Author Archives: Kathy Murphy

About Kathy Murphy

Kathy Murphy is a Neuroscientist and internationally recognized scholar investigating the impact of early experience on neuroplasticity of the developing brain. Kathy is the Founder and Director of the MiNDS program (McMaster Integrative Neuroscience & Discovery program) which is an elite Neuroscience graduate program in Canada. Over the past 20 years Kathy’s research has focused on studies of human brain function, brain development, and sensory perception. She has received a number of awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Premier’s Research Excellence Award. Kathy has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Dalhousie University and post-doctoral training in Vision Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She has held academic positions at McGill University and McMaster University, as well as senior positions on federal health research grant selection panels.

Finding a supervisor

One of the most common questions that I’m asked is “how do I find a supervisor? I’ve sent email but not had any replies.” The best thing you can do is to talk to your current professors. And I mean talk to them, don’t email, drop by their office and chat. Tell them what you want to do, who you think you want to work with, and ask them for advice. You can also ask them if they can help you to get in contact with a supervisor.

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Direct entry to PhD

MiNDS accepts direct entry to the PhD program from students who have a strong research and academic background.

The interest in joining the MiNDS program to do a PhD is very strong. Students love the flexible, research focused program and the large number of outstanding supervisors.

We are very happy to get applications from students who are looking for a supportive, collaborative, interdisciplinary neuroscience program for their PhD studies.


Review of applications continues

We are busy with the process of reviewing applications to the MiNDS program.

Once again there have been many outstanding applications for graduate studies in the MiNDS program from students interested in both MSc and PhD studies.

It takes a couple of weeks to complete the initial review of the applications and then the applications are made available for supervisors to look for a student.

If you have been in touch with a supervisor be sure to follow-up with them and ask if they have had an opportunity to look at your application material.


Live Q & A feb 9th, psychology lounge

Drop in for a live and interactive q & a session with me ( dr Murphy) and students from the MiNDS program.

Wed feb 9 th, 4pm, psychology building lounge 2 nd floor

See you there


MiNDS still accepting applications for 2011

The MiNDS program does not have an application deadline.  You can submit your application at any time.  BUT… We begin to review application on Feb 1 and start making admission offers soon after until all of the slots for the fall are filled.  So it is best to get your application in quickly to have the best chance of gaining admission to the MiNDS program.


Got a question???

Got a question about applying to the MiNDS program?  Ask away using the comments below and I’ll do my best to help.


Application steps can be done in any order.

You can complete the application steps in any order.

If you need to update one of the steps of your application just resubmit that step.  We use the most recently submitted step for your application.