Research Training & Learning Environment:
Over the past few years, the research program has trained many undergraduate and graduate students. Our students come from many programs within McMaster University, including Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Arts & Science, and Integrated Sciences.
The program has an excellent track-record of involving the brightest minds in a stimulating, nurturing, and constructive research environment. The result of this approach to teaching research has been the multitude of students who have gone to attend medical school, graduate programs, or high-profile training opportunities with international organizations.
The emphasis of the program is on training students to do research in its broadest form, with further focus based on the students’ interests to bench, clinical, or translational research.
‘..The learning environment is supportive yet stimulating, allowing me to grow and learn from each experience I encounter’
‘Working as a research student in CanDECIDE study is the most valuable experience I have throughout my undergraduate degree’
‘The mentorship component of the team is very unique, and gives students a great deal of support. Everyone in the team is learning and there is a great spirit of inquiry and discovery’
‘I learned a great deal about communicating with other team members, patients and families’
‘This …..experience enhanced my knowledge of how research is conducted and helped me grow both professionally and personally by strengthening my communication, teamwork and leadership skills.’
Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate and Undergraduate Students, and Volunteer Opportunities
Graduate, undergraduate and volunteer positions are offered on a regular basis to students from different programs at McMaster University. For undergraduate students, applications should be ideally received before June 15th.
How to apply for a Thesis or Volunteer position?
Applicants should send their transcripts, CV and a brief introductory letter to explain their research interests to Dr. Samaan: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:
Dr. M. Constantine Samaan
Department of Pediatrics
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton ON Canada
We thank all candidates for applying, but due to the high demand for research positions, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Examples of Current Research Projects
- Canadian Study of Determinants of Endometabolic Health in Children (CanDECIDE study):
This study is focused on understanding the determinants of obesity and diabetes in children with chronic diseases.
- Immunometabolic Connections to Scoliosis (ICONS) study:
This study is focused on understanding the determinants of inflammation in children with scoliosis.
- Pediatric & adolescent Type 2 diabetes project:
This project is focused on understanding the factors driving inflammation in children with T2D, and testing the effect of therapies including metformin on metabolic health.
All these studies have clinical and bench components, and students are mentored to work on data collection, analysis and interpretation. There are several other studies conducted in collaboration with investigators within and outside of McMaster University. These studies are discussed on a case-by-case basis with trainees as they become available.