Jul 05, 2020  
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2014-2015 
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2014-2015 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

The Associate Vice-President and Dean’s Message

McMaster University is known world-wide for innovation in education and research, and the students who are enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies’ programs are the engine that drives that reputation.

We offer Master’s and Ph.D. level programs in fields spanning the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences and Engineering, Business, and the Health Sciences. McMaster also has a long tradition of interaction across disciplinary boundaries, and students and faculty are increasingly finding homes for research and scholarship in our interdisciplinary programs.

The School of Graduate Studies provides leadership for all of these graduate programs, and is responsible for maintaining and improving the standards of graduate scholarship and research at McMaster, and enhancing McMaster’s national and international reputation as a leader in graduate studies and research training. The School also leads strategic planning for graduate expansion and the development of new graduate programs and interdisciplinary programs, works to promote a holistic view of the graduate student experience at McMaster, and will play an increasing role in supporting knowledge translation, professional development, and research training at all levels.

I am honoured to be leading the School of Graduate Studies at this exciting time in the School’s history, as we renew the School’s mission: to provide the best education and training for our students, and to inspire the next generation of researchers, scholars, and leaders.

Associate Vice-President and Dean (Graduate Studies)



Allison B. Sekuler

Dr. Allison Sekuler received her B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology degree from Pomona College in 1986. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently professor in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour.

Dr. Sekuler is a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and focuses on vision science and aging in her research. She was McMaster’s first Associate Vice-President (Research), and has served as Acting Vice-President for Research and International Affairs, Acting Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, Faculty of Science, and Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. As Associate Vice-President (Research), she crafted new programs for post-doctoral fellows, spearheaded the development of new undergraduate research initiatives, and facilitated interdisciplinary research programs, including innovative interactions bridging researchers across the arts, humanities, sciences, and engineering. She is also deeply committed to knowledge translation, and helped found several high profile public outreach programs at McMaster, such as Science in the City and the MACafé Scientifique. 

Dr. Sekuler has won numerous national and international awards for research, teaching and leadership, while graduating and supervising Ph.D., Master’s, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows, and has served on and chaired provincial, federal and international grant review panels and external boards related both to her research and to McMaster’s mission.