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Dystroglycan-dependent homeostatic plasticity at hippocampal inhibitory synapses - NSCI 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: David Stellwagen

Supervisor's Email: david [dot] stellwagen [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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Supervisor's department: Neurology & Neurosurgery

Course number: NSCI 396 (Neuroscience)

Term: Summer 2014

Project start date: May 5th, 2014

Project end date: August 15th, 2014

Project title: Dystroglycan-dependent homeostatic plasticity at hippocampal inhibitory synapses

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Homeostatic plasticity is essential for the regulation and maintenance of stable neural function. It is very important during prolonged periods of high neuronal firing rate. Over time, a high neuronal firing rate is restored to normal levels, in part by compensatory changes in excitatory and inhibitory synaptic strengths. Though many such mechanisms have been characterized for homeostatic plasticity at excitatory synapses, corresponding mechanisms at inhibitory synapses are not as well defined. The goal of this project is to investigate the role of dystroglycan, an important scaffolding molecule found at central GABAergic synapses – in homeostatic plasticity at hippocampal inhibitory synapses.

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): Final grade shall be based on an evaluation of laboratory (or equivalent) performance (40%), a final written report (50%), and an oral presentation (10%) by the supervisor.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Handling chemicals.

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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:


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