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: Ehab Abouheif
Supervisor's Email: ehab.abouheif [at] mcgill.ca
Supervisor's department: Biology
Course number: BIOL 396 (Biology)
Term: Winter 2013-2014
Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014
Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Project title: Wing disc apoptosis during development in Pheidole
Project description (50-100 words suggested): In many species of ants, the gene networks regulating wing suppression in wingless castes of ants is not conserved. To study these differences in wing development, larvae from various species of Pheidole ants at specific points in larval-to-pupal development will be isolated, and dissected to reveal their wing discs. Apoptosis assays will then be used to study the spatial and temporal onset of apoptosis in wing discs. We hope to gain better understanding of wing polyphenism in ants through comparison of apoptosis patterns between species.
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): Report: 50%; Lab Work: 25%; Lab Book: 10%; Experimental Design and Outcomes: 15%.
Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
How students can apply / Next steps: After all parts of this application form are completed, and the hard copy is signed by the professor and the student, bring this application form and your unofficial transcript to Susan Gabe (Stewart Biology W3/25B) or Nancy Nelson (W3/25) during office hours.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves animal subjects; handling chemicals.