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).
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Supervisor's Name: Shaun Lovejoy
Supervisor's Email: lovejoy [at] physics [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's Phone: 1-514-398-6537
Supervisor's Website: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~gang/multifrac/index.htm
Supervisor's department: Physics
Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)
Term: Winter 2013-2014
Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014
Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Project title: Space-time scaling analysis of global precipitation from 1900 to present
Project description (50-100 words suggested): Basic physics and Global Circulation Models predict an increase of global precipitation as a consequence of global warming. However to date, this has not yet been convincingly demonstrated due to a lack of proper treatment of the space-time precipitation variability combined with the use of sparse precipitation data sets (which are confined to land areas). In this project we apply space-time scaling analyses to a new (land and ocean) climate precipitation data set. This analysis will allow us to quantify any anthropogenic increases in precipitation since 1900.
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): There will be a 20 minute presentation (25%) and a final report (75%).
Project status: This project is open to applicant.
How students can apply / Next steps: Discussing with supervisor
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.