunities to engage with our research community and advance your academic journey.

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DEGREE shadowing program

Interested in grad school? Come experience what it is like!

What is the DEGREE Shadowing program?

DEGREE is a shadowing program that will provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to experience and appreciate the cutting-edge biomedical research conducted in the various Graduate departments of the Faculty of Medicine.

The diverse range of research disciplines include biochemistry, immunology, systems biology, neurology, cardiovascular biology, bioinformatics, tissue engineering, epidemiology, anatomy and more!

"Glad I was able to see what lab life is like and that I was able to ask questions to a current masters student."

-Last year participant-

In addition, all participants will receive a participant certificate, which will be awarded at the DEGREE social event in August.

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Program overview

During the 3-day DEGREE program, students will:

  • Be paired with graduate student mentors according to their research topic preference and will spend 3 days shadowing them in their laboratory.
  • Learn about their research topic, observe experiments and daily tasks, understand how to perform data analysis and interpretation, and participate in lab meetings and discussions.
  • Experience what it is like to be a graduate student at the Faculty of Medicine.

Who can participate:

  • Open to undergraduate students at all levels in Ontario and Quebec provinces. There are no restrictions on the year of study or degree program.
  • Prior research experience is not required. However, we do seek motivated individuals with an interest in life science research.
  • We encourage students to apply early to secure their preference of research areas.

Note: the number of participants we can accept depends on the capacity of students in our labs, therefore acceptance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

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July 10 to July 28 2024.
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Labs at the Faculty of Medicine (Roger Guindon Hall) and associated institutes (Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Royal Hospital).

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To register

Registration for 2024 will be available in the spring. We are currently working on lab recruitment logistics.

DEGREE social event

  • The DEGREE social event allows undergraduates participants the opportunity to discuss research opportunities and network with current graduate students. In addition, the participant certificate will be awarded to all students during the event.
  • The event will take place in the last week of July. We will confirm the date to accepted participants by email.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)