'Mercury Free Microscopy Light Source Testing' - PHGY 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Claire Brown

Supervisor's Email: claire.brown [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 00795

Supervisor's Website: http://www.mcgill.ca/physiology/directory/core-faculty/claire-brown

Supervisor's department: Physiology

Course number: PHGY 396 (Physiology)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Mercury Free Microscopy Light Source Testing

Project description (50-100 words suggested): New solid state light technologies including light emitting diodes (LEDs) are now powerful enough and cover enough of the visible light spectrum to be used as light sources for fluorescence microscopy. This allows researchers to move away from traditional mercury based light sources to greener mercury free solid state sources. This project involves the testing of mercury free light sources for stability, power consumption and light output for research based fluorescence microscopy. Results will be compared to previous results from both mercury based and non-mercury based sources to ensure quality control and applicability of mercury free sources for high quality research microscopes.

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): 50% for the written report and 50% for the laboratory performance

Project status: This project is taken.

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.