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How to Proceed

How to proceed:
  1. Find a supervisor. You have met some professors in lectures and seminars. You can also look at the list of neuroscience researchers in various departments at McGill.
  2. Send emails to or speak with professors whose research appeals to you. You should mention that you are a student in the neuroscience major program and that you are interested in pursuing an independent research project as a course in the professor's lab. Do this well ahead of time. If the professor doesn't know about the neuroscience research courses, you can refer him/her to the online course description and to the Coordinator for information.If you are having trouble finding a supervisor for a project, contact the course coordinator who may be able to point you to professors working in your field of interest.
  3. If the professor is willing to accept independent research students and has space in the lab, a meeting should be set up at which potential research projects are discussed. Usually, the professor will suggest possible topics, but if you have a specific idea for a project, feel free to voice it.
  4. If agreement is reached, submit a Research Project Registration Form - NSCI 410 & 420 Registration Form [.pdf] - and have your proposed research project approved by the Course Coordinator. Once the form has been completed by both the student and the prospective supervisor, it must be submitted to the course coordinator, Prof. Dent for approval.  Preferrably, the completed form will be scanned and submitted by email to joseph [dot] dent [at] mcgill [dot] ca.  If the student cannot scan the form, it can be delivered in person to Stewart Biology Building, Room N4/7A.  Once the project has been approved, a permit will be issued allowing you to register through Minerva.
PERMISSION TO REGISTER THROUGH MINERVA WILL NOT BE GIVEN WITHOUT A SPECIFIC PROJECT IN A SPECIFIC LAB BEING APPROVED BY THE COURSE COORDINATOR.