TMM3009 - Rotation Project

An important aspect of the TMM program is introducing students to biomedical research, allowing them to be better prepared to independently carry out and successfully complete their fourth year honours projects. With this in mind, students take TMM3009, a nine-unit (credit) course that runs throughout third year. The course enables students to learn basic concepts in cellular and molecular biology that most Faculty of Medicine researchers use in their labs.

The two rotation projects that students take part in, in February and March, are an integral part of TMM3009. Every year, we solicit submissions for projects in your labs.Each project must be well-defined and both introduce students to new techniques and present innovative questions that can be answered during the allotted time. Students are paired with supervisors for each rotation. If a lab is very popular, it is possible that a supervisor may be asked to accept more than one student.

Students must be in your lab during the two regular weekly lab sessions (Wed. and Thurs., 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). That said, we expect that students will spend more time than the minimum six hours required. We estimate that they will work a total of 50 hours over the four weeks allotted to your project.Students have been taught to prepare themselves properly to carry out experiments on time, including reading the scholarly literature related to the project and preparing their lab books. We strongly encourage supervisors to prepare material for homework.

Each rotation is worth 20% of the final grade and students are graded based on the quality of their lab books (by the TMM3009 TA), performance in the lab (by the supervisor) and early-April oral or poster presentation. All supervisors must submit their grades and attend the poster session as well as the symposium.

The rotations help TMM students find their supervisors (and consequently encourage student recruitment by professors) for their research project. Students cannot select a lab they have already worked in.If a student has another lab commitment, we contact the supervisor in question to release the student from it. The goal is for students to invest as much time as possible in their rotation projects.

Please complete the TMM3009 - Rotation Project Form and submit. If you wish to volunteer to offer two rotation projects (one in February and one in March), you can submit two project descriptions. The projects can be different. Alternately, the second rotation project can be a continuation of the first project offered in February.

Key dates

December 4: Deadline for submitting rotation projects

December 6: Networking event for students and supervisors to meet

December 13: Students submit their “Top 5”

December 20: Student/professor matches announced

January 8 to February 15: First rotation

February 15: Poster day

February 26 to April 11: Second rotation

April 11: Rotation symposium

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