heisenbergh23 wrote:I was wondering if MSc students in Canadian universities (like Toronto, UBC, Alberta,Mcmaster) have opportunities to get involved in serious research? By serious I mean research not just for the sake of thesis. Do proffesors take Msc students seriously, and is there a good collaboration between professor and Msc student, which could possibly lead to publications? Can any canadian students in this forum give some useful tips on how to maximize your research efficiency during MSc ( like when to start doing research, how to balance research, coursework and TA duty, etc)? Thank you!
I myself is enrolled in one such MSc program (my current department is infamous in Quebec for enrolling an excessive amount of graduate students internally, I think 2/3+ went to that school for undergrad as well).
Technically one doesn't need to do original research as a MSc student, but, in practice, everyone is involved in original, serious research, precisely because it benefits professors to have even MSc students do original, serious research. Hence the professors taking MSc students seriously.
As to how exactly it benefits professors to have masters students do serious research (and even publish): NSERC (and provincial grant-awarding agencies as well) takes into account, when evaluating a professor's track record, not only the professor's own publications but also the number and level of graduate students advised.
My own experience was that I had coursework during the first semester and first-semester masters students usually don't do anything towards their thesis other than maybe literature review (and usually, literature review could be started in the first semester only if it helped with the coursework) so the research begins during the second semester, and you have less coursework during the second semester vs. the first.