Joining a Graduate Collaborative Specialization (CS) program gives students who are enrolled in the CSB graduate program the opportunity to become a member of an inter-departmental research community at the University of Toronto in one of three life science areas

Graduate students can register in these programs after gaining admission to CSB other than the MScAC Data Science for Biology Professional Master’s Program, which has a separate application.

CS programs bring together graduate students, postdocs and faculty from research labs of several University Departments to discuss and share exciting, diverse and novel research questions, ideas and approaches that drive the scientific research in these three disciplines.

Participation in the activities of a CS program provides graduate students with a broader experience and perspective of their field of research, helps hone communication skills, and provides opportunities for networking with trainees and faculty from other subdisciplines and departments.

Among the activities offered by these CS programs are: Graduate courses, Seminars/Symposia, Distinguished lectures of leading scientists (including meetings of graduate students with speakers), Yearly Retreats or Research Days (including discussions, talks and posters from graduate students and faculty, food, and best talk and poster prizes), and Social gatherings (e.g. Pub nights). In addition, a collaborative research internship is part of the Collaborative Specialization program in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics.

Membership and completion requirements:

Completion of a Collaborative Specialization program will be recognized with a certificate and a notation on the academic transcript.