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'Optics for a Home-built Microscope' - PHYS 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: Sabrina Leslie

Supervisor's Email: sabrina [dot] leslie [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514 398 1835

Supervisor's Website: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/leslielab/

Supervisor's department: Physics

Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)

Term: Summer 2013

Project start date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Project end date: Friday, August 30, 2013

Project title: Optics for a Home-built Microscope

Project description: The Leslie biophysics lab is building a custom fluorescence microscopy station. We are looking for a summer student to set up the supporting optics for our home-built microscope and test it. This optics project will involve: 1.) setting up and aligning lasers, mirrors, and lenses in the excitation and emission pathways of the new microscope; 2.) simulating the performance of the optics and imaging systems; 3.) analyzing the experimentally acquired images of fluorescent polystyrene spheres and fluorescently labeled biomolecules quantitatively; 4.) comparing of the achieved imaging to the simulations. Ideally, we are looking for a student to begin learning optics with a student in the lab this semester, who has the required expertise but is only present until May. This project enables a keen student to join a dynamic research team in Rutherford physics composed of physicists, engineers, biologists, and computer scientists. We are interested in finding a student who is excited to do research throughout the summer, as he/she would be contributing to a new apparatus and working along other full-time lab members. We would be delighted to offer extended biophysics research opportunities in the fall and spring using this new microscope.

Prerequisite: 2 terms completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.6 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 25% Lab book. 25% Presentation. 50% Report.

Project status: This project is taken.

How students can apply: Email Prof. Leslie and attach your transcript (screen capture), CV, statement of interest. Interview may follow.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves using lasers.

Student's Name:

Student's McGill ID:

Student's McGill Email:

Student's Phone:

Student's Program:

Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):

Student's signature - I certify that this course is with a different supervisor and on a different topic than any previous '396' course I have taken. I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:

Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:


Unit chair/director/designate's name:

Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses: