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: Albert Berghuis
Supervisor's Email: albert [dot] berghuis [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-8795
Supervisor's Website: www.mcgill.ca/berghuis-lab/
Supervisor's department: Biochemistry
Course number: BIOC 396 (Biochemistry)
Term: Winter 2013-2014
Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014
Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Project title: Structural studies of medically relevant proteins for therapy development
Project description (50-100 words suggested): The student will participate in ongoing research in the Berghuis lab. However, the project will be sufficiently independent so as to provide a real research experience. The research will be in the area of structural biology. The student will pursue structure determination at the atomic level of proteins that can be exploited for therapy development.
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): Midterm report on research objectives and background, 15%. Final thesis at the end of the course (extended lab report), 50%. Oral presentation at the end of the course, 15%. Lab performance, 20%. All elements are assessed by the supervisor (Dr. Berghuis).
Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Biohazardous substances; Handling chemicals; Using lasers.