INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").
INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted here. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.
INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).
QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science.
Supervisor's Name: Robert Nadon
Supervisor's Email: robert [dot] nadon [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's Website: http://nadon-mugqic.mcgill.ca/Welcome.html
Supervisor's department: Human Genetics
Course number: HGEN 396 (Human Genetics)
Term: Summer 2013
Project start date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Project end date: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Project title: Investigating Training in Research Methodology and Statistical Analysis for Life Scientists
Project description (50-100 words suggested): A lack of knowledge with regard to research methods and statistics for individuals who become researchers in the medical and life sciences has been suggested as an increasingly significant problem by popular journals, such as Nature. This project intends to look at 16 top universities (5 Canadian and 11 American) in North America and compile the formal training they offer at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels for life scientists, including physicians. From these data, we hope to determine whether North American universities adequately prepare their life scientists for research in an increasingly statistical, informatic and database-driven academic world.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on an evaluation of laboratory (or equivalent) performance (40%), a final written report (50%), and an oral presentation (10%) by the supervisor. Details of the evaluation scheme will be provided by HGEN to supervisors and applicants.
Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: For HGEN: After all of the parts of this application forms are completed and the hard copy is signed by the professor and the student, bring the application form and a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Department of Human Genetics (to the attention of Dr. Patricia N. Tonin, Stewart Biology Building N5.13) during office hours.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: None of the above (NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers)