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Department of Biochemistry

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University Catalogue

CONTACT

Graduate Chair: Dr. Ramji Khandelwal

Graduate Secretary: Margaret Strohan

Phone: (306) 966-6379

Department of Biochemistry
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon SK S7N 5E5

Biochemistry

Biochemistry is a multidisciplinary program of scientific research which involves the study of enzymes, metabolic pathways, and the synthesis, structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids. This program contains a strong emphasis on biochemical and molecular biological techniques and on conceptual training in biochemical experimentation. Modern-day biochemists carry out research in a wide variety of areas that include creating genetically-engineered crops that are resistant to environmental pressures, perfecting forensic techniques, elucidating structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, developing drugs for human and animal health, and bioethanol production.

As a graduate student within the Department of Biochemistry, you will be able to pursue studies in:

  • analytical biochemistry
  • cell biochemistry
  • cell biology and cancer
  • enzymes and metabolism
  • nucleic acids and gene expression
  • plant biochemistry
  • protein structure and molecular mechanism

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

CGSR Awards Database
Search here for the most up to date information on awards plus externally administered awards that a graduate student may qualify for: grad.usask.ca/awards/index.html.

Dean's Scholarship Program
These awards will be offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are registering for the first time in a thesis or dissertation-based graduate program at the University of Saskatchewan.
www.usask.ca/cgsr/financial_aid/Deans-Scholarship-Program.php

Graduate Teaching Assistantships
GTA holders provide service in the form of demonstrating, instructing, marking, etc. GTA offers are made by departments and colleges in which graduate programs are offered.

Graduate Teaching Fellowships
GTF holders provide service in the form of demonstrating, leading tutorials, teaching, marking, etc. up to 12 hours per week for the September to April period. GTF awards are allocated by departments and colleges in which graduate programs are offered.

CAREER PATH

The University of Saskatchewan - plus all of these affiliations hire biochemistry graduate students

  • Canadian Light Source (CLS)
  • Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre (SSSC)
  • National Research Council Plant Biotechnology Institute (NRC  PBI)
  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease Association (VIDO)
  • Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)
  • Canadian Light Source (CLS) )
  • Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
  • Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre (SSSC)

 

For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

M.Sc. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Honours Baccalaureate (or equivalent) from a college or university of acceptable standing, and equivalent to the degree at this university with a specialization in Biochemistry or related discipline.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

Ph.D. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. coursework required in Master's program).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

Direct Entry

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

Requirements

  • A four-year honours bachelor’s degree, or equivalent.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college