The Graduate Training Committee is now soliciting applications for Graduate Travel Awards. Travel awards are not just for research. They could be used for (as examples) learning about research techniques, visiting another lab to collect data with specific tools or expertise available in the host lab, or national or international workshops.

All applications for travel must be held between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. This means you may have already attended the activity and are requesting reimbursement. If this is the case, proof of payment will be required as supporting documentation.

Should you wish to apply to the Annual Canadian and Human Statistical Genetics Meeting (CHSGM), you must submit an application under this Graduate Travel Award Request. The 8th Annual CHSGM will be held in conjunction with the Canadian GE3LS and Health Services and Policy Research Conference on June 16-19, 2019 at Fairmont le Château Montebello, Quebec. Registration will commence January 2019.

All approved requests for a Travel Award will require supervisor acknowledgment and support of your attendance.

The deadline to have an application submitted is January 20, 2019.

Excellence Awards 2018

Excellence awards are given annually, in recognition of extraordinary performance over the academic year. The award is a one-time scholarship payment. Both M.Sc. and Ph.D. students registered full-time through the Department of Human Genetics are eligible to apply. The applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated by the Graduate Training Committee (GTC) and the results of the competition will be announced in February 2019.

This year, and in company of excellence awards, two independent subsections for acknowledgement have been identified by the GTC and may also to be applied for in parallel and through the same application form:

  • Best Publication Award
  • Department Activity Award

Excellence Award Nomination Forms should be submitted to Ross Mackay and must be received by January 13, 2019.

Science Exposed/La preuve par l’image

The Science Exposed contest welcomes researchers in the public or private sector to submit images in the context of their research either individually or as a group. While organized by NSERC (in collaboration with Acfas for the French segment “La preuve par l’image”), the contest is open to all fields of study.

The contest is open to student researchers at the Master’s or doctoral level, postdoctoral researchers, research professors, and researchers in a public or private research centre. They are invited to submit a single image of their research.

Images can relate to any field of study: natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities, or health sciences, with the exception of images from the arts, including visual arts, media arts, and research/creation. They must be submitted in English or French with a three-part description: a catchy title, a plain-language explanation of the research presented in the image, and a description of the techniques/technologies used to create the image.

NSERC and Acfas will work together to share the winning images with all Canadians.

For more details on the Science Exposed contest, please visit the NSERC website.

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives -Professional Development Series

Neuroscience lab skills beyond the lab: Effectively presenting your skill set in the job search – Decemeber 4 from 6-8pm

Your graduate studies or postdoctoral experience is teaching you more than just neuroimaging analysis or cellular neuroscience techniques!
You are learning and practising many transferable skills that you can apply in diverse academic and non-academic workplaces. Understanding your skills, and learning how to express them on a CV or at an interview, will help you to succeed in the job market.

Auréliane Pajani, a former cognitive neuroscience researcher turned PhD recruiter at Adoc Talent Management, will introduce the notion of skills and the specific skill set of neuroscience researchers. She will discuss tools to further analyse the skills that you have developed across your work and extra-curricular experiences, and how to present your skills to recruiters. The workshop will be followed by Q&A.

Spaces are limited. Register now to reserve your spot!

Course Offering – Mouse Development, Stem Cells and Cancer

Offered by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, this intensive lecture and laboratory course is designed for scientists interested in using mouse models to study mammalian development, stem cells and cancer. The lecture portion of the course, taught by leaders in the field, provides the conceptual basis for contemporary research in embryogenesis, organogenesis in development and disease, embryonic, adult and induced pluripotent stem cells and cancer biology. Takes place June 5-24, 2019 at Cold Spring Harbor, NY. Application deadline March 1, 2019.

87e congrès d’Acfas – appel de propositions: communications libres

Vous êtes à la fin de votre maîtrise, de votre doctorat, ou de votre postdoctorat et vous voulez présenter les résultats de vos recherches au reste de la communauté scientifique? Vous souhaitez faire une communication dans le cadre du prochain Congrès de l’Acfas mais elle ne peut être incluse au sein d’un colloque? Le volet des communications libres est la solution!

Vous avez jusqu’au lundi 10 décembre 2018 pour soumettre votre proposition de communication libre au 87e Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas qui se déroulera du 27 au 31 mai 2019 à Université du Québec en Outaouais. Sous le thème « Engager le dialogue savoirs – sociétés », cet évènement sera l’occasion de souligner l’apport des collectivités de la francophonie internationale aux enjeux de la recherche. Au-delà d’une simple diffusion des savoirs, le dialogue engage un échange, une compréhension mutuelle et une appropriation des savoirs au bénéfice de toutes les sociétés.

L’université McGill couvrira les frais d’inscription au congrès et d’adhésion à l’Acfas pour tout 1er auteur (étudiants des cycles supérieures et postdoctorales) d’une proposition de communication libre acceptée.

Technology Day

Dr. Ragoussis is organizing a Technology Day for the Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with the HGSS. The purpose of this is to educate and inform all members of the Department about technologies and methodologies relevant for ongoing research at the Department available at different sites, as well as ones that would be desirable to bring in. It will also serve to bring together students and scientists from the different sites and promote communication and exchange of ideas as well as experiences across sites.

Please help us design this endeavor by completing this survey. Thank you on behalf of Dr. Ragoussis and the HGSS

French Credit Courses – McGill School of Continuing Studies

French for Professional Communication Part-Time Program: This program is especially designed for people who need French for their work and who hope to use French as an important tool or catalyst for their careers. All Graduate students that are new to the program, and wish to register for the Winter 2019 semester must take an Entrance Placement Test prior to registering for a particular course. Please click the following link to reserve your spot at the next Entrance Placement Test on November 15th: www.mcgill.ca/french-ept (Other dates will be available soon on our page but we encourage you to register ASAP since we have limited spots available: November 21st; December 4th & 11th; late registration: January 3rd) . Returning students can now register directly on Minerva, or contact our department if you encounter any registration restrictions.

Quebec Tuition Fee Rate may apply when registering for any French credit courses. See list of exclusions at https://www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts/tuition-fees/general-tuition-and-fees-information/tuition-fee-exemptions

Please visit our website for more details about our Certificate Program

3rd Annual Graduate Student Recruitment Day – Goodman Cancer Research Centre

McGill’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC) is hosting its third annual graduate recruitment event on January 24 and 25, 2019. This event provides prospective students with an opportunity to meet current students and faculty members and receive a one-year studentship to study at the GCRC. Application deadline: November 12, 2018

More information can be found on our website.


myProgress – New Degree Milestones Tracking Tool

A NEW web based tool designed to help graduate students navigate their progress through their Master’s or PhD degrees.

Benefits of myProgress

  • See course and program requirements for your McGill degree
  • Monitor your progress towards your degree
  • Receive reminders of upcoming or missed academic milestones in thesis programs

Who can access myProgress?

  • Students who have been admitted to a graduate program in Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018.
  • Supervisors of students admitted to McGill as of Fall 2017.

How to access myProgress

Students and supervisors can access myProgress by going to https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/myprogress and login using their McGill Username and Password.

Be sure to watch the “myProgress Quick Tour” video for instructions on how to use myProgress.

Check back often as we update your records towards your degree progression!


Career Development and Professional Skills for Research Trainees

Presented by the Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training of the RI-MUHC (McGill trainees who are not part of the RI-MUHC are welcome to attend most events and activities).

Sessions include Peer Career Groups: for trainees who want to explore possible careers for health scientists and researchers, Preparing Winning Scholarships and Fellowships, and Developing Your Soft Skills For Today and Tomorrow in an Interconnected Society.

For more information and to register for sessions, click here


HGEN 698 – Advanced Readings in Genetics

This course aims to familiarize students with the evolving field of epigenetics and
chromatin biology and the role of epigenetics in development and disease.

For more information: HGEN 698 epigenetics_and_chromatin



This fall, Graphos is offering 1-credit, pass/fail courses designed to help students develop clear and coherent manuscripts and oral presentations. Several courses are available and Doctoral students and many Master’s students can take the courses without extra fees, thanks to the University’s tuition sponsorship program. To see the list of courses see here for more detail.


Quebec Forum on Genetic Discrimination – Updated

(Please note that while the forum is in French, you can comment in the language of your choice English or French)

An innovative research initiative by McGill’s researchers is looking for members of the Quebec public to voice their opinion on one of the great issues linked to the use of genetic data.

The use of genetic information can lead to differential treatment of individuals because of their genetic profile, giving rise to a phenomenon known as genetic discrimination. The Genetic Discrimination Observatory (GDO) is currently holding an online public forum on genetic discrimination to enable residents of Quebec to share their opinion or questions on this subject. The data collected will be used to assess your concerns, needs and opinions.

Join the discussion today at: http://gdo.global/