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Masters Research Project

All MScBMC students complete a Master’s Research Project (MRP) as part of the MScBMC curriculum. The MRP is a platform for research into the visual communication of science and/or medicine. It provides an opportunity for students to develop their abilities in literature evaluation, research design, audience analysis, and the design, iteration, and implementation of a comprehensive communications instrument.

The focus of the project is meant to be research in visual communication and its allied fields (visual narrative, learning, UX design, usability,etc.), and not on the scientific topic area (i.e. Immunology). The graduate student functions as primary designer, researcher, author, illustrator, and communicator for his or her MRP. Active leadership and management of the project is a key success metric.

A Master’s Research Project will be based upon a problem statement and hypothesis that is approved by the student’s graduate committee in one of the two fields of focus: Biomedical Media Design or Biomedical Visualization Design.

Graduate Committee

The MRP committee should consist of at minimum two members; usually this consists of a supervisor and a scientific advisor/content expert. At least two members of the committee must have School of Graduate Studies (SGS) appointments. If the scientific advisor does not have an SGS appointment, then a third committee member with an SGS appointment must be added.

  • Supervisor: Must have an IMS and SGS graduate appointment, and is preferably a BMC faculty member.
  • Second Member: Must have an SGS appointment, and is often a scientific advisor and content expert in the topic of the MRP.
  • Third member (optional): If the second member is not the content expert, then the third member must be the content expert and must sign the final approval form to verify that the material in the project meets appropriate standards of accuracy.
There is no official upper limit on the number of committee members, but students should be aware that the more committee members they have, the more difficult it will generally be to schedule meetings.

Committee Meetings

MScBMC candidates will meet with their MRP Supervisor regularly.

At least three formal committee meetings with all committee members in attendance must be held during MRP progress. At these meetings the student must demonstrate significant progress in the development of the project and evaluation/paper (if applicable). Minutes from each meeting (bullet form is appropriate) must be submitted to both the Supervisor and the Director of BMC.

Visit and click through the Student Timeline in the Student Life section of the website to see suggested MRP milestones.

Submitting Your MRP

All Students

  1. Final Approval Form including all required signatures (2-­3 depending on the MRP committee structure).
  2. Typed Minutes of the three required committee meetings.

In addition, a copy of your project must be submitted in accordance with the following:

Media Design Field

For the Media Design field MRP submission requirements, please submit:

  • One clearly labelled copy of an MRP USB flash drive including
    • This includes:
      • final project files of your project
      • The compressed (h.264) version of your MRP screencast
      • Two high-res images
      • Your meeting minutes (in Word or PDF format)
    • Submitted to:
      • The office, for the BMC archives
      • The office, for the BMC library to be loaned out
      • Optionally, extra copies for your supervisor and your content expert
  • One set of digital media
    • This includes:
      • final project files of your project
      • The compressed (h.264) version of your MRP screencast
      • Two high-res images
      • Your meeting minutes (in Word or PDF format)
    • Submitted to:
      • The Video Editing Suite Overlord account
      • The file path is: BMC Video Files Drive > BMC MRP Archive > 3D Animation > [graduation year] > [a folder in the form “Lastname, Firstname”]
    • The department will upload your compressed animation to the Biomedical Communications Vimeo account for online viewing.
  • Paper copy of Final Approval Form
    • This includes:
      • All required signatures
    • Submitted to:
      • The office
  • The student is responsible for ensuring the supervisor and scientific advisor have appropriate access to the project for non-profit and educational purposes.

Visualization Design Field

For the Visualization Design Field MRP submission requirements, please submit:

  • One clearly labelled copy of an MRP USB flash drive
    • This includes:
      • The minimally compressed (Prores4444) version of your MRP
      • The compressed version of your MRP
      • Two high-res images
      • Your meeting minutes (in Word or PDF format)
    • Submitted to:
      • The office, for the BMC archives
      • The office, for the BMC library to be loaned out
      • Optionally, extra copies for your supervisor and your content expert
  • One set of digital media
    • This includes:
      • The minimally compressed (Prores4444) version of your MRP
      • The compressed (h.264) version of your MRP
      • Two high-res images
      • Your meeting minutes (in Word or PDF format)
    • Submitted to:
      • The Video Editing Suite Overlord account
      • The file path is: BMC Video Files Drive > BMC MRP Archive > 3D Animation > [graduation year] > [a folder in the form “Lastname, Firstname”]
    • The department will upload your compressed animation to the Biomedical Communications Vimeo account for online viewing.
  • Paper copy of Final Approval Form
    • This includes:
      • All required signatures
    • Submitted to:
      • The office
  • The student is responsible for ensuring the supervisor and scientific advisor have appropriate access to the project for non-profit and educational purposes.

Item Details:

  • Final Approval Form
    • This is a paper copy submitted to the office.
    • This must including all required signatures (2–3 depending on the MRP committee structure).
  • Meeting Minutes
    • Typed, formatted minutes for at least three committee meetings, exported as pdf.
    • Include who was present, the date, and the points of discussion.
    • Make note of the “actionable” outcomes of each meeting.
    • Name: ABC_Lastname_F_Meeting_Minutes.pdf
  • Uncompressed Version of MRP
    • Export the full resolution (720p or 1080p) animation using ProRes4444 Quicktime .mov (Very high quality, <5–10 GB)
    • Include appropriate credits, funding, and title cards.
    • Name: ABC_Lastname_F_AnimationName_uncompressed.mov (or ABC_Lastname_F_AnimationName_ProRes4444.mov)
  • Compressed Version of MRP
    • Export the full resolution (720p or 1080p) using H.264 .mp4 or .mov.
    • Include appropriate credits, funding, and title cards.
    • Name: ABC_Lastname_F_AnimationName_h264compressed.mov
  • High-res images
    • Choose two different frames from your animation, illustrations, or screen captures from your project suitable for standalone presentation
    • Think how they would look with your name attached, on the wall, in a brochure, as a promotional postcard, as a discussion starter for your MRP, etc.
    • Export to tiff format
    • Name: ABC_Lastname_F_4K_Still_01.tif (and _02.tif)

Optional Distribution

  • Ask your content expert how they would like to be able to use your MRP and send custom digital files to them.
  • Update your promotional website with your new portfolio piece(s).
  • Share your MRP on the BMCAA forum (bmcaa.com).

 

 

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