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New Students

There are a few things you'll need to do before commencing your studies in the Molecular Science Program at Ryerson. Please read the information below and feel free to contact Sarah Kovacs with any questions or concerns.

Visit Student Accounts to "activate your online identity" meaning, get your matrix ID and Ryerson email address. This will allow you to access the my.ryerson portal and your RAMSS account.

You need a OneCard to access Labs and other areas on campus; it's your ID card for Ryerson. Apply online at University Business Services.

A virtual orientation session will be held on Wednesday September 8, 2021, from 1pm-2pm. A zoom link will be emailed to you by Sarah Kovacs. Please reach out to Sarah Kovacs if you do not receive this by September 2, 2021.

At Orientation you will be given a document outlining your funding package details. It will break down your funding for the year including:

  • Ryerson Graduate Development or Fellowship Scholarship (RGD/RGF)
  • Stipend from your Supervisor(s)
  • Approximate income earned through Teaching Assistantships (TA)
  • Any Government Grants you may have applied for and won

The Graduate Student Stipend is part of your funding package. Fill out Part 1 this form and then meet with your supervisor to complete Parts 2 and 3. Return the completed form to Sarah Kovacs, the Graduate Program Administrator (GPA) in KHE-226B (or the drop box outside the office) within the first two weeks of September.  

You must sign a Terms and Conditions Document and submit it to Sarah Kovacs in order to receive your RGF/GDA funding. This form will be shared with you at the start of the Fall term. Contact Sarah Kovacs with any questions.

You and your supervisor will need to complete the Supervisor Checklist and submit the completed document to Sarah Kovacs in KHE-226B.

In discussion with your supervisor(s) you will determine your plan of study, external link, which three courses are relevant to your studies and plan when you will take them. Courses are offered either once per year or more typically, once every other year. Please be sure to check course offerings each term to determine when to enrol in your courses. You can always contact the Graduate Program Administrator with questions about course offerings and enrolment.

Once you have established your Program of Study with your supervisor, you will be responsible for enrolling yourself in your courses on RAMSS. Visit How to Enrol to get started.

Fall 2021
Course Code and Title Instructor Schedule Location
MS8115 Organic Methodology TBD Monday 9am-12pm Virtual
MS8114 Glycobiology Dr. Dustin Little Tuesday 9am-12pm Virtual
MS8103 Genomics and Proteomics Dr. Jeffrey Fillingham Tuesday 12pm-3pm Virtual
MS8104 Interfacial Phenomena Dr. Derick Rousseau Wednesday 9am-12pm Virtual
Seminar Dr. Lesley Campbell Thursday 12pm-2pm Virtual
Seminar Dr. Lesley Campbell Friday 10am-12pm Virtual
MS8117 Molecular Ecology Dr. Janet Koprivnikar Friday 12pm-3pm Virtual
View Course Descriptions


Current Seminar Schedule (link to be posted)

 Note: The Graduate Program Office will enrol students in the appropriate Seminar Course as indicated below.

  • MSc 1st Year: MS8201
  • MSc 2nd Year: MS8202
  • PhD Each Year: MS9201

*Please remember that you can only take one cross listed course in your program. Cross listed courses are graduate courses that are exactly the same an an undergraduate course.

Cross listed Courses in Molecular Science are:

  • MS8114 Glycobiology
  • MS8103 Genomics Proteomics

All forms can be found on Forms and Guidelines and deadlines on YSGS Significant Dates.

Contact Sarah Kovacs, if you have any questions or concerns.

Date and Time

September 23, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

CH: Dr. Erin Chernick, University of British Columbia (Host: Koivisto)

September 30, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

MCB: Dr. James Duncan, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cancer Signaling and Epigenetics (Host: Olson)

October 7, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

EE: Dr. Stefanie Colombo, NSERC CRC Chair in Aquaculture & Nutrition, Dalhousie University (Host: Campbell)

CH: Dr. Hosea Nelson, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, University of California - LA. (Host: Adler)

October 8, 2021

10:00am - 12:00pm

Workshop: Jen Christiansen, Senior Graphics Editor at Scientific American magazine: Seeing is Believing: Visualizing Science for Communication

October 21, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

MCB: Dr. Sabine Elowe, Centre de Recherche sur le Cancer, Université Laval (Host: Botelho)

October 28, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

EE: Dr. Silvana Birchenough, Marine Ecologist, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Government of the UK. (Host: Suehring)

November 4, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

EE: Dr. Cindy Chu, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada. (Host: Melles)

November 11, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

Chem: Dr. Bruce Armitage, Bioorganic Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University (Host: Impellizzeri)

November 18, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

MCB: Dr. Heidi McBride, Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University (Host: Antonescu/Botelho)

EE: Dr. Celina Baines, Department of Biology, McGill University (Host: Koprivnikar)

November 19, 2021


Workshop: X University’s Media training team - How to Speak to the Media

November 25, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

MCB: Dr. Jennifer Geddes-McAllister, Molecular and Cellular Biology Department, University of Guelph (Host: McPhee)

December 2, 2021

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

CH: Dr. Matthew Macleod, Department of Environmental Science, Stockholm University (Host: Suehring)