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Working with a student from the Master of Science in Biomedical Communications program

If you are a scientist, researcher, clinician, or public health professional interested in acting as a content expert on an illustration, media design, or animation project, there are several ways that you might work with a MScBMC graduate student.


Master’s research project

For ambitious projects, a typical approach would be engaging with one of our first year students (usually in the January to April timeframe) to propose a Master’s Research Project (MRP). The MRP is our term for a capstone project that is a major focus of the student’s second year in our program. Your role would be to serve (along with a member of our faculty) on the student’s advisory committee, and consult on the content, design, and direction of the project. After forming an initial project plan with the advisory committee, the student would work on a research proposal and literature review over the summer. The fall, winter and spring of the second year would be taken up with the design and implementation (and possibly evaluation) of the project.

It is worth noting that the MRP approach has a relatively long timeline. To initiate this process, please provide us with a project description (including funding if available), and we will promote it to the students.

For an MRP project, please contact: Prof. Jodie Jenkinson

Scope: A large scale project

Funding: $10K-20K; not required, but advisable in order to attract students

Timeline: ~12-18 months

Intellectual property: Resides with the graduate student, unless otherwise negotiated prior to the start of the project. Please see our intellectual property discussion paper.

Content expert commitment: Attendance at four Program Advisory Committee meetings, at a minimum. Consultation (via email or brief meetings) with student at other times as needed.


Summer internship

Another approach would be to fund a student on an informal internship over the summer months (July and August) when their demands in our program are minimal.

For an internship project, please contact: Prof. Michael Corrin

Scope: A medium scale project

Funding: ~$3000

Timeline: ~2-3 months

Intellectual property: Resides with the graduate student, unless otherwise negotiated prior to the start of the project

Content expert commitment: Consultation (via email or meetings) with student as needed.


Curriculum-based projects

Another approach would be to work with one of our faculty to see whether there would be an opportunity to work a topic of interest to you into our curriculum. As part of their coursework, students do projects involving anatomy, surgery, and immunology/molgen/biochemistry.

For a curriculum-based project, please contact: Prof. Marc Dryer

 Scope: A small scale project

Funding: None required

Timeline: ~2-3 months, but at very specific times of the year based on our curriculum

Intellectual property: Resides with the graduate student, unless otherwise negotiated prior to the start of the project

Content expert commitment: Consultation (via email or meetings) with student as needed.


Independent contracts

If your timelines are tight, it would probably be best to hire a student or graduate on a contract basis. In this case, BMC faculty are not involved.

We can forward a proposal to our students or graduates; they will respond to you individually. We cannot recommend individuals for you to contact.

To circulate a project description, please contact: Anya Rexha

Scope: Variable

Funding: Depends upon the scope

Timeline: Please be considerate of current students’ academic commitments

Intellectual property: Negotiated prior to the start of the project

Content expert commitment: Consultation (via email or meetings) with student as needed.


Non-compensated projects

MScBMC students have multiple opportunities for exposure and publication, so uncompensated proposals may receive little attention. We can forward such proposals to students, but please be aware that you may receive no response.