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Instructors:
Any professor at McGill University and affiliated hospitals working in the field of neuroscience.
Coordinator:
Professor Joseph Dent
Stewart Biology Bldg, Rm N4/7A
Phone: 514-398-3724
Email: joseph [dot] dent [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Joseph Dent)
Advisor:
Wendy Brett
Dawson Hall, Room 411
Phone: (514) 398-7330, Email: wendy [dot] brett [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Eligibility:

Restricted to U2 and U3 students in the Neuroscience Major program who have taken NSCI 200 and NSCI 201 (Introduction to Neuroscience 1 and 2). Students may take only one, but not both, of NSCI 410 and NSCI 420. Before being able to register for the course on MINERVA, students must:

  1. arrange supervision with an established McGill neuroscientist,
  2. submit a Research Project Registration Form, and
  3. have their proposed research project approved by the Course Coordinator.

The project registration form can be downloaded here:  2014_nsci_410_and_420_form.pdf . Once a project description has been identified, the completed form must be emailed to the Course Coordinator at joseph [dot] dent [at] mcgill [dot] ca.  The original form must be handed in to Dawson Hall, Room 405 for the Program Advisor, Wendy Brett.  See the registration form for deadlines.

Requirements:
Students are required to:
  • Submit a Research Proposal Abstract 2-3 weeks after the course begins;
  • Submit a Research Progress Abstract halfway through the course;
  • Submit a Final Written Report in the form of a research manuscript towards the end of the course;
All submissions will be made through Assignment Drop-Boxes on WebCT and will have strict deadlines. The penalty for a missed deadline will be 3% per day.

Students may have an opportunity to participate in a poster presentation of their research toward the end of the course.
Evaluation:
The final grade will be determined as follows:
  • 5% for the Proposal Abstract;
  • 5% for the Progress Abstract;
  • 45% for the Final Written Report;
  • 45% for Laboratory Performance.
Students should download the evaluation form from WebCT and forward it to their supervisor.

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see the website on Academic Integrity for more information).

Every student has the right to write term papers, examinations and theses in English or French, except in courses where knowledge of a language is one of the objectives of the course.

In the event of extraordinary circumstances beyond the University's control, the content and/or evaluation scheme in this course is subject to change.