My years in the Biochemistry Graduate Program at McMaster University were a once in a lifetime experience. The industrious and collaborative working environment is a fantastic training opportunity. The teaching philosophies embraced by the department encouraged me to become the best scientist I can be. I am grateful for the transferable skills I have developed from my time at McMaster.
The Biochemistry graduate program helped me develop and gain several research skills within a multidisciplinary environment. Collaboration within different groups in the department can be easily established and PI’s are always available to discuss research projects and provide advice for future plans.
They say that hindsight is 20/20. I only began to truly recognize the exemplary training I received in the McMaster Biochemistry Department after I graduated. Admittedly the program was tough; the expectations were set high. Yet there was a balance of comradery and fun. Here I learned that science was more than experiments and literature reviews (although there was a fair amount of that too): science was also about leadership, mentoring, knowledge exchange and seeing the bigger picture. My experiences with trainees from McMaster relative to other institutions have solidified my view that this department was best able to prepare me for not only a career, but also life after graduate school.