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'Theory of DNA Conformations and Dynamics' - 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:

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: Theory of DNA Conformations and Dynamics

Project description (50-100 words suggested):

This project focuses on the 

theory of polymers, such as DNA molecules. An analytic and numerical treatment of the conformations and diffusion of polymers, under a continuum of applied confinement, will be developed. This theory will be used to understand existing data (fluorescence images of freely diffusing DNA molecules). Through this work, the student will receive training in analytic theory, numerical simulations, and quantitative data analysis. 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): 50% report, 25% presentation, 25% lab book.

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, and with a statement of interest in this or other projects.

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.

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:


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Unit chair/director/designate's name:


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


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