Inferring history using genetic data - HGEN 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Simon Gravel

Supervisor's Email: simon.gravel [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 5143984400 #0753

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Human Genetics

Course number: HGEN 396 (Human Genetics)

Term: Summer 2014

Project start date: May 1, 2014

Project end date: August 31, 2014

Project title: Inferring history using genetic data

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Our group uses population genetics to learn about the history, evolution, and biology of human populations. A common approach is to use a historical model to predict patterns of genetic diversity across human populations. By comparing model predictions to sequencing data, we can search for the most likely historical events. The goal of this project is to improve the way historical models are tested by overcoming some computational and statistical limitations. This is a great occasion to familiarize oneself with population genetics, optimization, python programming, statistics, and a fair amount of human (pre)history.

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. Details of the evaluation scheme will be provided by HGEN to supervisors and applicants.

Project status: This project is open to applicant.

How students can apply / Next steps: After all of the parts of this application forms are completed and the hard copy is signed by the professor and the student, bring the application form and a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Department of Human Genetics (to the attention of Dr. Patricia N. Tonin, Stewart Biology Building N5.13) during office hours.

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.