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MIMM 501/502 Honours Research Project


Students who will enter their final year of undergraduate studies in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are encouraged to consider Independent Studies in Microbiology and Immunology, MIMM 501/502 D1, D2. The course is an intensive 12-credit program of study and research in the laboratory of one of the professors of the Department. The number of places is limited. To qualify for registration in this course, students must have a CGPA of 3.5 or higher.

12 Credits - Fall and Winter

 MIMM 501-502_Course Outline 2014-2015

 Information Session- January 15, 2014

Course coordinators


Dr. I. L. King 
Duff Medical Building
Room 406
Tel: (514) 398- 7325
Fax: (514) 398- 7052
irah [dot] king [at] mcgill [dot] ca


Dr. C. M. Krawczyk
Duff Medical Building
Room 608
Tel: (514) 398-1376
Fax: (514) 398- 7052
connie [dot] krawczyk [at] mcgill [dot] ca


An information meeting about the course MIMM 501/502 D1, D2 is held annually in January for students who intend to apply for registration. They must state to the course coordinator their intention to register and provide documentation which supports their eligibility. This should consist of an up-to-date unofficial academic transcript and a letter stating areas of research interest (Microbial Physiology/Genetics, Virology, or Immunology). Documents should be submitted to Jennifer DiMassimo, Student Affairs Officer, by February 10.

During the month of February, professors in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology will indicate the number of undergraduate students whom they are willing to accept into their laboratories for the coming year. A list of these professors will be posted. Students are then required to contact a prospective supervisor and to obtain his/her approval for registration. Each student will report this arrangement to the Student Affairs Officer on or before May 1st. This will be conveyed through a letter of agreement between the supervisor and the student, which will include a description of the proposed research project, and will be signed by both parties. The course coordinator must approve all such arrangements prior to registration.

NOTE: Use MIMM 501 for projects in Immunology. For all others use MIMM 502.

Research Project

The professor who acts as supervisor will direct the research project and will provide laboratory space, materials and supplies for the project. Because this is a 12-credit course, students are expected to devote at least 40% of their academic effort towards their research. The nature of the project is determined by consultation between the professor and the student.

To help students in the organization of the research project, each student is required to submit a written research proposal to the course coordinator by mid-January. This proposal will be returned to the student's research advisor for discussion with the student.

Students are required to write a final research report (maximum 30 typed, double-spaced pages) in the form of a scientific manuscript, to be submitted end of April.

Course time and tutorials will be dedicated to scientific writing, using software for reference management, and creating effective scientific presentations.


  1. 10% of the final grade will be assigned by the course coordinator for attendance and active contributions at seminars and tutorials.
  2. 10% of the grade will be assigned to the Proposal, due early January. Expectations for the proposal will be delivered at one of the autumn seminars by the course co-ordinator.
  3. 35% of the final grade will be assigned by the professor who directs the project. This grade will be based on an assessment of the performance of the student and will consider the student's efforts, abilities, and success in research. A written evaluation by the professor will be requested by the course coordinator and this evaluation will be transmitted to the student.
  4. 25% of the grade will be assigned to the final written report. Two copies of the report must be submitted to the course coordinator five (5) days before Student Research Day of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The report will take the form of a scientific manuscript and will include Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Literature Cited, Figures and Tables. The Instructions to Authors are those of the American Society of Microbiology (A.S.M.) and are found in the January issue of all journals published by the A.S.M. The report will be graded by a professor who is not the supervisor of the project and who is familiar with the general research area of the student's project. Written comments by the evaluator will be encouraged.
  5. 20% of the grade will be assigned to the oral presentation. All students must present their research findings at Student Research Day. This event will be scheduled in early May just after final examinations. A title for the presentation must be submitted to the course coordinator by mid-April. The research presentations will be evaluated by professors. The Department makes an award to the student who delivers the best presentation at Student Research Day.