'Automated Control Platform for Single-Molecule Microscopy Instrumentation' - COMP 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: 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: COMP 396 (Computer Science)

Term: Winter 2013-2014

Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Project title: Automated Control Platform for Single-Molecule Microscopy Instrumentation

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The Leslie Lab creates accessible approaches to dramatically improving single-molecule imaging. This research project will develop custom computer-control software for microscopy experiments. Through this project, the student will learn to control a wide range of microscopy instrumentation (e.g. solid state lasers, CCD cameras, nano-positioning stages, microfluidics devices) and to automate this instrumentation for new kinds of biophysical measurements. The primary focus of this project will be instrumentation-control, data-acquisition and data-storage software, which will first be developed using virtual devices and subsequently tested using Leslie’s microscopy station. A secondary, collaborative aspect of this work will be to link the developed control-tools with an image processing platform (being developed in a different 396 project). The student will be directly supervised by Dr. Sabrina Leslie (McGill Physics) and collaborative with another student. This project will be co-supervised by Prof. Derek Ruths (School of Computer Science).

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): The final report is 50% of the final grade. A presentation is 25%. A lab book is 25%.

Other project information: This project is for a student with computer programming experience.

Project status: This project is taken.

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 the project.

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:


Unit chair/director/designate's name:

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