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One of IPN's distinctive features is that it is inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary; our faculty researchers are affiliated with various programs within the University, and hence, our students have the flexibility of conducting neuroscientific research that parallel with multiple areas of study.
Since our faculty members are associated with various departments and disciplines, our research sites are numerous and are populated across McGill campus and the city of Montreal. Our multiple research environments consisting of outstanding trainees explain why Montreal is home to one of the highest concentrations of neuroscientists in North America1.
1 Source: https://blog.mtl.org/en/montreal-city-neuroscience
We ensure that our students are supported beyond the classroom and laboratory; Our student society, Graduate Students' Association for Neuroscience (GSAN), brings our students together via yearly events, such as the 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Spring Formal, seasonal outings, and several workshops and social events.
Furthermore, our students are known to dedicate their time and energy in giving back to the community. Our student-managed community outreach group, BrainReach, is a non-profit, award-winning group that aims to teach basic neuroscience to elementary and high school students across the province, and even in the province's rural communities (such as the Northern region).
IPN students have the opportunity to apply for a wide array of awards and fellowships, including internal awards and fellowships, external awards (namely, the Vanier CGS, Fulbright Student Awards), and travel awards.
Between 2015 and 2018, IPN students received 220 competitive fellowships and 91 federal and provincial awards, which include 10 Vanier CGS awards.
Every year, IPN organizes various lectures, seminars and workshops on new and emerging topics in research. One of our biggest events of the year is our annual Scientific Retreat, which is a two-day academic gathering consisting of a keynote address delivered by a well-esteemed researcher, symposia led by our own faculty members and students, student poster presentations, a wine & cheese evening, and a student social.