'Polyelectrolyte Multilayers (PEMs) for Enhanced Embryonic Rat Cortical Neuron Growth' - CHEM 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 simply print this webpage. 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: Chris Barrett

Supervisor's Email: chris.barrett [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-6919

Supervisor's Website: http://www.barrett-group.mcgill.ca/

Supervisor's department: Chemistry

Course number: CHEM 396 (Chemistry)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Polyelectrolyte Multilayers (PEMs) for Enhanced Embryonic Rat Cortical Neuron Growth

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) are thin films constructed using a layer-by-layer (l-b-l) deposition technique. Due to the fact that PEMs are polar and fill with water, PEMs occupy a softness range within the regime of biological tissue, thus making them attractive as an interface between artificial and biological materials. Over the past decade, PEMs have been used in a wide variety of biological applications including optical coatings, macromolecular encapsulation, and biocompatible coatings for artificial implant materials. This CHEM 396 project involves the fabrication of optimal PEMs for growth of embryonic rat cortical neurone. More specifically, we are interested in the role of surface properties on neuronal growth and survival.

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): 60% final report, 20% interim report(s), 20% lab grade.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

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

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: