'Optics for a Home-built Microscope' - PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Sabrina Leslie

Supervisor's Email: sabrina.leslie [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514 398 1835

Supervisor's Website: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/leslielab/

Supervisor's department: Physics

Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)

Term: Summer 2013

Project start date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Project end date: Friday, August 30, 2013

Project title: Optics for a Home-built Microscope

Project description: The Leslie biophysics lab is building a custom fluorescence microscopy station. We are looking for a summer student to set up the supporting optics for our home-built microscope and test it. This optics project will involve: 1.) setting up and aligning lasers, mirrors, and lenses in the excitation and emission pathways of the new microscope; 2.) simulating the performance of the optics and imaging systems; 3.) analyzing the experimentally acquired images of fluorescent polystyrene spheres and fluorescently labeled biomolecules quantitatively; 4.) comparing of the achieved imaging to the simulations. Ideally, we are looking for a student to begin learning optics with a student in the lab this semester, who has the required expertise but is only present until May. This project enables a keen student to join a dynamic research team in Rutherford physics composed of physicists, engineers, biologists, and computer scientists. We are interested in finding a student who is excited to do research throughout the summer, as he/she would be contributing to a new apparatus and working along other full-time lab members. We would be delighted to offer extended biophysics research opportunities in the fall and spring using this new microscope.

Prerequisite: 2 terms completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.6 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 25% Lab book. 25% Presentation. 50% Report.

Project status: This project is taken.

How students can apply: Email Prof. Leslie and attach your transcript (screen capture), CV, statement of interest. Interview may follow.

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