Medical Laboratory Science

Honors in Research Designation

This program is designed for students who are looking for in-depth exposure to research during their Medical Laboratory Science education. Students complete six units of course weight during one summer in a research course offered by the Division. Successful students receive recognition on their transcripts and degrees through the notation, 'With Honors in Research.


To encourage awareness of the importance of basic and clinical biomedical research to students interested in pursuing an advanced research degree upon graduation and students wishing to seek employment as research technologists.

Who qualifies?

The program is open to all students registered in Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Alberta.

How to apply:

  1. Complete and submit an application form for the Honors in Research Program for Medical Laboratory Science students before February 1st.
  2. Inform the director, Division of Medical Laboratory Science, of your intention to pursue the “Honors in Research” designation, and arrange a brief consultation meeting with the director of undergraduate research programs.

Summary of requirements

Entry requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 (of 4.0)
  • A research supervisor willing to sponsor the project
  • A research proposal

Completion requirements:

  • One full summer of research
  • A six-credit research course (MLSCI 491)
  • A final report and an oral presentation

What does Honors in Research offer you?

  1. The “Honors in Research” designation formally recognizes academic training in the area of research.
  2. Active participation in a good research project will improve lateral thinking skills and clarity of reasoning.
  3. The program will allow you to assess your interest in research and may provide you with the stimulus to enter a graduate program, leading to the M.Sc. or PhD degree.
  4. The program will enhance ability to secure employment as a research technologist.

Learn more about the Honors in Research in Medical Laboratory Sciences