'Effects of drugs during adolescence on dopamine innervation in the lateral habenula' - NSCI 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form
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: Cecilia Flores
Supervisor's Email: cecilia [dot] flores [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's Phone: (514)761 6131 x 2814
Supervisor's Website: http://ceciliafloreslab.com
Supervisor's department: Psychiatry
Course number: NSCI 396 (Neuroscience)
Term: Summer 2013
Project start date: Wednesday, May 6, 2013
Project end date: Friday, August 30, 2013
Project title: Effects of drugs during adolescence on dopamine innervation in the lateral habenula
Project description: Altered dopamine innervation in the lateral habenula, a brain region which exerts influence over the function of areas important for drug reward and addiction, may play a role in mediating the vulnerability to addiction noted after adolescent drug use. This project will compare the dopamine innervation of this region in mice that received drugs during adolescence and will complement behavioral data collected in these mice. The project involves stereological analysis of dopamine terminals in the lateral habenula of mice that received either a sensitizing regimen of amphetamine in early adolescence, or a control regimen of saline.
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 laboratory performance as evaluated by the research supervisor (50%) and the final written research report (minimum 10 pages) graded by the supervisor and the course coordinator or the coordinator's delegate (50%).
Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Handling chemicals.