'Image Processing Interface for Biophysics Experiments' - 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 Website: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~leslielab/
Supervisor's department: Physics
Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)
Term: Fall 2013-2014
Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Project title: Image Processing Interface for Biophysics Experiments
Project description (50-100 words suggested): Confining molecules to tunable, nanoscale imaging chambers can be used to dynamically control their conformations, with a wide range of technological applications. This research project develops custom image processing tools for characterizing DNA conformations (shapes, diffusion, extension, fluctuations). Through this project, the student will receive training in data analysis software (Matlab) as well as data acquisition software (Micromanager and Metamorph). Once the initial analysis toolkit is developed and tested on previously acquired data, a second component of the project will develop “live analysis tools” and interface these tools within a custom microscopy platform. The new capability to analyze data while performing experiments, which will be delivered by this project, has tremendous value. The student will be directly supervised by Dr. Sabrina Leslie (McGill Physics) and work in a collaborative research environment. This project is reserved for a specific student already.
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 report 50%, Presentation 25%, Lab Book 25%.
Other project information:This project is for a student with experience and comfort in computer programming
Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: Email sabrina [dot] leslie [at] mcgill [dot] ca with your transcript and CV attached,along with a statement of research interests.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.